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140077 PS Beef Biryani or Pure-Veg Thali: Gastropolitics in South-Asia (2019S)

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max. 36 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.03. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 13.03. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 20.03. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 03.04. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 10.04. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 08.05. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 15.05. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 22.05. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 29.05. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 05.06. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 12.06. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 19.06. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Wednesday 26.06. 11:45 - 13:15 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Anyone who has been to South Asia knows that food is crucial. It plays a very important role as a biological necessity, as an economic commodity, as the primary ingredient of ritual and social transactions, as medium of social and familial interaction, as a marker of social boundaries, as a principle of classification, and as a focus of ethical concerns of both religious virtuosi and common people, food has always been and continues to be at the heart of Indian ritual practice, social behavior, common etiquette, and theological speculation. The Vedic sacrifices, often involves/d the killing of a sacrificial victim, just as their vegetarian counterparts in modem temples, are essentially offerings of food to the gods. Eating the leftovers of these divine meals provides a major point of contact with the divine for sacrificers and devotees alike.
In this seminar we will explore different examples were food and religious concepts weave the social realities of South Asia. We will look at different religious communities –such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam– and their relationship to food. We will study food in its daily consumption, as well as special feasts that mark religious events in the calendar of different religious communities in India, or other special occasions such as the food consumed during life-cycle rites. We will also look at the different ways in which food is exchanged: begging, fasting, feasting etc. Most importantly our main focus will be on how food can be both the medium and the message of social conflict and how it gets mediated in the context of South Asia.

Assessment and permitted materials

Weekly assignments and active participation. Mini-Research Project on a dish to be presented at the end of the Semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Each class will have a specific theme. The theme will be accompanied by a compulsory reading and at the end of the class, a PPT will be made available on Moodle. Specific questions will be listed and will be part of the exam questions.

Reading list

Will be distributed in class.

Association in the course directory

BA5

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