Snapshots from Taipei: HaB at the Taipei National University of the Arts

In preparation for the HaB Methodology Workshop, Indigo Traditions and Itineraries, which is to take place on 26–27 October, members of the HaB network have arrived in Taiwan. Here are a few snapshots of their first day at TNUA, taken by academic director Aarti Kawlra.   Some scenes from the Shilin Night Market:   All … Continue reading Snapshots from Taipei: HaB at the Taipei National University of the Arts

Towards a ‘Rice-scapes’ Syllabus: Notes on the Asian Rice-Scapes Panel at the Borderland Spaces Conference, Bishkek

At the 6th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Network, held in Bishkek between 13-15 August, members of HaB held a double panel entitled Asian Rice-Scapes: Topographies, Tastes and Technologies. Erik de Maaker and Dharitry Narzary, two of the panelists, provide here a recap of the papers presented at the conference, as well as notes on the … Continue reading Towards a ‘Rice-scapes’ Syllabus: Notes on the Asian Rice-Scapes Panel at the Borderland Spaces Conference, Bishkek

Memories of Japan in the Dar es Salaam Fish Market: A Photo Essay by Yoko Inoue

On the last day of her visit to Dar es Salaam for the Asia in Africa conference, HaB principal investigator Yoko Inoue explored the fish market complex in Dar es Salaam, where she encountered several fascinating sights. For Yoko, the scenes at Dar es Salaam today hark back to the Tokyo fish markets of yore. … Continue reading Memories of Japan in the Dar es Salaam Fish Market: A Photo Essay by Yoko Inoue

Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

At Yangon University, Tharaphi Than has been testing out the new methodology developed under the Humanities across Borders programme with the students. They explored items of cultural significance—from tea, betel quids, cheroot to thanakha—from various perspectives. Previously, the first-year students of the new South-East Asian Languages and Cultures programme at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan also … Continue reading Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

Toshiaki Ishikura on the Kitchen as a Liminal Space between Interior and Exterior ‘Organscapes’

What makes the kitchen a space for the reconciliation of the contradiction or conflict between life and death, purity and impurity, or sacred and secular in many societies? It is supposed that the kitchen is not only a place used to prepare dishes that can be eaten, but also has a hidden function—to convert a … Continue reading Toshiaki Ishikura on the Kitchen as a Liminal Space between Interior and Exterior ‘Organscapes’

V. Sujatha on going beyond the caloric discourse on food

V. Sujatha is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In her paper, Econometric and Existential Understanding of Food: Analysing Economic Growth and Nutritional Status in South India, published in Indian Journal of Human Development this year, she argues against the "binary between objective … Continue reading V. Sujatha on going beyond the caloric discourse on food

Rotational Farming with the Karen in Thailand

From 25th to 27th November 2017, the CMU team participated in a Rotational Farming Workshop hosted by the Huay Hin Lad Nai community and young chefs from all over the Thailand. In total, over 30 people attended the workshop, including academics, writers, baristas, and food entrepreneurs. The workshop aimed to enhance awareness and to create … Continue reading Rotational Farming with the Karen in Thailand

Conversations at the marché de Sor, Saint-Louis

As a part of their project on Re-profiling Street Food, the researchers from Gaston Berger University interview a few people at the marché de Sor. The marché de Sor is the most influential market in Saint-Louis, Senegal and central to the commerce, culture and activity in the country’s original capital. These interviews include members of … Continue reading Conversations at the marché de Sor, Saint-Louis

A Street-food Manifesto from Saint-Louis, Senegal

So that Saint Louis is not left behind, the time for reconciliation between universities and local soil (The original text in French is also available below.) The aim of the project Re-profiling Street-food in Africa, Saint-Louis, is to create a community of men and women, of adults and youngsters, bringing together consumers, agriculturists, transformers, researchers, … Continue reading A Street-food Manifesto from Saint-Louis, Senegal