WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn7 )

Post-covid practices in food and water-ways research – new frontiers, changes in research practice, or?”

Organizers

    Amber L Abrams

    South Africa

    University of Cape Town - Future Water research institute

    Online - Presence

    Dr. Laura Montesi

    Mexico

    CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social)

    Online - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology of Pandemics

Keywords:

post-covid, foodways, waterways, practices, change

Abstract:

In many ways, and in many places, people’s daily lives changed in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. Stories emerged of people disinfecting groceries and other shopping items, families increasing their consumption of vitamins and food supplements as a preventive measure, food delivery services increasing food packaging to ensure hygiene and safety, or popular markets’ and small shops’ attendants becoming more stringent with the use of gloves, masks, and disinfectants. However, today, one year after the last of many countries dropped mask requirements, public spaces look as though they did before 2020 - nearly no mask wearers. That very visible precautionary practice has largely stopped in places where it was not commonplace, but what practices, if any, have remained? What types of food and water ways practices changed during covid and have any of those remained in the post-covid context? How do people understand the maintenance of some of these practices? How has this “sanitary” experience changed people’s relationships with food and water? And for researchers—in public health or in social sciences—how has the (post)covid experience opened new areas and topics of food and water research?