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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Rethinking Commensality: The Sensory Politics of Eating Together in Contemporary Times

13th November 2018, 18:15 to 19:15, St Cuthbert's Society, Professor David Sutton (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)

Abstract

In this talk, Professor David Sutton will explore the venerable topic of commensality, or eating at shared table, and suggests that it needs a reconsideration. Drawing on images from popular culture as well as his own research in Greece, Professor Sutton will argue for the neglected importance of commensality in understanding its relationship to creating sociability and its political potential in contemporary, precarious times. How does cooking and eating together become a political act that challenges some of the key aspects of neoliberal times? By looking at the “Social Kitchen” movement in Greece, he will show some of the ways that sharing food becomes both a symbol and a practice representing resistance to contemporary alienation.

This lecture is free and open to all.


Details about Professor David Sutton

Directions to Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society

Map - St Cuthbert's Society is denoted as building No. 16


Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.