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Thou shalt not partake of it. Food as religious distinction

Vous n'en mangerez point. L'alimentation comme distinction religieuse

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Published on Friday, June 23, 2017


Cette réunion académique a pour objectif de réfléchir sur les multiples facettes de l’alimentation comme manifestation de la distinction et de la différence dans les systèmes religieux. Dans cette journée d’étude on explorera les différentes manifestations de la distinction alimentaire, comme les jeûnes et les interdits, la relation entre la consommation d’aliments et la hiérarchie religieuse, les critères d’élection ou d’exclusion d’aliments comme reflet de l’appartenance à un système religieux ou comme différenciation à l’intérieur du même groupe. Notre perspective est comparative et diachronique.


Workshop, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) – CIERL, april 20, 2018


The aim of our workshop is to analyse the many ways food served and serves as a factor of distinction between religious systems, how it was and is used to draw frontiers within communities and with the “rest of the world”. Adopting such norms contributed and contributes to the formation of singular religious identities, elements of distinction from other individuals and groups that don’t follow the same rules. Choices of ingredients, of ways of preparing and ways of consuming food are a privileged field for the study of religious differentiation. The workshop will explore different examples of food distinction, such as fasting and dietary restrictions, the links with religious hierarchies, criteria for promoting or excluding ingredients as a sign of religious belonging and/or a factor of religious distinction. Our perspective is comparative and diachronic.

The papers of this worshop will be published in a series or periodical after peer review.

Scientific and organizing committee

  • Cécile Vanderpelen (ULB)
  • Anne Morelli (ULB)
  • Sylvie Peperstraete (ULB)
  • Monique Weis (ULB-FNRS)
  • Elena Mazzetto (ULB-FNRS)
  • Philippe Swennen (Université de Liège)

Submission guidelines

Please send your proposals to Elena Mazzetto (elena.mazzetto@yahoo.it)

before 30 June 2017

Don’t forget to include:

  • the title of your paper
  • a short abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • your Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • your email address


  • Brussels, Belgium (1050)


  • Friday, June 30, 2017

Attached files


  • alimentation, religion, interdit


  • Elena Mazzetto
    courriel : elena [dot] mazzetto [at] yahoo [dot] it

Information source

  • Elena Mazzetto
    courriel : elena [dot] mazzetto [at] yahoo [dot] it


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« Thou shalt not partake of it. Food as religious distinction », Study days, Calenda, Published on Friday, June 23, 2017, https://doi.org/10.58079/xz5

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