Food, Drink and Sociability Scientific programme 2022-26

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The Essentials of Sociability

  • Conviviality, community, sharing practices
  • Social and cultural evolution of eating and drinking habits and practices (domestic/public) throughout the long eighteenth century
  • Eating and drinking venues (typology and evolution)
  • Popular vs elite practices

Eating and Drinking Rituals

  • The dinner ritual
  • Initiation rituals, toasting
  • Family rituals vs public ceremonies
  • Food games?
  • Food and drink / political identities, national character


Food and Drink Consumption: from Novelty to Excess

  • Exotic products / colonial influence
  • Intoxicants and new addictions (alcohol, tobacco, drugs…)
  • Transgressive sociable/unsociable behaviours