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Penelope Van Esterik

Department of Anthropology

Professor
 
Office: 2054 Vari Hall
Phone: (416) 736-5261 Ext: 77782
Emailesterik@yorku.ca
 
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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Illinois
Professional Leadership

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
1. Conferences Organized
2006 “Gender, Child Survival and HIV/AIDS: From Evidence to Policy” Co-organized with WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, Penang, Malaysia, York University, May 7-9, Toronto.
1993 "Gender and Refugee Issues: Development Implications." Co-organized conference with Wenona Giles and Helene Moussa, York University, May, Toronto.
1993 "The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia." Co-organized conference with Lynne Milgram. The Museum for Textiles, July, Toronto.
1991 "The Quality of Life in Southeast Asia." Co-organized conference with John Van Esterik. Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, York University.

2. Sessions Organized
1999 "Gendered Pasts, Gendered Presents, Gendered Futures." Gender Panel Organizer for the International Thai Studies Conference, Amsterdam, July.
1997 "North-South Dialogues on AIDS:Ethical and Political Dilemmas in Research". Co-organizer and co-chair with Richard Lee. CASCA, St. John's.
1997 "Transforming Crafts in Southeast Asia." Organized and chaired symposium at the Association for Asian Studies meeting, March, Chicago.
1989 "The Construction of Ethnic and National Cuisine." Organized and chaired symposium at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.
1987 "Gender and Development." Organized and chaired symposium at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, April, Oaxaca, Mexico.

3. Offices in Professional Organizations
1991-94 President, Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies.
1987-88 Nominations Committee, Council on Nutritional Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.
1982-84 Chair (Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Group), Association for Asian Studies.
1980-83 Councillor (Southeast Asia Council), Association for Asian Studies.

4. Consultancies
2005 UNICEF, Innocenti +15. Preparation of documents for presentation at the Celebration of the Innocenti + 15, Nov. Florence. Italy.
1997 UNICEF, Lao PDR, Assessment of Women's Programs
1995 Micronutrient Initiatives (IDRC); iodine deficiency in Lao PDR.
1991-94 Academic Advisory Committee, Canada-ASEAN Centre, Singapore.
1991 Wellstart Lactation Management, San Diego, California.
1989-90 UNICEF; Women's Work and Breastfeeding Policy Development.
1989 CIDA; Dry Skim Milk in Canadian Food Aid.
1987-90 Orientation lectures on Thailand. CIDA, Ryerson, and JCAPS, York University.
1985 Population Council, New York; infant feeding practices in developing countries.
1984-85 World Food Programme; evaluation of food commodities.
1984 Manoff International; weaning foods project.
1983 Department of Agriculture, U.S. government; evaluation of project on self-targeted foods for toddlers and pregnant women.
1983 New York State, Albany: needs assessment of Hmong refugees in Syracuse, New York.

5. Editing/Manuscript Review
On-going manuscript review for:
Ecology of Food and Nutrition
Food and Foodways
American Ethnologist
American Anthropologist
Anglophone Book Review Editor (1985-1988): Culture
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Editorial Boards

Maternal and Child Nutrition
International Journal of Breastfeeding

6. Memberships in Professional Organizations

CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society)
CCSEAS (Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies)
AAA (American Anthropology Association)
CNA (Council for Nutritional Anthropology)
AAS (Association for Asian Studies)
Siam Society

Community Contributions

YORK UNIVERSITY SERVICE
1. Department of Anthropology 1995-96 & Graduate Committee. 1991-93 & 1986
1993-94 Acting Director, Graduate Programme.
1993-94 Chair, Graduate Committee.
1993-94 Research Co-ordinator and Chair, Colloquium Seminar Committee.
1990-95,1999-2000 Affirmative Action Officer.
1990-92 Women's Studies Co-ordinator.
1988-90 Executive/Curriculum Committee. 1995, 2009

2. Faculty of Graduate Studies
[Member of the Graduate Faculties of Social Anthropology, Dance, and Women's Studies]
2002-04 York University Senate, representing Faculty of Graduate Studies Promotion and Tenure Committee.
1992-94 Academic Committee. FGS.

3. University
2003-5 Senate, Tenure and Promotion Committee
1995-99 Advisory Committee, York Centre for Health Studies.
1995-96 Acting Director, York Centre for Health Studies. (Jan. 96-June 96)
1993-96 Research Advisory Panel, Office of the Vice President, Academic.
1988-89 Health Studies Steering Committee.
1989-94 Administrative Council, Centre for Refugee Studies.
1985 Seminar Director, World University Service Seminar, Thailand.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
1. Committee/Council Memberships
National Network on the Environment and Women's Health, Executive Committee, 2002-present.
Board of Directors, International Lactation Consultants Association 1995-9.
International Advisory Committee, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). 1999-present.
Advisory Group, Wellstart, Expanded Program for Breastfeeding, Washington, D.C. 1994-7
Technical and advisory support to various services for Southeast Asian refugees in Indiana, New York, and Toronto (family sponsorship, orientation workshops, committee service) 1980-present

2. International Service
Participation in, and oral and written presentations for a number of United Nations meetings (UNICEF, FAO, UNHCR, WHO), including accredited delegate to the International Year of the Family Conference (Malta 1993), Conference on Women (Beijing 1995), and the World Summit on Food (Rome 1996). Global Network on Food Security, participating member.

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All Publications

Books

Food Culture in Southeast Asia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. (141pp.)

Food and Culture: A reader, Second Edition. (ed. with Carole Counihan). New York: Routledge Press.

Head, Heart and Hand: Partnerships for Women’s Hearth in Canadian Environments. 2 Volumes, NNEWH, York University.

Risks, Rights and Regulation: Communicating about Risks and Infant Feeding. WABA: Penang (93pp).

Cultural Anthropology. First Canadian Edition. (with B. Miller, J. Van Esterik). Toronto: Pearson Education. (Second Canadian Edition, 2004; Third Canadian Edition 2006)

Materializing Thailand. Oxford: Berg Press. (274pp.)

Food and Culture: A Reader (ed. with Carole Counihan). New York: Routledge Press.

Development and Diaspora: Gender Implications of the Refugee Experience (ed., with Wenona Giles and Helena Moussa). Dundas, Ontario: Artemis Press.

Women of Southeast Asia. Editor. Revised Second Edition. DeKalb, Illinois: Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Northern Illinois University. (First published 1982.)

The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia (ed., with Lynne Milgram). Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 186pp.

Taking Refuge: Lao Buddhists in North America. Tempe, Arizona and North York, Ont.: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University and York Lanes Press. 148pp. (Reissued with new introduction, 2003)

Women, Work, and Breastfeeding. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 23. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. 96pp. (Mujer, Trabajo Y Lactancia Materna, Spanish translation)

Gender and Development in Southeast Asia (ed. with John Van Esterik). Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 214pp.

Di Balik Kontroversi Asi-Susu Formula. Jakarta, Indonesia: Yayasan Obor Indonesia. (Indonesian translation of Beyond the Breast Bottle Controversy.) 205pp.

Beyond the Breast Bottle Controversy. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. (Simultaneously published as Mother Power and Infant Feeding, London, Zed Press.) 242pp.

Techniques of Healing in Southeast Asia (ed. with C. Laderman). Social Science and Medicine 17(8):747-877.

Intra-Family Food Distribution: Its Relevance for Maternal and Child Health. Ithaca, New York: Cornell Nutrition Surveillance Program.113 pp. (Republished 1985 in: Determinants of Young Child Feeding and Their Implications for Nutritional Surveillance, M. C. Latham, ed., Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 14. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.)

Cognition and Design Production in Ban Chiang Painted Pottery. Athens, Ohio: Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Ohio University Press. 88pp.

Book Chapters

“Global Politics of the Body”. In Women Worldwide: transnational feminist perspectives on women, J.Lee and S. Shaw, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill. Pp.109-130.

“Texts and Contexts in Canadian Anthropology”, In Historicizing Canadian Anthropology, ed. J. Harrison and R. Regnell. Vancouver: UBC Press

“From Hunger Foods to Heritage Foods: Challenges to Food Localization in Lao PDR”. In R. Wilk, ed Fast Food/Slow Food: The Cultural Economy of the Global Food System. Lanham, Md.: Altimira Press.

"Nurturing Cycles". In F. Miller, et al The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health. York University, NNEWH.

"Repositioning Gender, Sexuality and Power in Thai Studies". In Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand, P. Jackson and N Cook, eds., Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books. pp 275-289.

