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Friday, October 26, 2018 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
October 26, 1:00-5:00, Hirsch Lecture Room, Johnson Museum
October 27, 9:00-4:00, Nevin Welcome Center, Botanic Gardens
This conference explores the cultural, religious, botanical, economic, and environmental dimensions of the global spread of Camellia sinensus, commonly known worldwide as either tea or chai. Dried, fermented, ground, steeped, poulticed, eaten, and imbibed, this plant has had a global impact on local economies, forest ecologies, culinary traditions, religious rituals, labor migration, and transoceanic trade. Our conversations will examine the multiple ways that tea is produced, distributed, consumed, represented and ritualized across Asia, from its ancient origins in the Himalayan hills of China and Assam to its global spread in the colonial era to its current status as both daily staple and healthy alternative. This interdisciplinary conference considers tea from a range of scientific, humanistic and social science perspectives, focusing on how tea monoculture displaces native flora and fauna, how tea rituals embodying cultural traditions and heritage, how tea plantations rely on impoverished migrant labor, and how tea companies market this ubiquitous leaf in multiple ways. Our meetings include samplings of the many forms this single plant can take, pairing teas with associated Asian sweets and snacks.
Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/7ESqOJQJVvOWqt9Y2
Sara Besky, Brown University
Arnab Dey, Binghamton University
Robert Hellyer, Wake Forest University
James-Henry Holland, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Po-yi Hung, National Taiwan University
Mythri Jegathesan, Santa Clara University
Andrew Liu, Villanova University
Philip Lutgendorf, University of Iowa
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
Arnout van der Meer, Colby College
Melanie Franks, Food Science
Virginia Lovelace, Nutrition
Masaki Matsubara, East Asia Program
An-Yi Pan, History of Art
Eric Tagliacozzo, History
Leslie Verteramo, Applied Economics
Andrew Willford, Anthropology
John Zinda, Development Sociology
Daniel Bass, South Asia Program
Jane-Marie Law, Asian Studies