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Texas Chili

Description: The study of Texas Chili - the national dish of Texas - is a research "hobby" of mine. As a Texan, when posed with the assignment to research a specific food or dish, I was lead to Chili. I have done two research papers on the topic of Chili - as a symbol of Texas identity and its role in the cook-off world. For more information, including research results and recipes, please visit my website, "Never Beans!"

Presentation:
"Never Beans? How Texas Chili makes Texas real."  Paper Presentation, Inventing Cuisines: Traditions and identity in North American foodways panel, AGSA Student Research Symposium, February 16-17, 2007, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

I also presented this paper in the form of a poster at IU Women in Science Research Day in March 2007. [reconstructed poster in .pdf]

Czech Food and Gender

Description:Both food and gender server as excellent lenses through which we can delve deeper into understanding how a culture or society works and sees the world. Combining the two in the post-socialist, EU context of the Czech Republic allows me to explore shifts in a variety of aspects of daily life. My work thus far has touched on differences between men and women in relation to gender roles and their impact on foodwork.

Presentations:
"'Homemade is homemade': Food and Gender in the Postsocialist Kitchen." Paper Presentation, Central States Anthropological Society 85th Annual Meeting, March 26-28, 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana.

I also presented this paper in the form of a poster at IU Women in Science Research Day in March 2008. [reconstructed poster in .pdf]

Czech Identity

Description: Czech identity is a duality of active and passive roles in history. My research considers how Czechs represent a persistent identity system through hypocrisy or collaboration during times of foreign rule. As a small nation surrounded for the past 700 years by large foreign powers, the Czech nation has survived by using any means possible, from passive resistance to compliant collaboration.

Publications:
2009 The Good Dissident Švejk: An Exploration of Czech Morality and Cultural Survival. Kosmas 22(2).