"Ritual and Performance of Buddhist Identity among Lao Buddhists in North America". In Duncan Ryuken Williams and Christopher Queen, eds., American Buddhism. Richmond, Surrey:Curzon Press.

"Food and the Refugee Experience: Gender and Food in Exile, Asylum, and Repatriation." In P. Van Esterik, W. Giles, and H. Moussa, eds., Development and Diaspora. Dundas, Ontario: Artemis Press. pp.61-74.

"Nurturance and Reciprocity in Thai Studies." In P. Durrenberger, ed., State Power and Culture in Thailand. New Haven: Yale University, Southeast Asian Studies Monograph 44. pp.22-46.

"Breast-Feeding and Work: The Situation of Midwives and Other Women Health Care Providers." In S. Murray, ed., International Perspectives on Midwifery. London: Mosby-Wolfe. pp.77-88. (chapter selected as UNICEF's Breastfeeding Paper of the Month, August, 1996, for distribution to UNICEF offices world-wide.)

"The Politics of Breastfeeding: Advocacy and Anthropology." In P. Stuart-Macadam and K. Dettwyler, eds., Breastfeeding: A Biocultural Perspective. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. pp.145- 166.

"The Politics of Beauty in Thailand." In C. Ballero Cohen, R. Wilk, and B. Stoelje, eds. Beauty Queens on the Global Stage. New York: Routledge. pp.203-216.

"Thank You Breasts: Breastfeeding as a Global Feminist Issue." In S. Cole and L. Phillips, eds. Ethnographic Feminisms. Ottawa: Carleton University Press. pp.75-91.

"Rewriting Gender and Development Anthropology in Southeast Asia." In Wazir Jahan Karim, ed., Male and Female in Developing Southeast Asia. Oxford: Berg Publishers. pp.247-259.

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." In H. Dagenais and D. Piche, eds., Women, Feminism and Development. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp.264-279.

"Introduction." In L. Milgram and P. Van Esterik, eds., The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.1-9.

"Cutting Up Culture: Colonizing Costume." In L. Migram and P. Van Esterik, eds., The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.39-52.

"The Right to Food and Good Nutrition: An Anthropologist's Perspective". In E. Linusson, M. Beaudry, and M. Latham, eds. The Right to Food and Good Nutrition. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 26:31-33.

"Thai Prostitution and the Medical Gaze." In P. Van Esterik and J. Van Esterik, eds., Gender and Development in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.133-150.

"Linking Institutions: The Women in Development Consortium in Thailand and Canada." In A. Rao, ed., Women's Studies International: Nairobi and Beyond. New York: Feminist Press. pp.238-247.

"Women in Southeast Asia: Research Directions." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"Lao Refugees: A Short Bibliography on Recent Research." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"Women in Southeast Asia: A Bibliography on Recent Research." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"The Insufficient Milk Syndrome: Biologic Epidemic or Cultural Construction." In P. Whelehan, ed., Women and Health. Granby, Mass.: Bergin and Garvey. pp.97-109.

"Introduction" (with V. Laukaran, J. Post, and B. Winikoff). In B. Winikoff, M. Castle, and V. Laukaran, eds., Feeding Infants in Four Societies. New York: Greenwood Press.

"Indochinese Refugees in Toronto." In L. J. Dorais, K. Chan, and D. Indra, eds. Ten Years Later: Indochinese Communities in Canada. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.117-126.

"The Cultural Context of Infant Feeding." In B. Winikoff, M. Castle, and V. Laukaran, eds., Feeding Infants in Four Societies. New York: Greenwood Press. pp.187-202.

"To Strengthen and Refresh: Herbal Therapy in Southeast Asia." Social Science and Medicine 27(8):751-661.

"Thailand's Response to the Refugee Crisis." In Cultural Survival, Report 22, Southeast Asian Tribal Groups and Ethnic Minorities. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University.

"Confronting Anthropology Confronting Advocacy." In R. Paine, ed., Advocacy and Anthropology. St. John's, Nfld.: Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). pp.59-77.

"The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in Rural Thailand." In V. Hull and M. Simpson, eds. Breastfeeding, Child Health, and Child Spacing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. London: Croom Helm. pp.139-161.

"An Anthropological Perspective on Infant Feeding in Oceania." In L. Marshall, ed., Infant Care and Feeding in the South Pacific. New York: Gordon and Breach. pp.331-343.

"Imitating Ban Chiang Pottery: Towards a Cognitive Theory of Replication." In J. Dougherty, ed., Directions in Cognitive Anthropology. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. pp.221-241.

"Women and Food in Southeast Asia: Recent Research Trends and New Directions." In B. Miller and J. Hyde, eds., Women in Asia and Asian Studies. Committee on Women in Asian Studies, Monograph No. 1. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University. pp.71-81.

"Laywomen in Theravada Buddhism." In P. B. Van Esterik, ed., Women in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia Monograph Series. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University. pp.55-78.

"Infant Feeding Options for Bangkok Professional Women." In Michael C. Latham, ed., The Decline of the Breast: An Examination of Its Impact on Fertility and Health, and Its Relation to Socioeconomic Status. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 10. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. pp.56-79.

"The Infant Formula Controversy in Southeast Asia: Advocacy Confrontation or Applied Anthropology?" In G. Hainsworth, ed., Southeast Asia: Women, Changing Social Structure, and Cultural Continuity. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

"Cultural Factors Affecting the Adjustment of Southeast Asian Refugees." In Southeast Asian Exodus: From Tradition to Resettlement. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 151-171.

"Royal Style in Village Context: Towards a Model of Interaction Between Royalty and Commoner." In C. Wilson, C. Smith, and G. Smith, eds. Royalty and Commoner: Essays in Thai Administrative, Economic and Social History. Contributions to Asian Studies, Vol. XV. Leiden: Brill. pp.102-117.

"Ban Chiang: Archaeological Past and Entrepreneurial Present." In Gordon Means, ed., The Past in Southeast Asia's Present. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.70-79.

"Lactation, Nutrition and Changing Cultural Values: Infant Feeding Practices in Rural and Urban Thailand." In G. Means, ed., Development and Underdevelopment in Southeast Asia. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.140-150.

“Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS: Critical Gaps and Dangerous Intersections.” In Giving Breast Milk, ef R. Shaw and A. Bartlett. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009.

Journal Articles

“Commentaries on Premastication: the second arm of infant and young child feeding for health and survival?, Gretel Pelto, Yuanyuan Zhang, and Jean-Pierre Habicht.” Maternal and Child Nutrition 6(1):19-20.

“Infant Feeding Experiences of Women who were Sexually Abused in Childhood. (with Karen Wood) Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 55, 136-141.

Vintage Breastmilk: Exploring the Discusive Limits of Feminine Fluids. Canadian Theatre Review, 137, Winter.:20-23.

“Infant Feeding and the Right to Food.” In The World Food Crisis and the Human Right to Food, launch issue.

Anna and the King: Digesting Difference. Southeast Asian Research 14(2):289-307.

“Assisiting Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) through Breastfeeding”. Information Sheet for the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH)

No Free Lunch. Agriculture and Human Values 22: 207-208

Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Training at National University of Laos: Lessons for North South Collaboration. (P. Vandergeest, K. Phanvilay, Y. Fujita, J. Fox, P. Hirsch, P. Van Esterik, C. Whitayapak and S. Tyler) Canadian Journal of Development Studies 24(1):119-135.

“Towards Healthy Environments for Children: Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about breastfeeding in a contaminated environment”. www.yorku.ca/nnewh/, WHO (translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Italian).

Contemporary Trends in Infant Feeding Research. Annual Review of Anthropology, Volume 31, 257-27

"Fabricating National Identity: Textiles in Lao PDR". Museum Anthropology 23(1):47-55.

"Right to food; right to feed; right to be fed: the intersection of women's rights and the right to food.” Agriculture and Human Values 16: 225-232.

Women and Nurture in Industrial Societies". Proceedings of the Nutrition Society Vol.56, No. 1B: 335- 343.

I. de Garine and N. Pollock. "Social Aspects of Obesity." The Communicator. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropology Association.

"The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Policy". Food and Nutrition Bulletin Vol. 17, No. 4:422-431.

"Chat of Central Thailand." Southeast Asian Women: Strategies for Change. Special Issue. J. Nagata and: J. Salaff, eds. Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science 24(1):120-130.

"Care, Caregiving and Caregivers". Food and Nutrition Bulletin Vol. 16, No.4:378-389.

