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Food Fabrication


BTS 103

Newsletter 1/2015
Events and News

Food Fabrication 
International forum jointly organized with the Goethe-Institut Beirut
Lebanon, 14-17 January 2015

We are starting the new year with an international forum on culinary practices and food politics in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Food is a basic need and a subject of contestation. What we eat is constructed and has cultural, political and economic significance. The aim of this forum is to take a comprehensive look at food in Lebanon and the Arab region, where food insecurity coexists with obesity, and where most of the food consumed is imported. Food Fabrication aims to contribute to current debates around food by addressing pressing issues such as food globalization, food safety, food security and culinary practices. The forum will bring together farmers and entrepreneurs, activists, artists, politicians, chefs and academics in order to echo the voices implicated in the debates over food. Participants will critically examine current eating habits, cooking and dining cultures, food trends as well as the relation of food and arts. These themes will be addressed in open discussions, film screenings, academic presentations, a photo exhibition, a live cooking show and food discovery tours in Beirut (culinary mapping and molecular food).

Food Fabrication is organized in five thematic fields:

In parallel, Food Fabrication's themes will be addressed in a series of film screenings at the Goethe-Institut between Tuesday, 13 January and Saturday, 17 January, our Culinary Cinema Days. Food Fabrication will take place at the Goethe-Institut in Gemmayzeh, AltCity in Hamra, and the Orient-Institut Beirut in Zokak el-Blat. Download the full programme and follow this event on

Vacancy at the OIB
Position: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2015
Starting Date: 1 September 2015
Further particulars on our website



Mohammed Maraqten: Altsüdarabische Texte auf Holzstäbchen: Epigraphische und kulturhistorische Untersuchungen (BTS 103)
Maraqten's work is concerned with a large corpus of recently discovered minuscule documents from Yemen, encompassing such diverse genres as legal and economic charts, inventories, receipts in coin or kind, private contracts, educational texts and private letters. These texts were inscribed on wooden sticks, primarily on palm leaf-stalks and in minuscule script called zabur. The documents date back to the period between 10th century BCE and 6th century CE, constituting an important source for social and cultural history as well as philology. They allow us to trace the development of practices of writing and documentation in ancient South Arabia. The documents belong to the collection of the Yemeni National Museum in Sanaa, and are published for the first time in this work. Available at the OIB, Dar al-Furat or online.

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