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On Food and Commensality

November 20, 2012 - 15:15-17:00

As part of the India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow programme, and to celebrate the new study programme on Modern India and South Asian Studies – ADI and ToRS invite you to a series of late afternoon double-lectures this autumn. Tea will be served.

The third and final double lecture is by Assistant Professor Manpreet K. Janeja and NIAS Associate Stig Toft Madsen and will touch upon Food and Commensality.

The Udupi way of eating out
Stig Toft Madsen, Senior Fellow, NIAS, University of Copenhagen

A modern restaurant represents a total refutation of the entire orthodox culinary and jati commensal rules that the tradition inculcates at the level of the domestic hearth”, wrote RS Khare in 1976. Nevertheless, over the last one hundred years, Udupi restaurateurs have taught South Indians to eat old and new types of food in commercial, yet culturally acceptable, settings. Reform of the social and religious matrix of Hindu civilization has proven integrally tied to Brahmin-driven changes in public dietary practices.

Food and society among Bengalis, Hindus and Muslims in Kolkata and Dhaka
Manpreet Kaur Janeja, Assistant Professor
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Abstract will follow shortly

India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow
India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow is a Danish/Indian project initiated by the Danish Holck-Larsen Foundation. The foundation was established by Henning Holck-Larsen, co-founder of the Indian company Larsen & Toubro in India.

The purpose of the project is to link the people of India and Denmark by promoting the exchange of culture, science and trade between the two countries. India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow includes contemporary art exhibitions, film festivals, music, dance and literature events, as well as conferences and academic lectures.


Place: Venue: Room 27.0.09, Faculty of Humanities, Building 27, Njalsgade 136, 2300 Copenhagen S

Organizer: ADI and ToRS

On Food and Commensality


November 20, 2012