I am a. Nguyen

I use food as a metaphor to interrogate discourses of rights and expertise, the scientification of food writing, and conceptions of democracy and inclusivity.

Find me on Twitter at @anannadroid

Content Editor @crustmag, crustmagazine.com

Pieces

"Fragmented Citations From My Mother." So Fi Zine #5, pp. 29-34, June 2019.

"Against Nature." Compound Butter, issue 11, 2019.

"The Best Bowl of Pho." Crust, issue 1, 2019.

"Serving Pizza to the Buddha." Compound Butter, issue 10, 2018.

"The Mundane Tech in Service." So Fi Zine #4, pp. 37-40, November 2018.

"Absence." Peddler online, February 20, 2018.

Book Reviews

(2019) "Critiquing Food and Health in a Technical Democracy," Information, Communication, and Society (review of Digital Food Activism and Digital Sociology).

(2019) "Making Taste Public: Ethnographies of Food and the Senses," Food, Culture & Society.

(2018) "The Book," by Amaranth Borsuk, MIT Press. London School of Economics Review of Books.

(2018) "Food and Femininity," by Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston, Bloomsbury Academic. CuiZine.

(2018) "Economic Science Fictions," edited by William Davies, Goldsmiths Press. London School of Economics Review of Books.

(2018) "Technology and the Future of Work: The Impact on Labour Markets and Welfare States," by Bent Greve, Edward Elgar Publishing. Information, Communication, and Society.

(2018) "Critical Studies of Innovation: Alternative Approaches to the Pro-Innovation Bias," edited by Benoît Godin and Dominique Vinck, Edward Elgar Publishing. Information, Communication, and Society.

(2017) "Communities and Networks: Using Social Network Analysis to Rethink Urban Community Studies, " by Katherine Giuffre, Polity Press. Information, Communication, and Society.

Talks

2019

"How To Be an [Academic] [Food] Writer." Interface 2019: (Un)bound: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, Carleton University, May 3-4.

2018

"Post-Truth Academia: Towards an Understanding of Subjectivity and Personal Knowledge." Binocular Conference: Chimerizations, York University, May 18-19.

"How We Envision Saving Science Through Food." Renouncing the Ivory Tower: The Decolonization of Anthropology and Sociology, Concordia University, March 22-24.

"Hierarchies of Knowledge: From Food Writing to Understanding Food through Science." Matters of Fact: 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Presented by Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, Theory and Criticism at Western University, March 15-17.

"What Vending Machines and Self-Checkout Have Taught Us about AI." Reformatting the World: HUGSA Conference at York University, February 23-24.

2017

"Political Fermentation: Displacing Knowledge from the Kitchen to the Lab and Its Return to the Kitchen." Leavening the Conversation: Intersections of Food, Fermentation, and Feminism, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, September 30-October 1.

"Voting for Robots with your Fork and Wallet: The Neoliberal Language of Labor and Consumer Choice." Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - STS (In)Sensibilities, Boston, MA, Aug 30-Sept 2.

"The Food (and Science) of the Future: A Technoscientific Genealogy of Soylent." Science in Public, the 11th Annual Science in Public Conference: Science, Technology, and Humanity, University of Sheffield, July 10-12.

"Voting for Robots with your Fork and Wallet: The Neoliberal Language of Labor and Consumer Choice." AFHVS/ASFS Annual Meeting and Conference - \#oxyfood17, Occidental College, June 14-17.

"Consuming Knowledge: On the Possibility of Food Writing." Stop Making Sense: A Conversation between Sensory and Social Science about Food and Drink, Chemical Heritage Foundation, March 10.

2016

"The Food (and Science) of the Future: A Technoscientific Genealogy of Soylent". Sixth International Conference on Food Studies, University of Berkeley, October 12-13.

"Food Experts and Civic Epistemologies: Making Sense of Nutrition and Science in Healthy Eating Literature”. ASFS/AFHVS/CAFS Annual Meeting and Conference - Scarborough Fare: Global Foodways and Local Foods in a Transnational City, University of Toronto Scarborough, June 22-25.

2015

"The Meaning of Food Writing: Food Language and Personal Knowledge in Use". Fifth International Conference on Food Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, September 18-19.