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Shared Taste Conference programme

Foreigners from the Five Nations Enjoying a Banquet

“Foreigners from the Five Nations Enjoying a Banquet”, Utagawa Yoshikazu, 1861

14th century banquets, British Empire influences on Asian food practices, ancient Indus foods, Jesuit tastes, Indian cheeses, pickles, Nyonya cooking and plenty of sweet things in China and Japan : this conference will give you a great taste of what modern scholars are working on in the field of Asian food.

Shared Taste Conference:
The Shared Taste Conference takes place on June 28, June 29 and June 30 and features scholars working across relevant disciplines to present papers on the Eurasian movement of crops, foodstuffs and food practices, and the role of food in the exchange between Asia and Europe.

Keynote and opening of conference on June 28 by eminent French food historian Françoise Sabban (Paris); special featured speaker on June 29 is Asian food scholar Cecilia Leong-Salobir (Wollongong).

Registration now open:
Please register for the conference through this link: register for the Shared Taste Conference
You can attend all 3 days, or pick your programme. Your ticket includes tea and coffee at the conference venue (Thu, Fri, Sat) and buffet lunch (Thu, Fri). There is a limited amount of discount tickets for students.

Shared Taste Conference dates:

  • Thursday June 28, 12:00-18:00 hrs
  • Friday June 29, 9:30-18:00 hrs
  • Saturday June 30, 9:30-12:00 hrs

Venue: Leiden University, PJ Veth building (Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden, entrance through Academy Building gate) room 1.01 [central staircase]

Shared Taste conference full programme: [PDF]
Shared Taste conference abstracts: [PDF]
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Summer school on Asian Food

To coincide with the opening of the Asian Library at Leiden University in September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Leiden Asia Centre (LAC), and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University, are hosting a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food, for MA/PhD students and early career scholars :

Summer School on Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology

Leiden, Netherlands, 25-29 September 2017

This unique occasion will provide wide ranging coverage of this growing interdisciplinary field with contributions from international experts with at least one of whom each student will be guaranteed an individual consultation about their own work.

The aim of the Summer School is to highlight the wide range of resources for the academic study of Asian Food, available in Leiden and to present advanced methodological approaches and research techniques, together with the hands-on experience necessary for the analysis of historical documents and artefacts.

[deadline has passed, applications are closed ] More general information, information on application procedures, scholarships, accomodation and more can be found at the dedicated website on the Summer School Asian Food at IIAS :

The international experts who will contribute include: Anne Murcott (SOAS, University of London), Nir Avieli (Ben Gurion University, Israel), Katarzyna Cwiertka (Leiden University), and Anne Gerritsen (Warwick University / Leiden University).

AsiaYear exhibition

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. (more…)