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Seminar 'Nurture and Culture. In Search of the Value of Food and Meals'

Date: 5 November 2019, 9.30AM - 5.15PM

Venue: PThU-zaal, PThU Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

This seminar welcomes senior and junior scholars as well as Master-students from any discipline with an interest in the interdisciplinary value of food and meals

Grocery shoppingFoodstuffs and the manner of their consumption are valued from a variety of angles (health, sustainability, religion, cultural identity, luxury, etc.) and disciplines. This seminar stimulates scholars from various disciplines to engage in a mutual conversation that explores how multidisciplinary research that connects different values of food may take shape. The aim for this seminar is to explore the interactions and negotiations at the intersection of various values of food, in order to formulate academic questions that can help advance the study of global food-related challenges.



Arrival, coffee and tea




Four rounds of presentation and discussion

  • 10.05-10.35: Food and inequality, by Dr. Hilje van der Horst (WUR)
  • 10.35-11.05: Foodwaste, by Dr. Hilke Bos-Brouwers (WUR)

Coffee and tea break

  • 11.20-11.50: Food and health, by Prof. dr. Ingeborg Brouwer (VU)
  • 11.50-12.05: Religious influence on dealing with food & meals, by Drs. Jonathan Pater (TiU)


Broader discussion and harvesting results from the morning sessions


Lunch break (opportunity for poster presentations by junior researchers)


Screening of a documentary on food


Coffee and tea break


Responses to the documentary by Dr. Franck Meijboom (UU) and Prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit, followed by discussion


Eye-openers by em. prof. Maaike de Haardt and prof. dr. Hans Schaeffer (TUK)


Concluding remarks followed by drinks (till 17.15u)


Participation is free, yet registration is obligatory (in view of catering arrangements; lunch will be provided). Participants will be sent a number of articles in advance, by way of orientation to different approaches.

This seminar is organised by dr. Mirella Klomp (PThU) and prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit (VU/UU), in cooperation with the Amsterdam Network for Interdisciplinary Studies on Eating (ANISE) and the Institute for Ritual and Liturgical Studies (IRILIS), and with financial support from the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER).