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Shared Taste Events
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.

Objects kept inside a museum, displayed in a beautiful or artful way, can only be looked at from a distance : the whole point is to keep precious and valuable objects safe from harm. Yet when one actually touches material culture, there is a spark of communication which leads towards to a whole new way of seeing things.

We had the great opportunity last April to visit Museum Prinsenhof in Delft, where Susanne Klüver held a ceramics session,

organized for the students of Prof. Anne Gerritsen’s MA course – The Material Culture of Food and Drink: Interaction and Exchange between Asia and Europe.

After a tour of the Prinsenhof Museum on that sunny morning in the town of Delft, students were split into small groups and each given a crate filled with pot shards and broken vases, to disseminate their origins and functions.

Small Chinese wine cups of delicate porcelain with shiny glaze, sturdy Dutch cooking pots of dark earthenware, a small bowl inscribed ‘Dit is Jan’s kommetje’ – a child’s porridge bowl?- and of course lots of Delftware in blue and white: we were allowed to touch everything, and were made to reflect on the use of these objects in relation to food and drink.

Handling these various ceramic objects, feeling the sharp edged shards and the shiny surfaces, brought the material culture of food and drink to life in a very direct way – and led to many interesting discussions during the session.

Thanks again, Susanne Klüver, for having us!


Photo credit: Anne Gerritsen


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