An International Symposium on

Travelling Cuisines:

Culinary Politics and Transnational Foodways in and out of Asia

About discussants at this symposium

Jordan Sand

Jordan Sand is Associate Professor of Japanese History and Culture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC., and Visiting Professor at Tokyo University. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture History from Tokyo University and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He is the author of House and Home in Modern Japan (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects (University of California Press, forthcoming 2013). He is also co-editor of Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). Other publications include “Good Science, Bad Science and Taste Cultures: A Short History of MSG” (Gastronomica, Fall 2005), and the forthcoming article “How Tokyo Invented Sushi.” He teaches on various aspects of cities and material culture as well as a seminar on the world history of food. He is presently working on a book about material culture in the Japanese empire.

Gavin H. Whitelaw

Gavin H. Whitelaw is Associate Professor of Anthropology at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. He is also Coordinator of ICU’s Japan Studies Program. From 2004-2005, he conducted ethnographic research on Japanese convenience stores and the globalization of small shop culture. In addition to his articles and book chapters related to food culture, work, and globalization, he the curator of a special exhibition on convenience store material culture for ICU's Yuasa Memorial Museum. In 2014, his ethnographic study of convenience cuisine 'afterlives' entitled, "Shelf Lives and the Labors of Loss Food, Livelihoods, and Japan’s Convenience Stores," will appear in volume, Capturing Contemporary Japan edited by Satsuki Kawano, Glenda Roberts, and Susan O. Long.

Takeshi Ito

Takeshi Ito teaches and researches at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Global Studies, Sophia University. His research concerns Agrarian Studies, Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, Global Agro-Food Systems, International Political Economy, Southeast Asia, State-Society Relations, Transnational Social Movements, and Power, Domination, and Resistance. His courses include Introduction to Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development, Southeast Asian Politics, Environmental Politics of Agriculture, and Agrarian Societies.