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Jun 10, 2019

Training seminar for high school teachers

September 25, 12:30-17h, University of Utrecht

Organized by NGG Working Group Religion Education

 

Het programma en verdere informatie (in het Nederlands) vindt u hier.

 

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Food and Religious Plurality

Convener: Birgit Meyer (UU).

 

Abstract

What, with whom, when and how people eat and drink is framed through specific food regimes. People incorporate food in deeply embodied ways that become part of their digestive system, gustatory apparatus and habitus. Eating and drinking fundamentally shapes their being in the world on multiple levels – biological, affective, social, ethical. Being natural and cultural, food is at the same time a biological necessity and a powerful social-cultural phenomenon that underpins embodied identities and a sense of community, (non)belonging, and difference. Wherever people who embrace different food regimes meet, there is potential for tensions. At the same time, sharing food and eating and drinking together may instigate (new) senses of togetherness and sociality. If, as the saying goes, people are what they eat, the question is how they negotiate plural food regimes. Doing so is not merely a matter of personal taste, but also involves legal arrangements, state regulations, institutional policies and cultural or even national sensitivities. Food being a vital matter, a focus on different eating practices and their transformation offers a productive entry point into negotiations of how to coexist in plural environments that involve people with various religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. As a fundamental religious matte, food forms a productive entry point for exploring religion and the production of difference. 

 

Speakers so far:
  • Rashida Adum-Atta
  • Margreet van Es
  • Pooyan Tamimi Arab
  • Manpreet Janeja