"Southeast Asia: A View from the Periphery." Leiden, Netherlands: International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter, 3:41.

"Breastfeeding and Feminism." International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 47(Supplement):41-54.

"Introducing Thailand." American Museum of Natural History. Faces 11(2):4-8.

"From Marco Polo to McDonalds: Thai Cuisine in Transition." Food and Foodways 5(2):177-193.

"Perspectives on Food Systems." Reviews in Anthropology 20:69-78.

In Bogota: Breastfeeding vs. the Bottle" (with M.A. Castle). Class May 1991. pp.56-57.

"Introduction: Techniques of Healing in Southeast Asia" (with C. Laderman). Social Science and Medicine 27(8):747-750.

"Infant Feeding in Urban Kenya: A Pattern of Early Triple Nipple Feeding" (with M.C. Latham, T.C. Elliot, J. Kekovole, V.H.Laukaran). Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 32:276-280.

"Infant Feeding Style in Urban Kenya" (with T. Elliot). Ecology of Food and Nutrition 18(3):183-195.

"Feeding Their Faith: Recipe Knowledge Among Thai Buddhist Women." Food and Foodways 1(1):198-215.

"Beer Consumption and Third World Nutrition" (with J. Greer). Food Policy 10(1):11-13.

"Continuities and Transformations in Southeast Asian Symbolism: A Case Study from Thailand." Bijdragen 140(1):77-92.

"Rice and Milk in Thai Buddhism: Symbolism and Social Values of Basic Food Substances." Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 2(1):46-58.

"Celebrating Ethnicity: Ethnic Flavor in an Urban Festival." Ethnic Groups 4(4):207-227.

"Interpreting a Cosmology: Guardian Spirits in Thai Buddhism." Anthropos 77:1-15.

"Breastfeeding and Women's Work: Constraints and Opportunities" (with T. Greiner). Studies in Family Planning 12(4):182-195.

"The Insufficient Milk Syndrome: An Alternate Explanation" (with T. Greiner and M.C. Latham). Medical Anthropology 5(2):233-248.

"In-home Sponsorship for Southeast Asian Refugees." Journal of Refugee Resettlement 21(2):18-26.

"Ban Chiang Painted Pottery." Studio Potter 14(1):2-5.

"Sweetened Condensed Soma: Dietary Innovation in Southeast Asia." Filipinas: A Journal of Philippine Studies 1(10):96-104. Abstracted in Nutritional Planning, May 1980.)

"An Interpretation of Ban Chiang Rollers: Experiment and Speculation" (with N. Kress). Asian Perspectives 21(1):52-58.

"Royal Style in Village Context: Translation and Interpretation of a Thai Tonsure Text" (with J. Van Esterik). Journal of Asian Folklore Studies 39(1):63-78.

"Symmetry and Symbolism in Ban Chiang Painted Pottery." Journal of Anthropological Research 35(4):495-508.

"A Preliminary Analysis of Ban Chiang Pottery, Northeast Thailand." Asian Perspectives 16(2):174-194.

"Thai Tonsure Ceremonies: A Reinterpretation of Brahmanic Ritual in Thailand." Journal of the Steward Anthropological Society 4(2):79-121.

Conference Papers

“Woman as Canary: Global Discourses on Breastfeeding and the Environment”. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. June 2-5, Scripps College.

“Geneaologies of Nurture: Of Pots and Professors”. Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 25-27.

“Breastfeeding across cultures: dealing with difference”. Breasyfeeding and Feminism 2010: Informing Public Health, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 19-20.

“Doing Lunch in Salaya.” Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, New Orleans.

Joint Statement “Gender, Child Survival and HIV/AIDS: From Evidence to Policy”. Prepared for distribution at the International AIDS Conference, Toronto, August

Narrating Stories from the Field. Experiences from the Field: Methods, Ethics, Critique: A Symposium on Fieldwork., YCISS, York University. March

“Revisiting Lao Food: Pain and Commensality”. Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, Boston.

“1990-2005 Celebrating the Innocenti Declaration: Past Achievements, Present Challenges and Future Directions for Infant and Young Child Feeding”. (long document, 150 pps, UNICEF short version, condensed messages and related pamphlets extracted from long report) . Report published through UNICEF Innocenti Centre in Italian and English, Nov, 2005, revised version, 2006.

“Culinary Tourism: Cooking Thai, Eating Thai”. Paper presented at CASCA meetings, Merida, Mexico, May.

“Others in our Midst: Cross-cultural Practices of Communicating about Cultural Difference”. Internationalization Report submitted to Dean of Arts, York University.

“From Hunger Foods to Heritage Foods: Challenges to Food Localization in Lao PDR”. Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, Hyde Park, New York.

“Lao Share Food: Narratives of Scarcity and Celebration.” Paper presented at the American Anthropology Association annual meetings, Nov. Chicago.

“From the Nestle Boycott to Toxic Breasts: the evolution of intimate praxis”. Paper presented at CASCA meetings, May, Halifax.

“Women, Food and Families” Video interview and transcript of discussion. Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University.

“Political Commensality in Anna and the King”. Paper presented at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, March.

"Risks, Rights and Regulation: Communicating about Risks and Infant Feeding". Report to National Networks on Environment and Women's Health. Discussion paper, York Centre for Health Studies. (revised and published as monograph, 2002)

"Tribute to Jane Hanks on her 90th birthday". Association for Asian Studies, annual meetings, Washington, March.

"The Cultural Context of HIV/AIDS in Thailand". Paper presented at CASCA meetings, June, St. John's, Nfld.,

"Fabricating National Identity: Textiles in Lao P.D.R." Paper presented at Association for Asian Studies, March, Chicago.

"Salt, Lord of the Table: Implications for Iodine Deficiency Disease Control in Lao PDR." Report for Micronutrient Initiatives, IDRC, Ottawa.

Materials developed for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). "Women, Work, and Breastfeeding: Everybody Benefits" (Action Folder); "Breastfeeding as a Feminist Issue" (Action Sheet); "Breastfeeding and the Well-being of Families" (Action Sheet); "Expressing Ourselves" (policy paper on breast pumps). Materials, press releases, reports, and editorials developed for World Breastfeeding Week task force and WABA Secretariat.

"Repositioning Gender and Power in Thai Studies." Keynote address. Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Thailand, July, Australian National University.

"Breastfeeding and the Empowerment of Women" and "Breastfeeding and Human Rights." Workshops presented at the NGO Conference on Women, Beijing.

"Food Security and Gender Equity in Lao PDR." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies meeting, October, Montreal.

"Breastfeeding, Power and Body Boundaries." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.

"Perspectives on Caregiving." Report for the UNICEF Expert Working Group on Young Child Nutrition, Aurora, New York.

"Perspectives on Caregiving." Report for the UNICEF Expert Working Group on Young Child Nutrition, Aurora, New York.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Working Paper Number 10, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Women in Development Consortium in Thailand: Final Report." CIDA, Ottawa.

"Rights to Food, Rights to be Fed, Rights to Feed." Paper presented in a Plenary Panel "Food as a Human Right" at the American Anthropological Association meeting, December, Atlanta.

"Ethnographic Futures and AIDS Research in Thailand." Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies meeting, March, Boston.

"Making Breastfeeding the Norm." Keynote address. OISE Breastfeeding Conference, June, Toronto.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre, Bangkok, Thailand." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, November, Washington, D.C.

"Ethnographic Futures Research on AIDS in Thailand." Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society meetings, May, Toronto.

"Nurturance and Reciprocity in Thai Studies." Working Paper Number 8, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Update on Lao Repatriation." Paper presented at the Refugee Policy in the 1990s meeting, October, Vancouver.

"Listening to Silences: The Unspoken in Thai Gender Analysis." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, April, Washington, D.C.

"Thai Prostitution and the Medical Gaze." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, October, Toronto.

"Public Health and the Appropriate of Culture." Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society meetings, May, London, Ontario.

"Listening to the Silences: The Unspoken in Thai Gender Analysis." Presented at the Gender and Industrialization in Asia meeting, May, SUNY-Purchase, New York.

"Foreign Bodies, Diseased Bodies, No Bodies." Paper presented at the Gender and Sexuality in Asia meetings, December, Los Angeles.

"Nurturance and Urbanism: Speculations on Child Survival in the Tropics." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, November, New Orleans.

"Women in Grassroots Movements." Paper presented at the University-NGO Linkages conference, October, Vancouver.

