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18:30 - 20:00 11 March 2014

Civilisation: Feasting and drinking


Institute of Archaeology 612 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Chris Carey, panellist, UCL Greek & Latin
Dorian Fuller, panellist, UCL Archaeology
Kaori O'Connor, panellist, UCL Anthropology
Sami Zubaida, panellist, Birkbeck, Politics
Mike Rowlands, chair, UCL Material Culture Studies

Food and drink figure prominently in the understanding of civilisation as a process that incorporates forms of etiquette. Archaeologists have focused on the origins of food production and domestication. Anthropologists have focused on cooking, cuisine, feasting and sacrifice as key to cultural comparison. Classicists have explored the centrality of the symposium to ancient Greek culture and self-identity. The seminar will consider how a cross-civilisational perspective might enhance our understanding of human habits of food production and consumption and the politics of drinking and feasting.


Maria Wyke
+44 (0)20 7679 7522 | m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk


Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation