15th – 21st June 2015
The Summer School is focused on the cultural “construction” of food, in a dynamic and innovative way. The way we eat is the result of a complex and multifaceted cultural process, entangling different traditions, origins and cultures as well as new attitudes towards nutrition, health and sustainability. This prismatic and mobile dimension of food needs to be considered from different angles, disciplines and places, in order to understand – starting from the daily practices – the radical changes, which are nowadays affecting lifestyles and collective identities both at the local and global levels.
Communities develop their preferences towards specific kinds of food and cooking. Cultural preferences are determined by a changing interaction between food supplies, traditions, social environment and global transformations. Rules concerning feeding are thus determined by taboos and practices related to convictions about the values for a “good life”. Therefore, food behaviours are influenced by socio-economic and cultural factors as well as by religious and ethical conceptions. Food is not only a physiological instrument but also a cultural need.
Philosophical, historical, anthropological, economic, social, geographical and cultural analyses and lectures in the morning will be followed by guided visits in the afternoon to Expo, museums, agricultural productions, religious sides, exhibitions, art cities and centres of excellence towards understanding a new culture of feeding. Rethinking food means to consider the multifaceted components which determine it; walking and meeting different social actors, who are interested in the improvement of the quality of life and the development of human capabilities, feeding and healing the planet.
Prof. Marina Calloni, Prof. Elena dell’Agnese
Milan, Goido, Acqualunga, Pollenzo, Biella
10th May / 2nd call for application is open! New deadline 31th May