University Of Milano-Bicocca presents International Summer School EXPO Milan 2015

Summer School Programs at University of Milano-Bicocca are a wonderful opportunity for you to invest your summer in acquiring knowledge and skills across a wide range of academic disciplines – Economics and statistical Sciences, Law, Medicine and Surgery, Educational Sciences, Natural Sciences and Sociology.
Dedicated to university students, we are offering 23 intensive summer courses of short duration – one or two weeks – for you to choose from. Over and above all summer schools will have a special theme dedicated to Expo 2015.
You are sure to find something that suits your interests and needs. From classroom sessions to a series of theme-related plenary lectures and/or evening talks & guided visits to Expo will help you explore new ideas and enrich your knowledge in your chosen subjects.
We invite you to explore your interest and immerse yourself in the Italian culture where learning is not limited to the classroom: locations themselves become a ‘living textbook’, allowing knowledge building and information exchange, in direct contact with local students, and fostering an appreciation and awareness of socio-economic reality, diverse cultures, people and ideas.
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Friday, April 10, 2015



The Summer School is focused on the cultural “construction” of food, in a dynamic and innovative way. The way we eat is the result of a complex and multifaceted cultural process, entangling different traditions, origins and cultures as well as new attitudes towards nutrition, health and sustainability. This prismatic and mobile dimension of food needs to be considered from different angles, disciplines and places, in order to understand – starting from the daily practices – the radical changes, which are nowadays affecting lifestyles and collective identities both at the local and global levels.
Communities develop their preferences towards specific kinds of food and cooking. Cultural preferences are determined by a changing interaction between food supplies, traditions, social environment and global transformations. Rules concerning feeding are thus determined by taboos and practices related to convictions about the values for a “good life”. Therefore, food behaviours are influenced by socio-economic and cultural factors as well as by religious and ethical conceptions. Food is not only a physiological instrument but also a cultural need.
Philosophical, historical, anthropological, economic, social, geographical and cultural analyses and lectures in the morning will be followed by guided visits in the afternoon to Expo, museums, agricultural productions, religious sides, exhibitions, art cities and centres of excellence towards understanding a new culture of feeding. Rethinking food means to consider the multifaceted components which determine it; walking and meeting different social actors, who are interested in the improvement of the quality of life and the development of human capabilities, feeding and healing the planet.

Topics covered

  • 1. Food: Philosophies and Geographies.
  • 2. Food: Histories and Archaeologies.
  • 3. Food: Sustainability and Prosperity
  • 4: Food: Traditions and Development.
  • 5. Food: Religions and Intercultural Dialogue.
  • 6. Food: Theories and Practices of Taste.
  • 7. Food: Art and Creativity.

Program Coordinator

Prof. Marina Calloni, Prof. Elena dell’Agnese

External Partners

  • Città dell’Arte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
  • Donne in Campo and AVoce, Milano
  • Eramus Student Network, Milano-Bicocca
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome
  • Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano
  • Gal Lomellina (Mede Lomellina)
  • Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milano
  • PRAGSIA, Unimib, Milano
  • Reset - Dialogue on Civilizations, Roma
  • Società Geografica Italiana
  • Società Italiana di Teoria Critica
  • Università di Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo (Bra)


Milan, Goido, Acqualunga, Pollenzo, Biella

Application Deadline

10th May


MA level

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