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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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IAS Fellows' Public Lecture: Rethinking Commensality: the sensory politics of eating together in contemporary times by Professor David Sutton.

13th November 2018, 18:15 to 19:15, St Cuthbert's Society

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 18:15 to 19:15,

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 (no need to book in advance).

Details aboutProfessor David Sutton
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Map - St Cuthbert's Society is denoted as building No. 16

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