The Champagne of Teas – University of Copenhagen

The Champagne of Teas

By dealing with transformations and transformative potentials of Darjeeling tea, this project analyses the relationship between geopolitics, socio-material factors and the branding of Darjeeling tea from India. Through both a contemporary cultural analytical approach – employing ethnographic methods – as well as a cultural historical approach, the project poses the question: how does a natural good transform into a regionally based and certified luxurious good, and how come, in turn, it is regularly adulterated and falsified worldwide? How do these modes of transformation impact the social worlds through which the tea travels?

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