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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Reading the Air and Creating Trouble: Food Allergy Disclosures in Japan

Emma Cook, 2022–23 Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Thursday, January 19, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
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In this talk, Professor Cook explores how people with food allergies in Japan read the air and try to avoid creating trouble for others and themselves through practices of disclosure of their allergies. She traces how their experiences of reading the air and the concept of, and engagement with, feelings of meiwaku emerge out of an imagination of how people might respond to their disclosures, and the social risks that they feel food allergies present.

Emma Cook is a social and medical anthropologist whose research currently focuses on feeling, affect and emotion in food allergy experiences in Japan. She is particularly interested in exploring how the individual and social intersect, interact, and are embodied, and how cultural conceptions of food, food sharing, health, illness, and the body affect experiences of food allergies.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Asia, japan, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures