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Dr. McCann hits media with message on food and religion


Dr. Gillian McCann recently starred in some national and provincial media stemming from her presentation at the annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities about the resemblance of food movements to fanatical religious movements. 

Dr. McCann, associate professor in the department of Religions and Cultures, appeared in the National Post and on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Her paper, The Dangerous and the Delicious: Food Regimens as Secular Asceticism, examines the ways in which food plays a role today in determining who is pure and who is impure, in creating communities, and in producing fanaticism.

She proposes that our over-concern about food is an expression of anxiety, as well as an expression of the loss of rituals around, and gratitude for, the food we eat.

You can read the National Post article, here.

You can watch the TVO segment, here.​

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