"Ideologies and Women in Development in Thailand." Working Paper Number 1, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." Working Paper Number 2, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Introduction: Buddhism and Gender Bias - An Analysis of a Jataka Tale by Kornvipa Boonsue." Working Paper Number 3, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"In the Fields Rice: Thai Cuisine in Transition." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asia Studies meeting, November, Vancouver.

"The Invention of Thai Cuisine." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.

"Intimacy and Infant Feeding: Entering the Commensal Circle." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Phoenix. (Refereed)

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." Paper presented at the C.R.I.A.W., November, Quebec City.

"Constructing a Feminist Model of Development." Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, April, Oaxaca, Mexico.

"Ban Chiang and the Invention of Tradition." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Chicago.

"Towards a New Problematic for Infant Feeding Research." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, December, Philadelphia.

"Roundtable on Gender Roles in Burma and Thailand." Paper presented at the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute meeting, July, DeKalb, Illinois.

"Livelihood Security and Livelihood Enhancement." Discussant and presented paper, May, Bandung, Indonesia.

"Buddhism Among Lao Refugees in Toronto." Paper presented February, Toronto

"Maternal Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding" (with V.H. Laukaran). Working Paper Number 19, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Infant Feeding Patterns and Women's Empowerment" (with M.C. Latham and B. Winikoff). Working Paper Number 19, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Integrating Ethnographic and Survey Research: A Review of the Ethnographic Component of a Study of Infant Feeding Patterns in Developing Countries." Working Paper Number 17, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Research on Determinants of Infant Feeding Practices: A Conceptual Framework" (with V.H.Laukaran, E.K.Kellner, B. Winikoff, G. Solimano, M. Latham, and J. Post). Working Paper Number 15, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Ethnic Flavor in an Urban Festival." Report. Institute for Urban Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Book Reviews

Sally Merry, “Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Social Justice, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, On Line Book Reviews.

“From Opium to Chrysanthemums” and “ Drug Story”. (video review) News and Reviews, Asian Education Media Services 8 (1): 1-3

Martin Stuart-Fox, “Historical Dictionary of Laos”. Journal of the Siam Society 89(1&2):132

Sid Brown, “The Journey of One Buddhist Nun”. Journal of the Siam Society 89 (1&2):132-3.

Carol J. Ireson.” Field, Forest and Family: Women's Work and Power in Rural Laos" and "Mya Than and Joseph L. H. Tan (eds.). Laos' Dilemmas and Options". Journal of Asian Studies 57(1):281-282.

Susan Bordo. “Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body". The Communicator. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropology Association.

V. Maher. Anthropology of Breastfeeding." American Anthropologist 95:728-729.

Snit Smuckarn and Kennon Breazeale. “A Culture in Search of Survival: The Phuan of Thailand and Laos." Journal of Asian History 24(2):220-221.

Josephine Reynell. “Political Pawns: Refugees on the Thai-Kampuchean Border." Refuge 9(3):15-16.

Irene Tinker. “Street Foods: Testing Assumptions About Informal Sector Activity by Women and Men." Food and Foodways 3(4):377-378.

A. Eisen. “Women and Revolution in Vietnam” and M. Khaing. “The World of Burmese Women." Canadian Women’s Studies Journal 7:216-217.

Pierre Bourdieu. “Distinction." American Anthropologist 88(2):456-457.

S. Rifkin. “Health Planning and Community Participation." Journal of Asian Studies 45(3):659-660.

J. Robson, ed. “ Food, Ecology and Culture." Journal of Nutrition Education 13(3):123

S. Potter. “Family Life in Northern Thailand." American Anthropologist 81(4):945.

Public Lectures

“Nurturing Power: Food and Commensality in a Globalized World”. Keynote address. Ben-Gurion University, June.

Breastfeeding and Feminism: How Modernity Disrupts Birthplaces and Workplaces. Keynote address, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, March 26

“Challenges to Breastfeeding Advocacy in the Context of HIV/AIDS.” Douglas College, October 16.

“Nurturing Children, Nurturing Anthropology: Child Nutrition in Global Perspective.” University of Saskatoon, January 25.

“Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS: Critical Gaps and Dangerous Intersections”. Presidential Panel on New Approaches for Combatting HIV/AIDS and Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November, San Jose.

“Teaching Food and Culture”, Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM.

“Conceptual Tools for the Study of Food and Globalization”. Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, April

“The Hind Legs of the Elephant: gender, household and health in Southeast Asia.” Continuing Education workshops, Illinois State. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, June.

“Tasting the Other: Explorations of Power and Food in the Thai Imaginary”. Cornell University.

“Breastfeeding Advocacy: Meeting New Challenges in a Globalized World”. University of Hawaii at Hilo, (Mar.6)

“Anna and the King of Siam: Digesting Difference”. University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Mar. 11)

`Lao Food: Here and There, Then and Now”. Arizona State University, (Mar. 18).

Repositioning Breastfeeding in Health Research”. Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand (Dec.4).

"Gender, Power and Technology: Breastfeeding in a Postmodern World". Keynote Address, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Tucson, Arizona. (September)

"Creative Approaches to Breastfeeding and Working Women". Keynote address, Stepping into the Baby Friendly Initiative, Vancouver.

"Breastfeeding: Women's Ways." Keynote address, Continuing Medical Education, Province of Saskatchewan.

"Breastfeeding and Human Rights: global and local initiatives." "Anthropology and Advocacy: rethinking intervention and involvement". Invited lectures, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, March.

"Recreating Breastfeeding Cultures." Plenary speaker, Global Forum on Children's Rights. Bangkok, Thailand, December.

"Women and Nurture in Industrial Society." Plenary Speaker, The Nutrition Society, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

"Institutional Responses to Global Health Issues: Case Studies of Breastfeeding Promotion and AIDS Prevention" (with Colleen O'Manique). Seminar on International Health Promotion, University of Toronto/Ryerson/York Health Promotion Seminar Series, March, Toronto.

"Southeast Asia: A View from the Periphery." President's Forum. Canadian Asian Studies Association. Calgary.

"Gender and Food Security in Lao PDR." UNICEF, February, Vietiane, Lao, PDR.

"Breastfeeding and Women's Empowerment." Bellagio Study Center, April, Bellagio, Italy.

"Socio-cultural Factors Affecting Breastfeeding." Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Expert Working Group on Breastfeeding, Science and Society, May, Vatican City, Italy.

"Gendered Surfaces: Explorations on Thai Gender Identity." Invited lecture. Council on Thai Studies, October, Wisconsin.

"The Dilemma of Context." Invited lecture. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, October, Wisconsin.

"Gender and Development in Southeast Asia." Invited lecture. JCAPS Seminar Series, University of Toronto, October, Toronto.

"Breastfeeding and Feminism." Keynote address. Seminar on Breastfeeding as a Women's Issue: A Dialogue on Health, Family Planning, Work, and Feminism, Georgetown University, September, Washington, D.C.

"Food as a Human Right." Invited lecture. Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, June, Ithaca, New York.1993

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Dean's Invited Lecture. York University, January, Toronto.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Invited lecture. Southeast Asia Program, University of Wisconsin, January, Madison.

"Cross Cultural Perspectives on the Post Partum Period." Population Council, December, New York.

"Thai Studies in Canada." Invited lecture. Northern Illinois University, October, DeKalb, Illinois.

"Feminist Approaches to Health Promotion." York Centre for Health Studies Seminar, York University, January, Toronto.

"Culture, Diversity, and Health: Meeting the Challenge." Keynote address. Meeting the Challenge of Cultural Diversity, Doctors' Hospital, November, Toronto.

"Breastfeeding as a Feminist Issue." Plenary address. International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), October, Forum, Manila.

"Thai Studies in Canada." Invited lecture. Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, July, Bangkok, Thailand.

"Lao Refugees in Canada." Invited lecture. Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, February, Toronto.

"Anthropological Perspectives on Women in Buddhism." Invited lecture. Faculty of Asian Studies, Griffith University, July, Brisbane, Australia.

"Food as a Cultural Symbol." Lecture at faculty seminar. Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, July, Canberra.



Degrees

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Illinois

Professional Leadership

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
1. Conferences Organized
2006 “Gender, Child Survival and HIV/AIDS: From Evidence to Policy” Co-organized with WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, Penang, Malaysia, York University, May 7-9, Toronto.
1993 "Gender and Refugee Issues: Development Implications." Co-organized conference with Wenona Giles and Helene Moussa, York University, May, Toronto.
1993 "The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia." Co-organized conference with Lynne Milgram. The Museum for Textiles, July, Toronto.
1991 "The Quality of Life in Southeast Asia." Co-organized conference with John Van Esterik. Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, York University.

