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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Autumn Quarter
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Titlesociology italy
Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
September 18- November 20, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $8,450
Credits 12 UW credits plus an optional 3-credit Independent Study.
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Ann Anagnost  |
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Thursday, February 1, 4-5:30pm, Denny Hall 313
General This course offers students an opportunity to explore global food policy debates, Italian food culture and history, and social movements to rebuild local food systems.
Visas 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.

Program Description

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 one field trip and two farm stays:

(1) The program will begin in Turin, Italy (prior to the official start of the quarter) so that students can attend Terra Madre, the biannual congress of the Slow Food Movement bringing food activists together from all over the world.

(2) 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.




Rome, Italy


Turin, Rome, Cetona (Tuscany), Tuscania (Lazio)


The housing in Rome is arranged through the Rome Center. Most students will be in doubles or triples. On our farm stays, we will be staying in agriturismo accommodations, which are configured as doubles or triples.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Many of the activities associated with the program entail walking in the urban setting of Rome and during our farmstays, harvesting olives, and hands-on activities with food. However, for the most part alternate transportation can be arranged for someone who is mobility impaired.


12 UW credits plus an optional 3-credit Independent Study.


ANTH 411: The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy (12 Credits)

Theme One: The Globalization of Food

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.

Helena Norberg-Hodge et al. Bringing the Food Economy Back Home.
Lucy Jarosz, "The Political Economy of Global Governance and the World Food Crisis: The Case of the FAO."
Walden Bello, "Manufacturing a Global Food Crisis."
Megan Carney, "'Sharing One's Destiny': Effects of Austerity on Migrant Health Provisioning in the Mediterranean Borderlands."

World Food Day at the FAO
The McGovern Lecture at the FAO
Cooking for Baobab, a local self-organized refugee services center.

Discussion briefs for all readings.
A short reflection essay on World Food Day Activities

Theme Two: Reconnecting with Local Food Production

We will be looking at the history of local food economies in Italy as these have changed with industrialization. In particular, we will focus on the changing relationship between city and country, the historical role of marketplaces, and the history and culinary geography of Italian cuisine. We will be exploring these themes through the frame of "gastronomy," as a holistic understanding of food and eating and how we might rethink our own relationship to local food economies based on our experience in Italy.

Readings and Media:
Carolyn Steel, Hungry City (Chapter 2)
Carole Counihan, Around the Tuscan Table (Chapters 2 and 3)
Rachel Black, "The Porta Palazzo Farmer's Market."
Thomas Mueller, "Slippery Business: The Trade in Adulterated Olive Oil."
Michael Pollan, Four-part video series based on his book Cooked.

Farm Stay in Cetona (olive oil harvest, cooking lessons, tour of the olive oil mill, local organic winery, and possibly a cheese factory)
Farm Stay at Caponetti Farm near Toscania (more of same)
Market Tours

Discussion briefs for all readings
Artisanal Food Project (Paper and Final Presentation)

Theme Three: New Food Economies

What does it mean in the Italian context to "bring the food economy back home?" How are social movements mobilizing around the concept of local food? What is the potential for these movements to contribute to systemic change and for restoring food democracy? We will be exploring local experiments in re-localizing foods that are dedicated to rebuilding economies based on well-being, sustainability, and social justice.

Alison Leitch, "Slow Food and the Politics of Pork Fat."
Thomas Tiemann, "Grower-Only Farmers' Markets: Public Spaces and Third Places."
Anne Meneley, "Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Slow Food."
Pierpaolo Mudu and Alessia Marini, "Radical Urban Horticulture for Food Autonomy."

Terra Madre (Turin)
Farm stays
Community Garden Tour
Gleaning Project
Visit to Zolle
Visit to Panta Rei Eco-village

Discussion briefs for all Readings.
A short reflection essay on reconnecting with food based on your experience in Italy.

Learning goals include:
• articulate the central issues in debates about global hunger
• they will be able to describe the Italian food culture in historical perspective
• they will be able to evaluate contemporary movements focused on food change and why this is important for human health and environmental sustainability.
• effectively communicate research results through writing and oral presentation.I&S

ANTH 499: Independent Study (optional) (3 Credits)

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:
To develop a research topic Practicing appropriate research methods, including the anthropological field methods of participant observation and interviewing, as well as incorporating hands on understanding of Italian food culture.
Effectively communicating research results through writing and oral presentation.




Ann Anagnost, Anthropology, Program Director

Ann Anagnost has been leading this program every year since 2009 (except for 2010). She is a professor of anthropology with research teaching interests in food politics.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket -$1,200)
  • Food (about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.