Selected ethnographic visual episodes of our research project will be presented at the conference “The Year of Italian Food: Immaterial Gastronomic Heritage” (in Italian) at the Regional Parliament of Umbria, Italy. Here the complete program of the event.
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 governance of transparency and neo-rural activism
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
We are pleased to announce a screening and debate session of our documentary “De-commodifying Foodways” at the Kratovo Film Festival 2018 in Macedonia, one of the most interesting film festival’s for visual anthropologists. Here the complete programme. Here the programme of the festival.
Our documentary “An Experimental Path” will be screened at the Midsummer Festival and Market of “Genuino Amiatino”on 24 June 2018 at Monticello Amiata in Tuscany. The screening will be followed by a debate with the authors and protagonists of the film about the perspectives and limits of the “Partcipatory Guarantee”, an alternative way to engage consumers and small-scale farmers in micro-economic comunity networks. Here a link to the program of the event.
The Italian national left-wing newspaper “Il Manifesto” has published a report on the inventive practices of the movement “Genuino Clandestino” and the research of the “Peasant Activism Project” in its weekly magazin “L’extraterrestre”.
We are pleased to announce the second edition of our “Political Imagination Laboratory”. The second edition of the Political Imagination Laboratory brings together anthropologists, social scientists, filmmakers and activists from around the world and will alternate paper presentations with film screenings, roundtable discussions, and work-in-progress visual expositions.
The completed program can be accessed here.
The weekend magazin “D” of Italy’s major center-left newspaper “La Repubblica” has pubblished an investigative article by Francesca Sironi on emergent neo-rural activism, featuring an interview and statements from members of the project team.
Please see here the article (in Italian).
First impressions from our work
Fieldwork, research, film-making, debates, work-in-progress
Project hosted by
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) , Queen’s University Belfast
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK
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)