EXPLORING ETHICS THROUGH FOOD CHOICES
This fourth edition of the biennial Perugia Food & Sustainability Studies Conference is entitled “Exploring Ethics through Food Choices”. The conference will be held June 7th-10th, 2018, at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Keynote Speakers include Lisa Heldke (Gustavus Adolphus College), Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University), and John Lang (Occidental College).
We look forward to welcoming you all to the charming Umbrian city of Perugia and to the Umbra Institute! To learn more explore this site or email us at [email protected].
Call for Papers
Food and ethics intersect at many different levels, from personal daily choices on where to shop and what to eat to cultural norms and regulations, policy implementations on national and international scales, and debates over scientific research on biotechnology. This conference wishes to address these relationships from the perspective of food choices.
The word “ethics” comes from the Greek word ethos – broadly understood as rules guiding human behavior –, and ethical concerns with food intake are as old as the concept itself. As a result, various ways of critically approaching food production, distribution, and consumption have emerged over the course of history. For instance, Ancient Greeks focused on temperance, Jews and Muslims on licit and illicit foods, and Christians – especially during the Middle Ages – on monastic askesis or spiritual self-discipline.
More recently, growing scientific and public interest in food have sparked ethical debates around issues such as the use of GMOs, the development of alternative agricultural systems, the local food movement, animal welfare, and food waste. The social dimensions of these debates have in turn attracted increased attention, especially fair trade relations, the reduction of social inequalities, and the exploitation of migrant agricultural labor.
The conference will explore how food-related choices shape and are shaped by ethical discourses, practices, and representations in various settings. It will look at contemporary and historical issues surrounding the ethics of food and address the following topics:
- public/private and individual/collective food ethics;
- culturally determined food choices regarding health and illness;
- food ethics in historical perspective;
- scientific uses and abuses in shaping public choices;
- ethical concerns portrayed in various media;
- geographies of food ethics;
- moral and political significances of specific cuisines;
- lifestyles, fads, and dietary choices relating to identity constructions;
- food choices in tourism settings;
- food ethics in tourism.
We welcome papers and panels that focus on different historical and geographical settings. However, with a future publication in view centered on Food and Ethics in Italy and the Mediterranean, we will give particular attention to papers with original research on this area.
Candidates are asked to send:
– an abstract of their proposal in English of no more than 250 words;
– three to five keywords
– and a brief academic bio (in complete sentences, please no CVs or bullet points) of no more than 100 words to [email protected] by Friday December 1st, 2017.
Accepted proposals will be announced by January 31st, 2018.
HOST AND SPONSOR
THE UMBRA INSTITUTE
Umbra was founded in 1999 in cooperation with Arcadia University and offers semester, summer, and year-long study abroad programs for American and local Italian and international college students. Umbra is recognized by the Ministry of Education in Italy, a member of AACUPI (the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy), and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. The Umbra Institute an approved provider of credit-bearing (tirocinio) courses for the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia) and the University for Foreigners (Universitá per Stranieri di Perugia).
Since its inception, Umbra Institute has grown steadily and developed a well-respected reputation as a provider of consistently high-quality academic programs, becoming an innovative leader in experiential academic programs in Italy. To learn more visit our main website at www.umbra.org or contact the Institute at [email protected]
Program and Information
Registration is now closed.
Optional Conference Events:
– Gala Dinner ($70)
– Informal Pizza Night ($25)
– Sunday Cooking Class ($165)
Note: The Sunday Cooking Class in Assisi requires a minimum of 8 and maximum of 16 participants. The cost includes private transportation, a morning cooking class, and lunch at Madonna del Piatto, an Umbrian agriturismo.
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