Spicing Academia: Food and Memories in Diasporic Feminine Spaces

This project aims to bring together a group of ten female participants from CSUF who will gather ten times in their home kitchens to co-create food. Participants will draw on their diverse ethnic backgrounds, such as India, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Bolivia, Costa Rica, etc., to explore the meaning of food and sorority in a diasporic context. Using a digital humanities approach, the participants will document the experience via photos, videos, and oral histories. The multi-media stories based on digital documentation will transcend the conventional boundaries of written recipes, inviting audiences into a multisensory journey through a fusion of visuals, sounds, and narratives.

Faculty bio:

headshot of Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar

Mugdha Yeolekar is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Her research interests include agency, gender, materiality, and technology in Indian religions. She has published articles on sex and gender, devotional reading practices, teaching about diversity, and ecologies in Hinduism.