2. Sessions Organized
1999 "Gendered Pasts, Gendered Presents, Gendered Futures." Gender Panel Organizer for the International Thai Studies Conference, Amsterdam, July.
1997 "North-South Dialogues on AIDS:Ethical and Political Dilemmas in Research". Co-organizer and co-chair with Richard Lee. CASCA, St. John's.
1997 "Transforming Crafts in Southeast Asia." Organized and chaired symposium at the Association for Asian Studies meeting, March, Chicago.
1989 "The Construction of Ethnic and National Cuisine." Organized and chaired symposium at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.
1987 "Gender and Development." Organized and chaired symposium at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, April, Oaxaca, Mexico.

3. Offices in Professional Organizations
1991-94 President, Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies.
1987-88 Nominations Committee, Council on Nutritional Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.
1982-84 Chair (Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Group), Association for Asian Studies.
1980-83 Councillor (Southeast Asia Council), Association for Asian Studies.

4. Consultancies
2005 UNICEF, Innocenti +15. Preparation of documents for presentation at the Celebration of the Innocenti + 15, Nov. Florence. Italy.
1997 UNICEF, Lao PDR, Assessment of Women's Programs
1995 Micronutrient Initiatives (IDRC); iodine deficiency in Lao PDR.
1991-94 Academic Advisory Committee, Canada-ASEAN Centre, Singapore.
1991 Wellstart Lactation Management, San Diego, California.
1989-90 UNICEF; Women's Work and Breastfeeding Policy Development.
1989 CIDA; Dry Skim Milk in Canadian Food Aid.
1987-90 Orientation lectures on Thailand. CIDA, Ryerson, and JCAPS, York University.
1985 Population Council, New York; infant feeding practices in developing countries.
1984-85 World Food Programme; evaluation of food commodities.
1984 Manoff International; weaning foods project.
1983 Department of Agriculture, U.S. government; evaluation of project on self-targeted foods for toddlers and pregnant women.
1983 New York State, Albany: needs assessment of Hmong refugees in Syracuse, New York.

5. Editing/Manuscript Review
On-going manuscript review for:
Ecology of Food and Nutrition
Food and Foodways
American Ethnologist
American Anthropologist
Anglophone Book Review Editor (1985-1988): Culture
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Editorial Boards

Maternal and Child Nutrition
International Journal of Breastfeeding

6. Memberships in Professional Organizations

CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society)
CCSEAS (Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies)
AAA (American Anthropology Association)
CNA (Council for Nutritional Anthropology)
AAS (Association for Asian Studies)
Siam Society

Community Contributions

YORK UNIVERSITY SERVICE
1. Department of Anthropology 1995-96 & Graduate Committee. 1991-93 & 1986
1993-94 Acting Director, Graduate Programme.
1993-94 Chair, Graduate Committee.
1993-94 Research Co-ordinator and Chair, Colloquium Seminar Committee.
1990-95,1999-2000 Affirmative Action Officer.
1990-92 Women's Studies Co-ordinator.
1988-90 Executive/Curriculum Committee. 1995, 2009

2. Faculty of Graduate Studies
[Member of the Graduate Faculties of Social Anthropology, Dance, and Women's Studies]
2002-04 York University Senate, representing Faculty of Graduate Studies Promotion and Tenure Committee.
1992-94 Academic Committee. FGS.

3. University
2003-5 Senate, Tenure and Promotion Committee
1995-99 Advisory Committee, York Centre for Health Studies.
1995-96 Acting Director, York Centre for Health Studies. (Jan. 96-June 96)
1993-96 Research Advisory Panel, Office of the Vice President, Academic.
1988-89 Health Studies Steering Committee.
1989-94 Administrative Council, Centre for Refugee Studies.
1985 Seminar Director, World University Service Seminar, Thailand.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
1. Committee/Council Memberships
National Network on the Environment and Women's Health, Executive Committee, 2002-present.
Board of Directors, International Lactation Consultants Association 1995-9.
International Advisory Committee, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). 1999-present.
Advisory Group, Wellstart, Expanded Program for Breastfeeding, Washington, D.C. 1994-7
Technical and advisory support to various services for Southeast Asian refugees in Indiana, New York, and Toronto (family sponsorship, orientation workshops, committee service) 1980-present

2. International Service
Participation in, and oral and written presentations for a number of United Nations meetings (UNICEF, FAO, UNHCR, WHO), including accredited delegate to the International Year of the Family Conference (Malta 1993), Conference on Women (Beijing 1995), and the World Summit on Food (Rome 1996). Global Network on Food Security, participating member.

Current Research Projects

  • Project
    Summary: 
    Community Based Natural Resource Management: Research Capacity Development and Promotion at the NUOL, funded by IDRC. With Peter Vandergeest. Phase 1 completed December, 2002; phase 3 in proposal form.

  • Project
    Description: 
    Centre of Excellence on Women's Health. National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH). research on toxins and breastmilk, and on survivors of CSA (funded December, 1998, 2002)

All Publications

Books

Food Culture in Southeast Asia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. (141pp.)

Food and Culture: A reader, Second Edition. (ed. with Carole Counihan). New York: Routledge Press.

Head, Heart and Hand: Partnerships for Women’s Hearth in Canadian Environments. 2 Volumes, NNEWH, York University.

Risks, Rights and Regulation: Communicating about Risks and Infant Feeding. WABA: Penang (93pp).

Cultural Anthropology. First Canadian Edition. (with B. Miller, J. Van Esterik). Toronto: Pearson Education. (Second Canadian Edition, 2004; Third Canadian Edition 2006)

Materializing Thailand. Oxford: Berg Press. (274pp.)

Food and Culture: A Reader (ed. with Carole Counihan). New York: Routledge Press.

Development and Diaspora: Gender Implications of the Refugee Experience (ed., with Wenona Giles and Helena Moussa). Dundas, Ontario: Artemis Press.

Women of Southeast Asia. Editor. Revised Second Edition. DeKalb, Illinois: Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Northern Illinois University. (First published 1982.)

The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia (ed., with Lynne Milgram). Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 186pp.

Taking Refuge: Lao Buddhists in North America. Tempe, Arizona and North York, Ont.: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University and York Lanes Press. 148pp. (Reissued with new introduction, 2003)

Women, Work, and Breastfeeding. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 23. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. 96pp. (Mujer, Trabajo Y Lactancia Materna, Spanish translation)

Gender and Development in Southeast Asia (ed. with John Van Esterik). Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 214pp.

Di Balik Kontroversi Asi-Susu Formula. Jakarta, Indonesia: Yayasan Obor Indonesia. (Indonesian translation of Beyond the Breast Bottle Controversy.) 205pp.

Beyond the Breast Bottle Controversy. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. (Simultaneously published as Mother Power and Infant Feeding, London, Zed Press.) 242pp.

Techniques of Healing in Southeast Asia (ed. with C. Laderman). Social Science and Medicine 17(8):747-877.

Intra-Family Food Distribution: Its Relevance for Maternal and Child Health. Ithaca, New York: Cornell Nutrition Surveillance Program.113 pp. (Republished 1985 in: Determinants of Young Child Feeding and Their Implications for Nutritional Surveillance, M. C. Latham, ed., Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 14. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.)

Cognition and Design Production in Ban Chiang Painted Pottery. Athens, Ohio: Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Ohio University Press. 88pp.

Book Chapters

“Global Politics of the Body”. In Women Worldwide: transnational feminist perspectives on women, J.Lee and S. Shaw, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill. Pp.109-130.

“Texts and Contexts in Canadian Anthropology”, In Historicizing Canadian Anthropology, ed. J. Harrison and R. Regnell. Vancouver: UBC Press

“From Hunger Foods to Heritage Foods: Challenges to Food Localization in Lao PDR”. In R. Wilk, ed Fast Food/Slow Food: The Cultural Economy of the Global Food System. Lanham, Md.: Altimira Press.

"Nurturing Cycles". In F. Miller, et al The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health. York University, NNEWH.

"Repositioning Gender, Sexuality and Power in Thai Studies". In Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand, P. Jackson and N Cook, eds., Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books. pp 275-289.

"Ritual and Performance of Buddhist Identity among Lao Buddhists in North America". In Duncan Ryuken Williams and Christopher Queen, eds., American Buddhism. Richmond, Surrey:Curzon Press.

