The activity for November 17 between Stanford and Uppsala focuses on a very interesting topic: food culture. The instructions for the exchange have students looking at ads and commercials for different foods, considering how these texts reflect, challenge, or help shape specific cultural norms about food, health and weight. As an additional challenge, students were asked to collaborate on a food-related ad of their own.
Afterwards, students were given the following questions for reflection:
- What did you learn about multiple perspectives on rhetorical texts and on doxa concerning food?
- How might you better understand visual texts as reflecting/shaping cultures about food and eating?
- What do you think can be gained by studying another country’s representations and cultural norms of over- or underweight (and the culture of “food” or “eating” in general)?
- What worked best or surprised you most in today’s class? Is this an effective way to learn?