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Drink and Commensality or How to Hold on to Your Drink in the Chalcolithic

Susanne Kerner

Since 2004, Susanne Kerner has been Lektor (Associate Professor) in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Carsten-Niebuhr-Section (TORS) in Copenhagen, Denmark (head of section 2005-2010); previously part-time lecturer at Free University in Berlin and several short-term contracts (analysis of archaeological material and field-directorship) for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Dr.phil (Craft specialisation and social organisation in the Southern Levant) in 1998 at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1990-1995 director at the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology and History in Amman (Jordan); 1988-1990 assistant director at the same institution. Since 1990 director or co-director of over 10 excavations and survey seasons in Jordan (e.g. “The Desert and the Sown in Northern Jordan (DSNJ)”, Umm Qais, Abu Snesleh).Numerous lectures at international conferences, organisation of exhibitions and conferences (e.g. “Food and Identity” in Copenhagen [with Cynthia Chou and Morten Warmind]; “Climate and Ancient Society” in Copenhagen, “Adaptation of Archaeological Methods in Near Eastern Archaeology” in Berlin). Research focus: social complexity, food and identity, theoretical archaeology, rituals. Teaching: courses on Prehistory and History of Near Eastern Archaeology, Social Organisation, Food, Ritual, Commensality, Gender at undergraduate and graduate level. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... during the Late Chalcolithic period, which spans roughly the time period of 4500–3800 bce. Its society is organized in small-scale polities, often called chiefdoms (Kerner, 2001; Rowan and Golden, 2009) with few clearly recognizable differences...

Introduction

Susanne Kerner

Since 2004, Susanne Kerner has been Lektor (Associate Professor) in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Carsten-Niebuhr-Section (TORS) in Copenhagen, Denmark (head of section 2005-2010); previously part-time lecturer at Free University in Berlin and several short-term contracts (analysis of archaeological material and field-directorship) for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Dr.phil (Craft specialisation and social organisation in the Southern Levant) in 1998 at Freie Universität Berlin. From 1990-1995 director at the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology and History in Amman (Jordan); 1988-1990 assistant director at the same institution. Since 1990 director or co-director of over 10 excavations and survey seasons in Jordan (e.g. “The Desert and the Sown in Northern Jordan (DSNJ)”, Umm Qais, Abu Snesleh).Numerous lectures at international conferences, organisation of exhibitions and conferences (e.g. “Food and Identity” in Copenhagen [with Cynthia Chou and Morten Warmind]; “Climate and Ancient Society” in Copenhagen, “Adaptation of Archaeological Methods in Near Eastern Archaeology” in Berlin). Research focus: social complexity, food and identity, theoretical archaeology, rituals. Teaching: courses on Prehistory and History of Near Eastern Archaeology, Social Organisation, Food, Ritual, Commensality, Gender at undergraduate and graduate level. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cynthia Chou

Cynthia Chou, Associate Professor with Special Qualifications (Lektor msk), social anthropologist, Head of Southeast Asian Studies, KU-ToRS. She is internationally known for her pioneering study of the life and lifestyles, as well as identity and change, of the indigenous Malays in Southeast Asia. She single-handedly built the Malay maritime life collection for the Singapore National Museum and has published highly cited books in this area which are used by several universities as textbooks. At KU, she initiated and directed several innovative programs of co-operation, both in research and education, with leading international institutions for which she has won various international prizes. Courses that she has been teaching at the University of Copenhagen include “The Anthropology of Food and Eating in Southeast Asia,” “Modernisation and Development: The Human Landscape of Southeast Asia,” and “Introduction to Southeast Asia Culture.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... to identify those elements, which constitute the ritualization of everyday activities and objects.In Chapter 10, Susanne Kerner discusses the role of drinking vessels from the Late Chalcolithic Southern Levant (4500–3800 bce) in the negotiation...

Feasting on Locusts and Truffles in the Second Millennium bce

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction In 1889 the founding father of the study of commensality, Robertson Smith, suggested that the act of eating and drinking together could create an atmosphere of mutual obligation among participants (Wright, 2010: 214a)....

Cooking in the Fourth Millennium bce: Investigating the Social via the Material

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...We would like to thank the organizers of the workshop, Cynthia Chou, Susanne Kerner, and Morten Warmind, for inspiring three days about (and with) commensality. We are also grateful to the following institutions and persons: Susan Pollock...

The Role of Food in the Life of Christians in the Roman Empire

Morten Warmind

Since 2001 Lektor (Associate Professor) in Sociology of Religion at the History of Religions-section (TORS) in Copenhagen, Denmark; before part-time lecturer at Aarhus University (1992-1997), Odense University (1990) and Copenhagen University (1992-1995). PhD (“From severed heads to valkyries, studies in the relationship between Celtic and Germanic religions and literatures”) in 1997 at Copenhagen University, Department of Folklore. From 2003-2006 Head of Studies at the Dept. For History of Religion, Copenhagen University; 2006- present Head of Studies for ToRS. Numerous lectures at international conferences. Research focus: Prehistoric religions (Celtic and Germanic), Hellenism (esp. Early Christianity), religious minorities in modern Denmark, religious change. Teaching: Courses on Sociological Method and Theory, Celtic and Germanic Religion, Islam, Hellenistic religions at graduate and undergraduate level. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The Christianization-process of the Roman Empire was not a quick transition, but rather accomplished gradually over several centuries. Although there is a reasonably broad consensus that this was so, it is not always the impression one gets...

Medieval and Modern Banquets: Commensality and Social Categorization

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction I propose to discuss banquets across different time periods in European and American history, looking at them as more complicated forms of commensality than mere catered celebrations, focusing especially...

Dissolved in Liquor and Life

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The Chinese writer Mo Yan (莫言1955–) is often categorized as belonging to the new historicist trend in fiction (新历史主义小说). This literary current, which evolved in China in the 1970s, viewed fiction and history as related subjects and merged...

Commensality and the Organization of Social Relations

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... is mentioned in Sobal (2000). I am grateful to Dr. Cynthia Chou, Dr. Susanne Kerner, and Dr. Morten Warmind for inviting me to the conference and thus provided me the opportunity to reflect more deeply the significance of commensality...

Commensal Circles and the Common Pot

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... include ancestors or spirits who are fed along with human family members. Envisioning the commensal circle (drawing: Susanne Kerner) Food sharing is a contemporary practice...

It is Ritual, isn’t it? Mortuary and Feasting Practices at Domuztepe

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction Archaeologists tend to categorize ritual and domestic activities as separate, discrete, even opposing spheres even though it is widely acknowledged that such a total separation...