"Food and the Refugee Experience: Gender and Food in Exile, Asylum, and Repatriation." In P. Van Esterik, W. Giles, and H. Moussa, eds., Development and Diaspora. Dundas, Ontario: Artemis Press. pp.61-74.

"Nurturance and Reciprocity in Thai Studies." In P. Durrenberger, ed., State Power and Culture in Thailand. New Haven: Yale University, Southeast Asian Studies Monograph 44. pp.22-46.

"Breast-Feeding and Work: The Situation of Midwives and Other Women Health Care Providers." In S. Murray, ed., International Perspectives on Midwifery. London: Mosby-Wolfe. pp.77-88. (chapter selected as UNICEF's Breastfeeding Paper of the Month, August, 1996, for distribution to UNICEF offices world-wide.)

"The Politics of Breastfeeding: Advocacy and Anthropology." In P. Stuart-Macadam and K. Dettwyler, eds., Breastfeeding: A Biocultural Perspective. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. pp.145- 166.

"The Politics of Beauty in Thailand." In C. Ballero Cohen, R. Wilk, and B. Stoelje, eds. Beauty Queens on the Global Stage. New York: Routledge. pp.203-216.

"Thank You Breasts: Breastfeeding as a Global Feminist Issue." In S. Cole and L. Phillips, eds. Ethnographic Feminisms. Ottawa: Carleton University Press. pp.75-91.

"Rewriting Gender and Development Anthropology in Southeast Asia." In Wazir Jahan Karim, ed., Male and Female in Developing Southeast Asia. Oxford: Berg Publishers. pp.247-259.

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." In H. Dagenais and D. Piche, eds., Women, Feminism and Development. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp.264-279.

"Introduction." In L. Milgram and P. Van Esterik, eds., The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.1-9.

"Cutting Up Culture: Colonizing Costume." In L. Migram and P. Van Esterik, eds., The Transformative Power of Cloth in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.39-52.

"The Right to Food and Good Nutrition: An Anthropologist's Perspective". In E. Linusson, M. Beaudry, and M. Latham, eds. The Right to Food and Good Nutrition. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 26:31-33.

"Thai Prostitution and the Medical Gaze." In P. Van Esterik and J. Van Esterik, eds., Gender and Development in Southeast Asia. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.133-150.

"Linking Institutions: The Women in Development Consortium in Thailand and Canada." In A. Rao, ed., Women's Studies International: Nairobi and Beyond. New York: Feminist Press. pp.238-247.

"Women in Southeast Asia: Research Directions." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"Lao Refugees: A Short Bibliography on Recent Research." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"Women in Southeast Asia: A Bibliography on Recent Research." In Documents du GERAC (Le Groupe detudes et de recherches sur l'asie contemporaine), Que Savons-nous et Que Faisons-nous au Subject de L'asie du Sud-est au Canada? Quebec City: Laval University.

"The Insufficient Milk Syndrome: Biologic Epidemic or Cultural Construction." In P. Whelehan, ed., Women and Health. Granby, Mass.: Bergin and Garvey. pp.97-109.

"Introduction" (with V. Laukaran, J. Post, and B. Winikoff). In B. Winikoff, M. Castle, and V. Laukaran, eds., Feeding Infants in Four Societies. New York: Greenwood Press.

"Indochinese Refugees in Toronto." In L. J. Dorais, K. Chan, and D. Indra, eds. Ten Years Later: Indochinese Communities in Canada. Montreal: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.117-126.

"The Cultural Context of Infant Feeding." In B. Winikoff, M. Castle, and V. Laukaran, eds., Feeding Infants in Four Societies. New York: Greenwood Press. pp.187-202.

"To Strengthen and Refresh: Herbal Therapy in Southeast Asia." Social Science and Medicine 27(8):751-661.

"Thailand's Response to the Refugee Crisis." In Cultural Survival, Report 22, Southeast Asian Tribal Groups and Ethnic Minorities. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University.

"Confronting Anthropology Confronting Advocacy." In R. Paine, ed., Advocacy and Anthropology. St. John's, Nfld.: Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). pp.59-77.

"The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in Rural Thailand." In V. Hull and M. Simpson, eds. Breastfeeding, Child Health, and Child Spacing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. London: Croom Helm. pp.139-161.

"An Anthropological Perspective on Infant Feeding in Oceania." In L. Marshall, ed., Infant Care and Feeding in the South Pacific. New York: Gordon and Breach. pp.331-343.

"Imitating Ban Chiang Pottery: Towards a Cognitive Theory of Replication." In J. Dougherty, ed., Directions in Cognitive Anthropology. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. pp.221-241.

"Women and Food in Southeast Asia: Recent Research Trends and New Directions." In B. Miller and J. Hyde, eds., Women in Asia and Asian Studies. Committee on Women in Asian Studies, Monograph No. 1. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University. pp.71-81.

"Laywomen in Theravada Buddhism." In P. B. Van Esterik, ed., Women in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia Monograph Series. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University. pp.55-78.

"Infant Feeding Options for Bangkok Professional Women." In Michael C. Latham, ed., The Decline of the Breast: An Examination of Its Impact on Fertility and Health, and Its Relation to Socioeconomic Status. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph 10. Ithaca, New York: Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. pp.56-79.

"The Infant Formula Controversy in Southeast Asia: Advocacy Confrontation or Applied Anthropology?" In G. Hainsworth, ed., Southeast Asia: Women, Changing Social Structure, and Cultural Continuity. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

"Cultural Factors Affecting the Adjustment of Southeast Asian Refugees." In Southeast Asian Exodus: From Tradition to Resettlement. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. 151-171.

"Royal Style in Village Context: Towards a Model of Interaction Between Royalty and Commoner." In C. Wilson, C. Smith, and G. Smith, eds. Royalty and Commoner: Essays in Thai Administrative, Economic and Social History. Contributions to Asian Studies, Vol. XV. Leiden: Brill. pp.102-117.

"Ban Chiang: Archaeological Past and Entrepreneurial Present." In Gordon Means, ed., The Past in Southeast Asia's Present. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.70-79.

"Lactation, Nutrition and Changing Cultural Values: Infant Feeding Practices in Rural and Urban Thailand." In G. Means, ed., Development and Underdevelopment in Southeast Asia. Ottawa: Canadian Asian Studies Association. pp.140-150.

“Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS: Critical Gaps and Dangerous Intersections.” In Giving Breast Milk, ef R. Shaw and A. Bartlett. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009.

Journal Articles

“Commentaries on Premastication: the second arm of infant and young child feeding for health and survival?, Gretel Pelto, Yuanyuan Zhang, and Jean-Pierre Habicht.” Maternal and Child Nutrition 6(1):19-20.

“Infant Feeding Experiences of Women who were Sexually Abused in Childhood. (with Karen Wood) Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 55, 136-141.

Vintage Breastmilk: Exploring the Discusive Limits of Feminine Fluids. Canadian Theatre Review, 137, Winter.:20-23.

“Infant Feeding and the Right to Food.” In The World Food Crisis and the Human Right to Food, launch issue.

Anna and the King: Digesting Difference. Southeast Asian Research 14(2):289-307.

“Assisiting Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) through Breastfeeding”. Information Sheet for the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH)

No Free Lunch. Agriculture and Human Values 22: 207-208

Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Training at National University of Laos: Lessons for North South Collaboration. (P. Vandergeest, K. Phanvilay, Y. Fujita, J. Fox, P. Hirsch, P. Van Esterik, C. Whitayapak and S. Tyler) Canadian Journal of Development Studies 24(1):119-135.

“Towards Healthy Environments for Children: Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about breastfeeding in a contaminated environment”. www.yorku.ca/nnewh/, WHO (translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Italian).

Contemporary Trends in Infant Feeding Research. Annual Review of Anthropology, Volume 31, 257-27

"Fabricating National Identity: Textiles in Lao PDR". Museum Anthropology 23(1):47-55.

"Right to food; right to feed; right to be fed: the intersection of women's rights and the right to food.” Agriculture and Human Values 16: 225-232.

Women and Nurture in Industrial Societies". Proceedings of the Nutrition Society Vol.56, No. 1B: 335- 343.

I. de Garine and N. Pollock. "Social Aspects of Obesity." The Communicator. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropology Association.

"The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Policy". Food and Nutrition Bulletin Vol. 17, No. 4:422-431.

"Chat of Central Thailand." Southeast Asian Women: Strategies for Change. Special Issue. J. Nagata and: J. Salaff, eds. Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science 24(1):120-130.

