William Jaggard

William Jaggard

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: Anthropology
Research Centre/Unit: SPA

I am a first year PhD student looking at the how the sensory perception of chillies has mediated its adoption into the British culinary scene with a specific focus to how its heat/pungency is culturally understood and negotiated. 

My reserach aims to utilise aspects of phenomenology, sensory anthropology and the philosophy of pain to help contextualise and understand the growing culture of chillies in the UK. 

Prior to Exeter I completed an undergraduate MA Anthropology and Religious Studies at University of Aberdeen writing my dissertation on the food and drink quotations of The Analects of Confucius. I then completed my postgraduate MA Anthropology of Food at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. There I wrote my dissertation on Chili festivals in Britian which has influenced and developed my current PhD research proposal.