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Avila University professor delivers paper on South Korean film at international conference in Hungary


April 12, 2012

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From the B. Laterna Academia Korean Film Conference Site

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Dr. Dotty Hamilton, professor of film studies at Avila University, traveled to Hungary to participate in a conference about contemporary South Korean film.  Her paper, “Aroma and Appetite: Visual Imagery and the Perception of Taste and Smell in Contemporary Korean Film,” is a result of research she’s conducting for a new interdisciplinary course on Food and Culture, which will be offered in Fall of 2012.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to exchange ideas with film professors from around the globe and do so in a beautiful setting,” said Hamilton, “and I look forward to bringing these ideas into the classroom.”

“Food is ripe with symbolism and has been used for centuries by artists and writers, as well as contemporary filmmakers, to communicate,” said Hamilton, who will be teaching the new course with Graphic Design professor Eric Winter. 

Hamilton noted that the study of food and culture is integral to many of the world’s most important problems from hunger to obesity to the effects of globalized food supply on health and environment.  Through the lens of food students will learn about diverse cultural practices and the language of food.

“Food has a distinctive ability to combine both the powerful symbolic representation of a linguistic system while engaging the whole body of sense memories.  That makes food imagery a fertile area in which to study the synaesthetic qualities of cinema, which was the topic of my presentation in Hungary,” said Hamilton. 



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.