"Care, Caregiving and Caregivers". Food and Nutrition Bulletin Vol. 16, No.4:378-389.

"Southeast Asia: A View from the Periphery." Leiden, Netherlands: International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter, 3:41.

"Breastfeeding and Feminism." International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 47(Supplement):41-54.

"Introducing Thailand." American Museum of Natural History. Faces 11(2):4-8.

"From Marco Polo to McDonalds: Thai Cuisine in Transition." Food and Foodways 5(2):177-193.

"Perspectives on Food Systems." Reviews in Anthropology 20:69-78.

In Bogota: Breastfeeding vs. the Bottle" (with M.A. Castle). Class May 1991. pp.56-57.

"Introduction: Techniques of Healing in Southeast Asia" (with C. Laderman). Social Science and Medicine 27(8):747-750.

"Infant Feeding in Urban Kenya: A Pattern of Early Triple Nipple Feeding" (with M.C. Latham, T.C. Elliot, J. Kekovole, V.H.Laukaran). Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 32:276-280.

"Infant Feeding Style in Urban Kenya" (with T. Elliot). Ecology of Food and Nutrition 18(3):183-195.

"Feeding Their Faith: Recipe Knowledge Among Thai Buddhist Women." Food and Foodways 1(1):198-215.

"Beer Consumption and Third World Nutrition" (with J. Greer). Food Policy 10(1):11-13.

"Continuities and Transformations in Southeast Asian Symbolism: A Case Study from Thailand." Bijdragen 140(1):77-92.

"Rice and Milk in Thai Buddhism: Symbolism and Social Values of Basic Food Substances." Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 2(1):46-58.

"Celebrating Ethnicity: Ethnic Flavor in an Urban Festival." Ethnic Groups 4(4):207-227.

"Interpreting a Cosmology: Guardian Spirits in Thai Buddhism." Anthropos 77:1-15.

"Breastfeeding and Women's Work: Constraints and Opportunities" (with T. Greiner). Studies in Family Planning 12(4):182-195.

"The Insufficient Milk Syndrome: An Alternate Explanation" (with T. Greiner and M.C. Latham). Medical Anthropology 5(2):233-248.

"In-home Sponsorship for Southeast Asian Refugees." Journal of Refugee Resettlement 21(2):18-26.

"Ban Chiang Painted Pottery." Studio Potter 14(1):2-5.

"Sweetened Condensed Soma: Dietary Innovation in Southeast Asia." Filipinas: A Journal of Philippine Studies 1(10):96-104. Abstracted in Nutritional Planning, May 1980.)

"An Interpretation of Ban Chiang Rollers: Experiment and Speculation" (with N. Kress). Asian Perspectives 21(1):52-58.

"Royal Style in Village Context: Translation and Interpretation of a Thai Tonsure Text" (with J. Van Esterik). Journal of Asian Folklore Studies 39(1):63-78.

"Symmetry and Symbolism in Ban Chiang Painted Pottery." Journal of Anthropological Research 35(4):495-508.

"A Preliminary Analysis of Ban Chiang Pottery, Northeast Thailand." Asian Perspectives 16(2):174-194.

"Thai Tonsure Ceremonies: A Reinterpretation of Brahmanic Ritual in Thailand." Journal of the Steward Anthropological Society 4(2):79-121.

Conference Papers

“Woman as Canary: Global Discourses on Breastfeeding and the Environment”. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. June 2-5, Scripps College.

“Geneaologies of Nurture: Of Pots and Professors”. Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 25-27.

“Breastfeeding across cultures: dealing with difference”. Breasyfeeding and Feminism 2010: Informing Public Health, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 19-20.

“Doing Lunch in Salaya.” Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, New Orleans.

Joint Statement “Gender, Child Survival and HIV/AIDS: From Evidence to Policy”. Prepared for distribution at the International AIDS Conference, Toronto, August

Narrating Stories from the Field. Experiences from the Field: Methods, Ethics, Critique: A Symposium on Fieldwork., YCISS, York University. March

“Revisiting Lao Food: Pain and Commensality”. Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, Boston.

“1990-2005 Celebrating the Innocenti Declaration: Past Achievements, Present Challenges and Future Directions for Infant and Young Child Feeding”. (long document, 150 pps, UNICEF short version, condensed messages and related pamphlets extracted from long report) . Report published through UNICEF Innocenti Centre in Italian and English, Nov, 2005, revised version, 2006.

“Culinary Tourism: Cooking Thai, Eating Thai”. Paper presented at CASCA meetings, Merida, Mexico, May.

“Others in our Midst: Cross-cultural Practices of Communicating about Cultural Difference”. Internationalization Report submitted to Dean of Arts, York University.

“From Hunger Foods to Heritage Foods: Challenges to Food Localization in Lao PDR”. Association for the Study of Food and Society, June, Hyde Park, New York.

“Lao Share Food: Narratives of Scarcity and Celebration.” Paper presented at the American Anthropology Association annual meetings, Nov. Chicago.

“From the Nestle Boycott to Toxic Breasts: the evolution of intimate praxis”. Paper presented at CASCA meetings, May, Halifax.

“Women, Food and Families” Video interview and transcript of discussion. Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University.

“Political Commensality in Anna and the King”. Paper presented at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, March.

"Risks, Rights and Regulation: Communicating about Risks and Infant Feeding". Report to National Networks on Environment and Women's Health. Discussion paper, York Centre for Health Studies. (revised and published as monograph, 2002)

"Tribute to Jane Hanks on her 90th birthday". Association for Asian Studies, annual meetings, Washington, March.

"The Cultural Context of HIV/AIDS in Thailand". Paper presented at CASCA meetings, June, St. John's, Nfld.,

"Fabricating National Identity: Textiles in Lao P.D.R." Paper presented at Association for Asian Studies, March, Chicago.

"Salt, Lord of the Table: Implications for Iodine Deficiency Disease Control in Lao PDR." Report for Micronutrient Initiatives, IDRC, Ottawa.

Materials developed for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). "Women, Work, and Breastfeeding: Everybody Benefits" (Action Folder); "Breastfeeding as a Feminist Issue" (Action Sheet); "Breastfeeding and the Well-being of Families" (Action Sheet); "Expressing Ourselves" (policy paper on breast pumps). Materials, press releases, reports, and editorials developed for World Breastfeeding Week task force and WABA Secretariat.

"Repositioning Gender and Power in Thai Studies." Keynote address. Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Thailand, July, Australian National University.

"Breastfeeding and the Empowerment of Women" and "Breastfeeding and Human Rights." Workshops presented at the NGO Conference on Women, Beijing.

"Food Security and Gender Equity in Lao PDR." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies meeting, October, Montreal.

"Breastfeeding, Power and Body Boundaries." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.

"Perspectives on Caregiving." Report for the UNICEF Expert Working Group on Young Child Nutrition, Aurora, New York.

"Perspectives on Caregiving." Report for the UNICEF Expert Working Group on Young Child Nutrition, Aurora, New York.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Working Paper Number 10, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Women in Development Consortium in Thailand: Final Report." CIDA, Ottawa.

"Rights to Food, Rights to be Fed, Rights to Feed." Paper presented in a Plenary Panel "Food as a Human Right" at the American Anthropological Association meeting, December, Atlanta.

"Ethnographic Futures and AIDS Research in Thailand." Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies meeting, March, Boston.

"Making Breastfeeding the Norm." Keynote address. OISE Breastfeeding Conference, June, Toronto.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre, Bangkok, Thailand." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, November, Washington, D.C.

"Ethnographic Futures Research on AIDS in Thailand." Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society meetings, May, Toronto.

"Nurturance and Reciprocity in Thai Studies." Working Paper Number 8, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Update on Lao Repatriation." Paper presented at the Refugee Policy in the 1990s meeting, October, Vancouver.

"Listening to Silences: The Unspoken in Thai Gender Analysis." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, April, Washington, D.C.

"Thai Prostitution and the Medical Gaze." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, October, Toronto.

"Public Health and the Appropriate of Culture." Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society meetings, May, London, Ontario.

"Listening to the Silences: The Unspoken in Thai Gender Analysis." Presented at the Gender and Industrialization in Asia meeting, May, SUNY-Purchase, New York.

"Foreign Bodies, Diseased Bodies, No Bodies." Paper presented at the Gender and Sexuality in Asia meetings, December, Los Angeles.

