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Public lecture: ‘Worshippers of the Cross and Eaters of Pork Food’

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Public lecture: 'Worshippers of the Cross and Eaters of Pork Food'The University of Malta – Faculty of Arts Mediterranean Studies (M.A.) is organising its next Public Lecture, and on this next occasion it will be delivered by Professor Eric Dursteler, on the subject of: ‘Worshippers of the Cross and Eaters of Pork Food & Conversion in the Early Modern Mediterranean.’

Food inheres in a uniquely intimate way, in collective and individual identities. Food also functions as a ‘sacred cement’ that defines and differentiates communities of faith.

This lecture will examine the complex ways in which food informed religious and communal identity in the early modern Mediterranean, and in particular the ways in which conversion and the associated reorganisation of religious identity was articulated and measured in part by changes in food practices.

Eric Dursteler is Professor of History at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on gender, culture and religion in the early modern Mediterranean.

His publications include Venetians in Constantinople (2006), Renegade Women (2011), and A Companion to Venetian History (2013). He is editor of the News on the Rialto, and book review editor for the Journal of Early Modern History.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, the 20th of November 2014, starting at 6.30pm, at The Auditorium, University of Malta Valletta. Campus.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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