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Presentation
Eating in the Christian Tradition
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Informing Possibilities for the Future of Food and Agriculture
  • Trudy Eden, University of Northern Iowa
  • Ken Albala, University of the Pacific
  • Johanna Moyer, Miami University
  • Fabio Parasecoli, New York University
  • Sydney Watts, University of Richmond
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Department
History
Location
Penn State College, University Park, PA
Conference Dates
May 28-31, 2009
Date of Presentation
5-16-2009
Disciplines
Abstract
This panel will discuss the influence of Christianity upon patterns of eating, ways of thinking about food and the body, and how consumption in the broadest sense of that term has been profoundly shaped by matters of faith in Europe and the US from the Renaissance to today. There have been a number of specialized studies of food and religion, beginning with Caroline Walker Bynum’s Holy Feast and Holy Fast and Bridget Anne Henisch’s Fast and Feast as well as a number of studies of asceticism, constructions of gender and pathologies influenced by religion, such as Rudolph Bell’s Holy Anorexia. More recently published are White Bread Protestants by Daniel Sack and R. Marie Griffith’s Born Again Bodies. To date, however, there has been no interdisciplinary scholarly discussion which gathers together the various uses of food by Christians on both sides of the Atlantic. This panel will do so. Panelists will discuss the interweaving global themes and particular local distinctions of the multiple uses of food by Christians. All participants are contributors to the upcoming book The Lord’s Supper: Food and Christian Faith from the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. Ken Albala and Trudy Eden (Columbia University, 2010).
Citation Information
Trudy Eden, Ken Albala, Johanna Moyer, Fabio Parasecoli, et al.. "Eating in the Christian Tradition" Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Informing Possibilities for the Future of Food and Agriculture (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken-albala/40/