Tagung in Leipzig

Nourishing Values, Feeding Differences – (Religious) Foodways Compared

Religionswissenschaftliches Institut, Universität Leipzig, 02.03.2023 - 04.03.2023

Jörg Albrecht, Bernadett Bigalke, Nikolas Broy (all Leipzig University), Thomas Krutak (Leuphana University Lüneburg)


Registration: j.albrecht@uni-leipzig.de


The workshop seeks to explore how religion is related to human nutrition in a transregional and cross-cultural historical perspective. Moving beyond comparing religious dietary rules or examining metaphorical usages of “diets as religion,” the workshop takes a specifically Religious Studies perspective to investigate conflicts over (food norms, in which religion becomes significant for negotiations of foodways and vice versa. The contributors look at their specific case studies along various systematic complexes, i.e., administrative or economic regulation of supposedly religious or non-religious diets, ‘relative taboos’ and modes of exceptions regarding what is permissible and what is not, and the dynamics and adaptations in food regimes.


Public Keynote Lecture: Halal, Kosher and Veg(etari)anism as Globalized Moral Economies (Johan Fischer, Roskilde University)

2 March, 2023, 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Institute for the Study of Religion, Schillerstraße 6, room S 102, 04109 Leipzig


Panel V: Negotiating ‘Traditional’ and ‘Non-Traditional’ Religions Through Vegetarian Foodways


Mitsuda Tatsuya (Keio University/TU Berlin): After Embracing Meat: Buddhist Negotiations of Vegetarianism in Interwar Japan

Stefan Rindlisbacher (University of Vienna): Gandhi as a Life Reformer? The Appropriation of Religious Foodways in the Life Reform Movement


See the complete program.