The Melbourne Free Uni is an autonomous organisation that aims to create a space for constructive engagement with ideas and knowledge for its own sake. It does a kind of ‘academic outreach’ by putting on discussion based sessions that aim to engage audiences with some of the magic of knowledge and enquiry – preferably in or near to a bar.

It’s been running sessions on weeknight evenings in Melbourne’s inner north for the past two years on topics ranging from political philosophy, permaculture and sustainability to indigenous issues, refugee issues, war and peace, law, nationalism and cinema. The MFU is free and open for anyone to attend sessions.

This forthcoming course will be of particular interest to foodies and food bloggers.

The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption and Culture

Eating is a mundane activity that is most often thought of as an expression of personal taste, but this course will look at eating as a culturally produced phenomenon and will attempt to see how and why what’s on the end of our forks got to be there.

Day and time: Thursdays, 6.30-8pm
Place: The Alderman (upstairs), 134 Lygon St East Brunswick
Format: 45 minute presentation, 45 minute open discussion

Week 1 – Thursday 30 August 2012
Pleased to meat you: On being and eating meat
Helen Addison-Smith (Melbourne Uni)

Week 2 – Thursday 6 September 2012
Breastmilk: A meal, a medicine and much more
Jane Kemelfield (Australian Breastfeeding Association)

Week 3 – Thursday 13 September 2012
Making MasterChef political
Luke Van Ryn (Melbourne Uni)

Week 4 – Thursday 20 September 2012
A revolution in an eggcup? Celebrity chefs, ethical consumption and lifestyle politics
Tania Lewis (RMIT)

Week 5 – Thursday 27 September 2012
Fat bodies politic
Jackie Wykes (Melbourne Uni)

Week 6 – Thursday 6 October 2012
The vegan and the locavore
(Anikee Mallis (Radical Grocery Store) and Patrick Jones (poet, Daylesford autonomous branch, UWS)

The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption and Culture

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