CREDOC: Civilisation - Feasting and Drinking

Start: Mar 11, 2014 06:30 PM
End: Mar 11, 2014 08:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Pottery cup, Late Minoan IB style, ca. 1500-1450 BC (UCL 834).

A seminar organised by the UCL Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) will be held at the Institute on 11 March.

Food and drink figure prominently in the understanding of civilisation as a process that incorporates forms of etiquette. Archaeologists have focused on the origins of food production and domestication. Anthropologists have focused on cooking, cuisine, feasting and sacrifice as key to cultural comparison. Classicists have explored the centrality of the symposium to ancient Greek culture and self-identity.

The seminar will consider how a cross-civilisational perspective might enhance our understanding of human habits of food production and consumption and the politics of drinking and feasting.



This event is the second Provocation to be organised by CREDOC and is supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.

  • The event is free, all are welcome and registration is not essential.

The UCL Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) seeks to understand the social phenomenon of 'civilisation' and to challenge the role it is being made to play in the modern world and is a collaborative venture involving UCL colleagues from the Institute of Archaeology, Anthropology, the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, Geography, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, English Language & Literature, School of European Languages, Culture & Society and the School of Public Policy.