Food & Affect

Affective impressions pass in-between consciousness and action. In this liminal space, meaning is created between the sensory, unspoken, and intuitive, and the discursive and material. The intensities of these encounters present the possibilities to affect and to be affected. Food creates, animates, and modulates affective environments. Valorizing affective ways of knowing found in the experience of food liberates a capacity for transformative change. The value in recognizing this is to understand food for its capacity to disrupt hegemony, assert power, and establish equity.