Perugia 14th -16th October 2016 University of Perugia
The Peasant Activism Project: an ethnographic study
The Peasant Activism Project (2016-2018) is a major ethnographic study of neo-rural activism in Italy financed by the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), UK, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and carried out in cooperation with University of Perugia, Italy. The project investigates innovative political activism related to grassroot attempts to re-appropriate the right to certify food.
The vulnerability of small-scale farmers
Small-scale farmers and neo-rural activists are particularly vulnerable in front of an increasingly invasive neoliberal ‘governance of transparency’. Many of those who pursue sustainable lifestyles and produce quality food often find themselves in difficulties with tightening regulations regarding food safety and the technocratic demands in relation to the certification of standards, considered by many as favoring large industrial productions.
The core innovation of our study derives from the attempt to shed light on the emerging diffusion of alternative and more democratic ‘participatory self-certifications’ of food products in Italy through a theoretical lens that combines anthropological writing on food activism with critical studies of policy. This will allow a renewed ‘political understanding’ of food activism, an understanding in relation to broader issues of governance, sovereignty and citizenship, rather than in relation to questions of identity and culture.
NEWS, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
CALL FOR PAPERS AND VISUAL PROJECTS
DEADLINE: FRIDAY 1 JULY 2016
The “Peasant Activism Project” in cooperation with the network “Anthropology and Social Movements” of the European Association of Social Movements (EASA) and “Contro-Sguardi”, promotes the first meeting of the POLITICAL IMAGINATION LABORATORY: Visualizing and Contextualizing Ethnographies of Social Movements.
NGOs, Grassroot Activism and Social Movements: Understanding Novel Entanglements of Public Engagement
Call for Papers (now closed): Workshop “NGOs, Grassroot Activism and Social Movements: Understanding Novel Entanglements of Public Engagement”, conference “6th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference”, Università degli Studi di Bergamo.
Session XXI “Policy e governance dell’ambiente”, IV Biennial Conference “Ambienti di vita e ambienti immaginati. Nuove sfide per l’antropologia”, Associazione Nazionale degli Antropologi Universitari (ANUAC), Libera Universitá di Bolzano.
IV Biennial Conference “Ambienti di vita e ambienti immaginati. Nuove sfide per l’antropologia”, Associazione Nazionale degli Antropologi Universitari (ANUAC), Libera Universitá di Bolzano.
Paper “Il tempo di parlare e segnare. Antropologia, politiche e pratiche del tempo nella sordità”, panel “Esperienza dell’attesa e retoriche del “tempo che manca” nel campo sanitario. Il contributo operativo dell’antropologia”, co. Giovanni Pizza & Andrea F. Ravenda”, conference 2° Convegno Nazionale della SIAA – Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, Rimini (Italia).
In collaboration with
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Scienze Sociali, Umane e della Formazione, Università degli Studi di Perugia
International research network “Anthropology and Social Movements”, European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA)