Feasts on Film: Cuisine, Cinema, and Cross-cultural Communication

Dr. Arthur Lizie
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The point of this presentation is to offer a dynamic framework for teaching an undergraduate course that uses foodways and films about food as a means of understanding intercultural and cross-cultural communication. The entire framework can be used as a stand-alone course, either within a communication major or as an orientation section for a travel-abroad course that pulls students from multiple disciplines, or can be adapted for location-specific concerns. The framework is designed with the understanding that the first step toward intercultural and cross-cultural understanding is to understand one’s own culture and, importantly, the mediated representations of that culture. With that in mind, the framework initially offers students encounters with fictional (Big Night) and non-fictional (Super Size Me) constructions of American foodways, offering opportunities for both self-reflection and objective analysis. After this introductory phase, students encounter international films that emphasize both the workings of non-American cultures and the different relationships between food (and, by connection, family and worldview) and culture that are found around the globe. In spite of this seeming ethnocentric view, specific attention is paid to avoid turning students into “food colonizers.”

Keywords: Film, Food, Media, Intercultural Communication, Cross-cultural Communication, Pedagogy
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Arthur Lizie

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Bridgewater State College

Arthur Lizie is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State College (BSC). He is the coordinator of BSC’s First Year Seminars, a discipline-based approach to promoting first-year student engagement through a focus on critical learning outcomes. His teaching focuses on film and new media studies. His research interests include the study of pedagogical methods for teaching intercultural communication and the study of the relationship among the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), culture, and digital divides.

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