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High diplomacy and a humble bean

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28-30 June 2018: Conference: Shared Taste: food and exchange in Asia and Europe, keynote Françoise Sabban

25-29 Sept 2017: Summer School: Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology, hosted by IIAS, LeidenAsiaCentre and Shared Taste

11 April 2017: Symposium: Global Jars, with Anna Grasskamp. Venue: Leiden University

28 Nov 2016: Symposium: Global Food History, joint collaboration of Leiden and Warwick. Venue: Leiden University

29 Nov 2016: Symposium: Chinese export paintings: studies and interpretations. At Volkenkunde Leiden, with support of Hulsewe-Wazniewski Foundation

29 Aug- 4 Sept 2016: IEHCA summer university in Tours, France, participating in the 2016 Summer University on Food and Drink Studies

22 April 2016: Lecture Françoise Sabban "The disputed issue of the origin of noodles", Sieboldhuis Leiden

9 November 2015: Asia in Amsterdam Symposium, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

1 May 2015: Dr. Ines Prodöhl (German Historical Institute, Washington DC), ''High diplomacy and a humble bean', University of Leiden

March 2015: 'ideas lunch', to share and exchange ideas on Asia foodways and food culture, Leiden

13 Feb 2015: ''De vroege wereldreizen van een theekopje''. [In Dutch] At Princessehof Leeuwarden, accompanying the exhibition 'Time for Tea'

12 Dec 2014: Inaugural lecture of 'Kikkoman Chair' professor Anne Gerritsen, Academiegebouw, Leiden University, 16:00 hrs

19 Sep 2014: Launch of website 'Shared Taste' and announcement of 'Shared Taste Lecture Series'. Venue: cafe 'Grote Beer', Rembrandtstraat, Leiden, 17:00 - 18:30 hrs.
Soybean shipment in the port of Dairen
Soybean cake in the port of Dairen (Dalian) awaiting for shipment, 1908.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington DC

High diplomacy and a humble bean: The global entanglement of the Manchurian soybean, 1900s–1930s
Ines Prodöhl / Friday May 1, 2015

In this lecture, Ines Prodöhl (German Historical Institute, Washington DC) will trace how imperialism and globalization converged in the Manchurian soybean between approx. 1900 and 1930.

During this period, a steadily increasing demand for soybeans in Japan and Europe shaped the region agriculturally and economically.

At the same time, the struggle between Russia and Japan for imperial control over Northeast China created a highly complex situation for the growers, processors, traders, and purchasers of soybeans and their products.

The lecture disentangles these mainly transnational relationships and discusses the local impact of a process known nowadays as globalization.

Venue: SieboldHuis (Rapenburg 19, Leiden)
Date: Friday May 1, 2015
Time: 14:30-15:30 hours, followed by discussion, then reception and drinks.
You are most welcome to attend! Lecture is free, please register through alice [at]

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