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Jour Fixe on Japanese Culinary Culture

Jul 02, 2015

Shifts in Japanese culinary culture towards the usage of beef was the topic of the Jour Fixe with speaker Prof. Daniel Botsman (Yale). His talk was titled "From 'Sacred Cow' to 'Kobe beef' - A Bovine Perspective on Japan’s Modern Revolution". The Jour Fixe was chaired by Prof. Harald Fuess and took place on July 2.

"Kobe beef" is today a globally recognized synonym for culinary extravagance. However, slaughtering cattle for meat was long regarded as outrageous in Japan. How did this change in values take effect? The presentation provided answers to this question by delving into the history of animals, agriculture, food, discrimination and cross-cultural contact in the Japanese archipelago, focusing particularly on the great social transformations of the nineteenth century.

The Jour Fixe with the talk "From 'Sacred Cow' to 'Kobe beef'. A Bovine Perspective on Japan’s Modern Revolution" took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre, at 4 pm on July 2. It precedes the international conference "Global History and the Meiji Restoration".

Daniel Botsman is a Professor of Japanese history at Yale University. His current research examines the impact that Western ideas about slavery and emancipation had on Japanese society in the second half of the nineteenth century. Prof. Harald Fuess is Chair of "Cultural Economic History" at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and Deputy Speaker of Cluster Research Area A "Governance and Administration".

The Jour Fixe is an event taking place regularly at the Cluster. It is organised by the four research areas A "Government and Administration", B "Public Spheres", C "Knowledge Systems" and D "Historicities and Heritage".


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