Eating one’s worlds: On foods, metabolic writing and ethnographic humor

What happens to our academic writing when we are invited by our interactants to realize that what is serious for a situated set of practices might not be as serious for another set of practices? In this paper I explore such situations by considering the relations among eaters, ecologies, and the circulation of different types of food in the context of ontological pluralism in southern Chile. Inspired by debates on eating and subjectivities coming from empirical philosophy, as well as by theorizations on how to take others’ worlds seriously offered by “the ontological turn” in anthropology, I explore how ethnographic situations related to eating and to foods transform epistemological distances between subjects and objects. More specifically, I show how taking our interactants seriously may lead us to eat our academic wor(l)ds, making room for unexpected ethnographic transactions emerging beyond ethnographic theorization

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