TTRU researcher Sarah Tracy has been awarded a graduate Jackman Humanities Institute Fellowship for this year. Sarah, who is a PhD student in the History Department at U of Toronto will be working on her project entitled “Metabolizing MSG: Taste, Value, and Increase with Monosodium Glutamate.” This project considers monosodium glutamate (MSG) as a transnational biotechnology phenomenon, a global food additive and alleged toxin. The project investigates MSG as a commodity and technology that reconfigures the metabolic possibilities of living things—in this case, by making food taste better. Sarah’s research pursues the larger question of what it might mean to recognize the relentless plasticity of our bodies, or the ways in which bodies are reconstituted by the diverse living matter they inhabit, house, and otherwise engage.
Congratulations to Sarah Tracy!