Clarified Commodities: Food Fights Between Politics and Economy in Interwar North India
Rachel Berger (Associate Professor, History, Concordia University)
Thursday, October 19, 2017
206 Ingraham Hall
Was it possible for provincial governments to even attempt to account for – much less regulate – food production? How could taste and desire be gauged in rational terms, and how could authenticity and fraudulence be measured? Finally, and most importunately: could food be governed? This lecture uses these questions to examine the unusual debates about clarified butter, its forgeries, and the context of interwar citizenship.