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Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Health and Food in Modern India

The Centre for the History of Medicine and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Warwick, invite you to a one day workshop entitled Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Food and Health in Modern India, convened by Shrikant Botre, CHM doctoral student and IAS Early Career Fellow.

The purpose of this workshop is to produce a research agenda for thinking about the crosscutting relations between food and caste hierarchy in India. While critically reflecting on the historical and social constructions of food, nutrition and health in colonial and late colonial times, it will consider what analytics of caste can - and can’t - do for understanding Indian food politics. Along with reviewing a global history of nutrition, historians working on the cultural politics of food will talk about the mutual constitution of food and caste in relation to reproduction, anti-caste resistance, sociability and the advertising of food in colonial and late colonial India.


Rebecca Earle (University of Warwick)
Shrikant Botre (University of Warwick)
Rachel Berger (Concordia University)
A.R. Venkatachalapathy (Madras Institute of Development Studies)
Douglas Haynes (Dartmouth College)

Venue: Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Millburn House, University of Warwick

Date: 22 June 2018, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Registration essential.

There are 30 places available in total. To attend, please register using the form here or via the link above by 17 June 2018.
If you have any queries, please contact Shrikant S dot S dot Botre at warwick dot ac dot uk