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32nd Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions


will be held on Saturday 22nd April, 2017
at the
Friends’ Meeting House,
Friargate, York, YO1 9RL

Birds for the Table

  Birds for the Table






9.50am         Registration and coffee                        

10.30am   After the welcome and introduction, the morning session will focus on chickens, with Dr Julia Best on “From rarity to regularity? Archaeological explorations of chickens as food in Iron-Age to Medieval Europe” and Adam Balic on “À la mode to KFC: development of the modern chicken from the 18th to 21st century”.

12.00 – 1.15pm      Lunch.  If you wish to participate in the communal lunch, please bring one item of food, either savoury or sweet, to serve 2-3 people, table-ready and labelled.  Please note that bread is provided.

1.15pm  The afternoon session will turn to look at other birds, with Ivan Day on “Swanneries and Cygnet Feasts” and Dr Tyr Fothergill on “From Godhood to Gastronomy: the transformation of the turkey”.  After a mid-afternoon break, the symposium will finish with Giovanna Capponi on “Food for the Gods: chicken sacrifice and consumption practices in Afro-Brasilian Candomblé”, followed by further questions to the speakers if time permits.

4.00pm   The symposium will conclude with tea and ‘a closer approach’.

An application form can be downloaded from here

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