9.15 Registration (Lloyd Room, Christ’s College)

9.30 Welcome Address

9.45  – 10.45  KEYNOTE: Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick, CAS), ‘Spaniards, Cannibals and the Eucharist’

10.45 – 11.15  Coffee

11.15 – 12.45  Panel 1: Food, Transgression, and Memory

Philippa Carter (Cambridge, History), ‘Breaking bread, breaking bonds: eating, piety, and hospitality in early modern English witchcraft narratives’

Eleanor Barnett (Cambridge, History), ‘Food and religious transgression in the Venetian Inquisition, c. 1560 – c. 1640’

Julia Biggs (Independent researcher), ‘Bittersweet: Mnemonic meals and the maintenance of identity in early modern Jewish ritual practice’

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.45 Roundtable: food and faith today with religious leaders

Revd. Dr Mark Smith; Rabbi Mordechai Zeller;  More participants TBC

14.45 – 15.45 Panel 2: Catholic Food

Daniel Virgili (Queen Mary, History), ‘Catholic Appetites: The Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury, Rome, 1569’

Dr Claudio Ferlan (Italian-German Historical Institute, History), ‘Gastronomy of Lean days. Society of Jesus fasting rules’

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee

16.15 – 17.15 Panel 3: Food and Faith Further Afield

Professor Veronika Čapská (Charles University, Prague, Anthropology), ‘Food, Religion and Society in Bohemia 1400-1700. Questions – Texts – Identities’

Junfu Wong (Cambridge, History), ‘Faith and Moral in Liturgies: Redefining Dietary of Manchu and Mongol Culture in Early Modern China’


17.15 – 17.30 Closing remarks