[Blueboard] [TODAY] What to eat and how to cook: Debates on food in Colonial and Postcolonial India

Department of Sociology and Anthropology [LS] socioanthro.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Mar 11 11:48:19 +08 2019

Lecture Series in Sociology and Anthropology

What to eat and how to cook:
Debates on food in Colonial and Postcolonial India

a lecture by
Professor Riho Isaka
University of Tokyo

March 11, 2019 [Monday]
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Social Science Conference Rooms 1 & 2

This paper examines debates among middle-class people in colonial and
postcolonial India on what to eat and how to cook. It analyses memoirs,
essays, and cookbooks published in the late nineteenth and twentieth
centuries in which the writers expressed their ideas on food and cooking.
In particular I would like to focus on debates on vegetarianism versus
non-vegetarianism. They provide us with a significant insight into the ways
in which different groups and individuals in the Indian middle class tried
to redefine their dietary and culinary practices in response to social,
economic, and political changes during these periods. They also show how
their choices of food reflected their ideas of modernity and domesticity as
well as their multilayered identities based on nation, region, religion,
caste, gender, class, and educational background.

Riho Isaka is Associate Professor at the Department of Area Studies,
University of Tokyo. Her research interests concern issues of language,
politics, and food and identity in colonial and postcolonial Gujarat
(India). Her publications include 'The Multilingual City of Bombay and the
Formation of Linguistic States', in C. Bates and M. Mio (eds), Cities in
South Asia (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) and 'Language and Dominance: The
Debates over the Gujarati Language in the Late Nineteenth Century', South
Asia, 25-1 (2002). She co-edited two books (in Japanese), Voices from the
Margin (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2015) and India Depicted through
Food (Yokohama: Shumpusha, 2019).

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