Unusual Wine Stories and Adventures from the Balkans

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Date: February 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Lecture

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Grab a glass of wine and join Associate Professor of Anthropology Yuson Jung, Ph.D. for an anthropological adventure filled with stories and pictures from her research in Bulgaria, showcasing the transformation of the Bulgarian wine industry from a stateowned and heavily industrialized enterprise into privatized wineries and vineyards – changes that became apparent as the Cold War ceased and state socialism collapsed in Bulgaria. Did you know that Bulgarian wine was "bartered" with Pepsi Cola extract during the Cold War, and that the wine from Bulgaria was blended with Californian wines?

Yuson Jung is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University. Her research explores issues of consumption, food politics, globalization and postsocialism. She is the author of Balkan Blues: Consumer Politics after State Socialism (Indiana University Press, 2019) and co-editor of Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World (University of California Press, 2014). She is currently writing a book based on long-term ethnographic research in Bulgaria, The Cultural Politics of Wine: Globalization, Heritage, and the Transformation of the Bulgarian Wine Industry. She received her PhD from Harvard University, and her MA and BA from Seoul National University (South Korea). She is the recipient of the Wayne State University Board of Governors Award (2020).    

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