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Thinking Like a Cheese: Towards an Ecological Understanding of the Reproduction of Knowledge in Contemporary Artisan Cheesemaking - Harry West (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date12 June 2017
Time15:30 to 17:00
PlaceByrne House

Egenis seminar series. This paper explores cultural transmission through an examination of the reproduction of cheese making knowledge in two locales, namely Nottinghamshire, England and the Auvergne, in France. Both drawing upon and extending the “terroir” concept, I argue that reproducing the cultured practice of cheese making entails acting within a complex ecology comprising everything from lactobacilli to supra-state bureaucracies. I conclude that culture itself is more than a human project, and that in order to reproduce ourselves as cultured beings, we must account for and act within what Whatmore has called a “more-than human” world.

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