Convening 15 June 2015

 15th – 21st June 2015


A Summer School hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Unimib), in collaboration with 14 external partners.

EWT is focused on the cultural “construction” of food as a dynamic construct. The way we eat is the result of a complex and multifaceted cultural process, entangling different traditions, places and cultures as well as new attitudes towards nutrition, heal and sustainability. The prismatic and mobile dimension of food needs thus to be considered from different angles, disciplines and spaces, in order to understand (starting from daily practices) those radical changes, which are nowadays affecting lifestyles and collective identities at the both local and global levels. Communities develop their preferences towards specific kinds of food and cooking. Cultural inclinations are determined by a changing interaction between food supplies, customs, consumerism, social environments and global transformations. Rules concerning feeding are also due to taboos and practices related to convictions about the values for a “good life”. Indeed, 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. Lectures based on philosophical, historical, anthropological, economic, social, geographic and cultural analyses in the morning will be followed in the afternoon by guided tours and visits to the Expo site, museums, botanic gardens, farm productions, religious sites, exhibitions, art cities, centres of excellence, which support a new culture towards feeding/ healing. A cultural, gastronomic and artistic tour in the region Piedmont will be organised in the weekend. Rethinking food means to consider the multifaceted components, which determine the “final product” we eat, 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 respecting the planet.

Topics Covered: 1. Food: Philosophies and Geographies. 2. Food: Histories and Archaeologies. 3. Food: Sustainability and Prosperity 4: Food: Traditions and Innovations. 5. Food: Religions and Intercultural Dialogue. 6. Food: Theories and Practices of Taste. 7. Food: Art and Creativity.

Program Directors:
Marina Calloni – Professor in Social and Political Philosophy, University of Milano- Bicocca
Elena dell’Agnese – Professor in Political Geography, University of Milano-Bicocca



Organisation of the course: The summer school foresees lectures in the morning and tours with interactive workshops in the afternoon.

Costs: The cost of attending the 7 day summer school is 450 Euros.

Credits: Regarding the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, EWT Summer School recognizes 6 credits (CFU) for Italian MA students of the University of Milano-Bicocca and analogous credits to Erasmus students. For international students the recognition of credits will be agreed with their home institutions.

Application Form: Programs/Summer-Schools-EXPO-2015/Application-form-Summer-school-EXPO-2015

Deadline: 31st May 2015

EWT Partners: Città dell’Arte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Donne in Campo and AVoce, Milano; Eramus Student Network, Milano-Bicocca, Milano; Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano; Gal Lomellina, Mede Lomellina; Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milano; Orto Botanico di Brera – Università degli Studi di Milano; PRAGSIA, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Milano; Reset – Dialogues on Civilizations, Roma; Società Geografica Italiana; Società Italiana di Teoria Critica; Università di Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo (Bra).

Under the Patronage of: UN – Expo 2015; Expo Milano 2015; Comune di Milano; Le Università per Expo 2015.



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