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Workshop: “Nourishing Values, Feeding Differences: (Religious) Foodways Compared”

Leipzig University, 2–4 March 2023


KFG “Multiple Secularities”, Strohsackpassage, room 4.55,

Nikolaistr. 8-10, 04109 Leipzig

and online via zoom

Convenors: Jörg Albrecht, Bernadett Bigalke, Nikolas Broy (all Leipzig University), and Thomas Krutak (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

The workshop seeks to explore how religion is related to human nutrition in a transregional and cross-cultural historical perspective. Moving beyond comparing religious dietary rules or examining metaphorical usages of “diets as religion,” the workshop takes a specifically Religious Studies perspective to investigate conflicts over (food norms, in which religion becomes significant for negotiations of foodways and vice versa. The contributors look at their specific case studies along various systematic complexes, i.e., administrative or economic regulation of supposedly religious or non-religious diets, ‘relative taboos’ and modes of exceptions regarding what is permissible and what is not, and the dynamics and adaptations in food regimes.

If you are interested in this workshop and would like to attend, please contact Jörg Albrecht.

The public evening lecture can be attended without prior registration.

Download: Workshop Programme