"Nurturance and Urbanism: Speculations on Child Survival in the Tropics." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, November, New Orleans.

"Women in Grassroots Movements." Paper presented at the University-NGO Linkages conference, October, Vancouver.

"Ideologies and Women in Development in Thailand." Working Paper Number 1, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." Working Paper Number 2, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"Introduction: Buddhism and Gender Bias - An Analysis of a Jataka Tale by Kornvipa Boonsue." Working Paper Number 3, Thai Studies Project, York University, North York.

"In the Fields Rice: Thai Cuisine in Transition." Paper presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asia Studies meeting, November, Vancouver.

"The Invention of Thai Cuisine." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Washington, D.C.

"Intimacy and Infant Feeding: Entering the Commensal Circle." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Phoenix. (Refereed)

"Gender and Development in Thailand: Deconstructing Display." Paper presented at the C.R.I.A.W., November, Quebec City.

"Constructing a Feminist Model of Development." Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, April, Oaxaca, Mexico.

"Ban Chiang and the Invention of Tradition." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, November, Chicago.

"Towards a New Problematic for Infant Feeding Research." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting, December, Philadelphia.

"Roundtable on Gender Roles in Burma and Thailand." Paper presented at the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute meeting, July, DeKalb, Illinois.

"Livelihood Security and Livelihood Enhancement." Discussant and presented paper, May, Bandung, Indonesia.

"Buddhism Among Lao Refugees in Toronto." Paper presented February, Toronto

"Maternal Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding" (with V.H. Laukaran). Working Paper Number 19, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Infant Feeding Patterns and Women's Empowerment" (with M.C. Latham and B. Winikoff). Working Paper Number 19, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Integrating Ethnographic and Survey Research: A Review of the Ethnographic Component of a Study of Infant Feeding Patterns in Developing Countries." Working Paper Number 17, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Research on Determinants of Infant Feeding Practices: A Conceptual Framework" (with V.H.Laukaran, E.K.Kellner, B. Winikoff, G. Solimano, M. Latham, and J. Post). Working Paper Number 15, International Programs, Population Council, New York.

"Ethnic Flavor in an Urban Festival." Report. Institute for Urban Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Book Reviews

Sally Merry, “Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Social Justice, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, On Line Book Reviews.

“From Opium to Chrysanthemums” and “ Drug Story”. (video review) News and Reviews, Asian Education Media Services 8 (1): 1-3

Martin Stuart-Fox, “Historical Dictionary of Laos”. Journal of the Siam Society 89(1&2):132

Sid Brown, “The Journey of One Buddhist Nun”. Journal of the Siam Society 89 (1&2):132-3.

Carol J. Ireson.” Field, Forest and Family: Women's Work and Power in Rural Laos" and "Mya Than and Joseph L. H. Tan (eds.). Laos' Dilemmas and Options". Journal of Asian Studies 57(1):281-282.

Susan Bordo. “Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body". The Communicator. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropology Association.

V. Maher. Anthropology of Breastfeeding." American Anthropologist 95:728-729.

Snit Smuckarn and Kennon Breazeale. “A Culture in Search of Survival: The Phuan of Thailand and Laos." Journal of Asian History 24(2):220-221.

Josephine Reynell. “Political Pawns: Refugees on the Thai-Kampuchean Border." Refuge 9(3):15-16.

Irene Tinker. “Street Foods: Testing Assumptions About Informal Sector Activity by Women and Men." Food and Foodways 3(4):377-378.

A. Eisen. “Women and Revolution in Vietnam” and M. Khaing. “The World of Burmese Women." Canadian Women’s Studies Journal 7:216-217.

Pierre Bourdieu. “Distinction." American Anthropologist 88(2):456-457.

S. Rifkin. “Health Planning and Community Participation." Journal of Asian Studies 45(3):659-660.

J. Robson, ed. “ Food, Ecology and Culture." Journal of Nutrition Education 13(3):123

S. Potter. “Family Life in Northern Thailand." American Anthropologist 81(4):945.

Public Lectures

“Nurturing Power: Food and Commensality in a Globalized World”. Keynote address. Ben-Gurion University, June.

Breastfeeding and Feminism: How Modernity Disrupts Birthplaces and Workplaces. Keynote address, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, March 26

“Challenges to Breastfeeding Advocacy in the Context of HIV/AIDS.” Douglas College, October 16.

“Nurturing Children, Nurturing Anthropology: Child Nutrition in Global Perspective.” University of Saskatoon, January 25.

“Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS: Critical Gaps and Dangerous Intersections”. Presidential Panel on New Approaches for Combatting HIV/AIDS and Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November, San Jose.

“Teaching Food and Culture”, Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM.

“Conceptual Tools for the Study of Food and Globalization”. Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, April

“The Hind Legs of the Elephant: gender, household and health in Southeast Asia.” Continuing Education workshops, Illinois State. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, June.

“Tasting the Other: Explorations of Power and Food in the Thai Imaginary”. Cornell University.

“Breastfeeding Advocacy: Meeting New Challenges in a Globalized World”. University of Hawaii at Hilo, (Mar.6)

“Anna and the King of Siam: Digesting Difference”. University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Mar. 11)

`Lao Food: Here and There, Then and Now”. Arizona State University, (Mar. 18).

Repositioning Breastfeeding in Health Research”. Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand (Dec.4).

"Gender, Power and Technology: Breastfeeding in a Postmodern World". Keynote Address, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Tucson, Arizona. (September)

"Creative Approaches to Breastfeeding and Working Women". Keynote address, Stepping into the Baby Friendly Initiative, Vancouver.

"Breastfeeding: Women's Ways." Keynote address, Continuing Medical Education, Province of Saskatchewan.

"Breastfeeding and Human Rights: global and local initiatives." "Anthropology and Advocacy: rethinking intervention and involvement". Invited lectures, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, March.

"Recreating Breastfeeding Cultures." Plenary speaker, Global Forum on Children's Rights. Bangkok, Thailand, December.

"Women and Nurture in Industrial Society." Plenary Speaker, The Nutrition Society, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

"Institutional Responses to Global Health Issues: Case Studies of Breastfeeding Promotion and AIDS Prevention" (with Colleen O'Manique). Seminar on International Health Promotion, University of Toronto/Ryerson/York Health Promotion Seminar Series, March, Toronto.

"Southeast Asia: A View from the Periphery." President's Forum. Canadian Asian Studies Association. Calgary.

"Gender and Food Security in Lao PDR." UNICEF, February, Vietiane, Lao, PDR.

"Breastfeeding and Women's Empowerment." Bellagio Study Center, April, Bellagio, Italy.

"Socio-cultural Factors Affecting Breastfeeding." Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Expert Working Group on Breastfeeding, Science and Society, May, Vatican City, Italy.

"Gendered Surfaces: Explorations on Thai Gender Identity." Invited lecture. Council on Thai Studies, October, Wisconsin.

"The Dilemma of Context." Invited lecture. Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, October, Wisconsin.

"Gender and Development in Southeast Asia." Invited lecture. JCAPS Seminar Series, University of Toronto, October, Toronto.

"Breastfeeding and Feminism." Keynote address. Seminar on Breastfeeding as a Women's Issue: A Dialogue on Health, Family Planning, Work, and Feminism, Georgetown University, September, Washington, D.C.

"Food as a Human Right." Invited lecture. Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, June, Ithaca, New York.1993

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Dean's Invited Lecture. York University, January, Toronto.

"Beauty and the Beast: The Cultural Context of the May Massacre." Invited lecture. Southeast Asia Program, University of Wisconsin, January, Madison.

"Cross Cultural Perspectives on the Post Partum Period." Population Council, December, New York.

"Thai Studies in Canada." Invited lecture. Northern Illinois University, October, DeKalb, Illinois.

"Feminist Approaches to Health Promotion." York Centre for Health Studies Seminar, York University, January, Toronto.

"Culture, Diversity, and Health: Meeting the Challenge." Keynote address. Meeting the Challenge of Cultural Diversity, Doctors' Hospital, November, Toronto.

"Breastfeeding as a Feminist Issue." Plenary address. International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), October, Forum, Manila.

"Thai Studies in Canada." Invited lecture. Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, July, Bangkok, Thailand.

"Lao Refugees in Canada." Invited lecture. Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, February, Toronto.

"Anthropological Perspectives on Women in Buddhism." Invited lecture. Faculty of Asian Studies, Griffith University, July, Brisbane, Australia.

"Food as a Cultural Symbol." Lecture at faculty seminar. Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, July, Canberra.