Seminar - June 2022

Food Instagram

Food Instagram: Identity, Influence, and Negotiation

Asst Prof Emily Contois (The University of Tulsa); Asst Prof Zenia Kish (The University of Tulsa); Prof Rachel Ankeny (The University of Adelaide); Dr Michelle Phillipov (The University of Adelaide); Prof Deborah Lupton (UNSW Sydney)

For this month’s Food Values Research Group seminar, we will be hosting a launch for Food Instagram: Identity, Influence, and Negotiation, edited by Asst Prof Emily Contois and Asst Prof Zenia Kish. During the seminar, we will be hearing from the book’s editors as well as a panel of experts including Prof Rachel Ankeny, Dr Michelle Phillipov and Prof Deborah Lupton.

Image by image and hashtag by hashtag, Instagram has redefined the ways we relate to food. Emily J. H. Contois and Zenia Kish edit contributions that explore the massively popular social media platform as a space for self-identification, influence, transformation, and resistance. Artists and journalists join a wide range of scholars to look at food’s connection to Instagram from vantage points as diverse as Hong Kong’s camera-centric foodie culture, the platform’s long history with feminist eateries, and the photography of Australia’s livestock producers. What emerges is a portrait of an arena where people do more than build identities and influence. Users negotiate cultural, social, and economic practices in a place that, for all its democratic potential, reinforces entrenched dynamics of power.

When: Thursday, 16th June 2022, 9-10:30 AM (ACST)

Where: Online. Please RSVP to 

Asst Prof Emily Contois is a researcher in media studies at the University of Tulsa. Her research examines the connections between food, the body, health, and identities in the everyday American experience and popular culture.

Asst Prof Zenia Kish is a researcher in media studies at the University of Tulsa. She works at the intersection of transnational American studies, economic anthropology, media studies, and critical development studies. 

Prof Rachel Ankeny is a researcher in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide and is the convenor of the Food Values Research Group. She is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Dr Michelle Phillipov is a researcher in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. Her current work explores how media interest in food is shaping public debate, media and food industry practices, and consumer politics.

Prof Deborah Lupton is a researcher in the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. She has a background in sociology and media and cultural studies, and her research combines qualitative and innovative social research methods with sociocultural theory. 

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