Explore food politics at the center of global food policy making, learn about Italian food traditions, and discover how local movements are creating more sustainable food economies in and around Rome.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
The UW Rome Center is located in the historic center of Rome on the Campo de' Fiori, which is also the site of a daily fruit and produce market. The market will be the starting point for an examination of the organization, politics, economy, and culture of the local food system. From there, we will further our investigation at increasing scales of analysis: the city of Rome, the nation of Italy, the European Union, and the globe. We will also take advantage of the proximity of the world headquarters of the UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) by attending World Food Day activities on October 16th and learning about how issues such as global hunger are being debated at the center of global food governance. The program activities will primarily take place in Rome but will also include two farm stays: (1) A farm stay at Suzie's Yard, an organic farm outside of Cetona in Tuscany where we will be participating in either the wine or the olive oil harvest. (2) A second farm stay will be at Casa Caponetti near the town of Tuscania two hours travel from Rome. The program fees include membership to WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming) so that we would be in compliance with Italian law for participation in the fields.
The Rome Center handles the rental of private apartments for students in Rome. There will also be two one-week farm stays. All housing is included in the program fees.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
There are no prerequisites for this program. Walking in city and also some work during the farm stays, mostly olive gathering.
ANTH 411: The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy (12 credits) I&S
The industrialization of food in the last fifty years has produced a globalized food economy that is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, is a major contributor to the production of greenhouse gases, and has caused widespread hunger, malnutrition, and the loss of food democracy for much of the world's population. We will be exploring the debates on whether the answer to these problems lies in the prospect of increasing yields through technological innovation or whether they might be better addressed through social and political solutions and grassroots mobilizations for food sovereignty. We will look at how food systems have changed at local, regional, and global scales of analysis. A particular focus will be how regulation within the European Union has made small-scale food production more difficult and how national economic policies have contributed to the disappearance of small-scale food shops along with the growing dominance of large supermarkets. Access to food also plays an important role in the movement of populations in the context of warfare and climate change, and we will be exploring the needs of the refugee population by cooking for a refugee settlement in Rome.
Learning goals include:
Students will learn to (1) present the central issues in debates about global hunger, (2) describe the Italian food culture in historical perspective, (3) evaluate contemporary movements focused on food change and why they are important for human health and environmental sustainability, and (4) effectively communicate research results through writing and oral presentation, using critical concepts from an anthropological perspective.
ANTH 499: Independent Study (optional) (3 credits) I&S, but VLPA is possible if the project is appropriate (creative food writing, visual arts, etc.)
This is an optional course for students to develop a research topic that is connected to the central themes of the main program. It allows students to explore a topic in greater depth through reading, research, and writing.
Learning goals include:
Studens will learn how to (1) develop a research topic, (2) use appropriate research methods, including the anthropological field methods of participant observation and interviewing, (3) develop a hands on understanding of Italian food culture, and (4) effectively communicate research results through writing and oral presentation.
Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500.00)
Food (about About 30 US dollars per day. Students are encouraged to learn local ingredients and cook at home, which makes the program much more affordable.)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019
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