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SOAS Food Studies Centre

SOAS Food Studies Centre Distinguished Lectures

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From Arak To Za’Atar: Jerusalem and its many culinary traditions

Yotam Ottolenghi

Modern Jerusalem is unique: it is a city where ancient history and recent events constantly interact – with great intimacy and intensity – and thus shape every aspect of the daily realities of its citizens. Join the SOAS Food Studies Centre to welcome Yotam Ottolenghi to SOAS for this distinguished lecture.

12 November 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How Grains Domesticated Us

James C. Scott (Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University)

In this lecture, Scott asks how homo sapiens came, only in the last 5% of its long career on the planet, to live in concentrated heaps of people, grain, and domesticated animals and, later, to be governed by units we call states. He will argue that virtually all classical states were based on grains, which are suited to concentrated production, tax assessment, cadastral surveys, storage, and rationing.

11 December 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunie Gallery Lecture Theatre , 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM