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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.

soy-sauce-bottlesLast Thursday, January 26, was the opening of the library Asia exhibition ‘A Buddha in the Backyard’, the kickoff to Leiden’s Asia Year 2017 – a joint programme by Leiden University Libraries, several Leiden museums and the city council to celebrate the merging of all of Leiden University’s Asian collections into a new ‘Asian Library’ at the existing UB Main Library at the Witte Singel.

soy-sauce-bottlesAfter Bollywood dancing, several speeches, and Bruce Lee-style martial arts demonstrations, guests were free to wander around and see the work in progress of the reading room of the Asian Library on the second floor, and come down to view the Asia exhibition near the library reception.

Since it is so important to understanding the region, one of the display cases was completely dedicated to Asian food. The subject of Asian food is a fast growing field of study, on which there are many research materials in the extensive collections of the Asian Library, which will be officially opened mid September this year.

soybeanOn the top shelf of the displays relating to food are several soy sauce bottles, alongside Prof. Anne Gerritsen’s inaugural lecture booklet, Ronald Yates’s book on the Kikkoman corporation, and several Asian cookery books, connecting nicely to to our Shared Taste project. Also on display is a volume of the Seikei zuzetsu 成形圖說, an illustrated Japanese encyclopedic work with colour woodblock prints of vegetables and fruits of the early 19th century.

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Why this project?
Why 'Shared Taste'? There is so much to know on Asia, Europe and the role of food between us! We would like to start exploring texts, tastes and textures on this tentalizing subject, not only in the present day cultures, but also in the history of food, foodways and commodities.

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