Pleasure, Providence and Purity: An International Conference on Food and Drink in Islamic Societies and Cultures
The Centre for the Study of Islamic Culture (CSIC) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is organizing an international conference on 'Food and Drink in Islamic Societies and Cultures' at the end of April 2017. The conference aims to examine the complexity and diversity of attitudes and practices related to food and drink among
Muslims in various parts of the Islamic world and beyond.
Together with breathing and sleeping, eating and drinking occupy the most basic level of requisites for human physical survival, so basic in fact that it hardly bears mentioning that without food and water we could not exist for long. Thus, the quest for these nutrients is also the most common and fundamental of human preoccupations, which has naturally come to influence, if not dominate, all of our other behaviors. The essential role of food and drink in our life, and the innate knowledge that we subsist by eating and imbibing, have yielded a vast amount of thought on the subject in all societies and cultures. This has included ample consideration not only of what we consume, but also how we approach this most basic behavior. The choice of comestibles has largely been determined by availability within a given environment, but beyond this, humans have also been guided by the axiom, “we are what we eat,” which insinuates a direct correlation between food and drink and both our physical and even metaphysical constitution. Consequently, different human communities have developed a wide range of varying customs, norms and mores concerning what they consider appropriate to consume. The widespread notion that humans “do not live by bread alone” further connects, and also distinguishes, notions of bodily and spiritual sustenance.
Conference participants will present research from a variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, literature, religious studies, and law. The scholarship presented and discussed at the conference will both catalogue and analyse practices and traditions from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, to help us document historical processes in the growth of Islamic civilization, understand contemporary developments, and perhaps forecast future changes, within and beyond the global Muslim community.
Conference Dates: two days at the end of April, 2017 （The exact conference dates will follow soon.）
Submission of Abstracts:An abstract of not more than 350 words should be submitted, with a short CV, to email@example.com before Friday, 3 February 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by Friday, 24 February 2017.
Contact information: For enquiries about the conference and submission of abstracts, please contact Ms Asiah Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosting Institution: Centre for the Study of Islamic Culture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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