Online webinars with UNISG and Visiting Professors!

Live on Blackboard for all the UNISG Students… or watch the replay on YouTube!

Please note: the webinars are held in Italian or in English

Tuesday April 21, 4 pm | Language: Italian, with slides in English | Prof. Antonella Campanini

Ildegarda di Bingen (1098-1179) è conosciuta in particolare per le opere mistiche e per le composizioni musicali, ma annovera al suo attivo anche opere scientifiche che si pongono come scopo prioritario la salute dell’essere umano. Per guarire dalle malattie o mantenere lo stato di benessere, Ildegarda si occupa anche di cibo, in continuità con la medicina del tempo, e propone una classificazione delle “creature” del mondo animale e vegetale in base al bene o al male che possono provocare in chi se ne nutre, sano o ammalato che sia.

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Tuesday April 28, 4 pm | Language: Italian | Prof. Silvio Greco

Da qualche decennio abbiamo a che fare con eventi zoonotici sempre più frequenti e sempre più dannose. Ma Darwin, come il “guardiano della soglia” ruolo descritto da Joseph Campbell in “L’eroe dai mille volti” e Christopher Vogler ne “Il viaggio dell’Eroe”, ci aveva già avvertiti nelle sue opere. Non siamo altro che animali legati a tutti gli altri esseri viventi, dagli alberi, agli insetti, allo fitoplancton ai grandi mammiferi, con i quali condividiamo da sempre origine, evoluzione, salute e malattie. E purtroppo ce ne scordiamo spesso.

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Tuesday May 5, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Paola Migliorini

The role and functions of agrobiodiversity for the sustainability of the ecosystem, agriculture and food production. The impact of agriculture on biodiversity. Conservation of agrobiodiversity. Protection and cultivation of local cv and germplasm conservation: ex situ, on farm and in situ conservation. Participatory and evolutionary plant breeding. How to enhance agrobiodiversity and agroecosystem diversification strategies and practices. UNISG House of Biodiversity and project on wheat local varieties and population

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Tuesday May 12, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Andrea Pieroni

Traditional knowledge about food plants is the coevolutive result of a long history of interactions between societies and environments. We will show examples of this inextricable links and discuss why this heritage is fundamental for fostering future food sustainability and sovereignty.

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Tuesday May 19, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Nicola Perullo

Is  the “social distancing” that seems to become the new global habit for the next years, affecting the haptic approach of the ecological knowledge? Is physical distance a loss in any case? I would argue that it is not. It will depend on many factors. Humanity own potentialities to cope with it in different manners.

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Thursday May 21, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Tim Ingold

At a time of crisis, we are remembering that we owe our life in the world to our kinship with others, performed in acts of nurturance and care, and carried on in the shared experience of overlapping generations. Yet western societies find themselves in the grip of a way of thinking, allegedly ‘scientific’, that severs persons from relations and reduces kinship to a calculus of genetic connection. Can we rebuild science, as a practice of care, on the foundation of our real kinship with the earth and its inhabitants?

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Tuesday May 26, 5 pm | Language: English | Prof. Michele Antonio Fino

Do human societies have a perception of the upcoming tragedies, when the times are ready for them? In a peculiar age of the Roman history, we will try to understand if the government and the citizens did recognize the danger for the society they were part of. At the time of emperor Augustus, the Mediterranean world was finally in peace, but the heir of Julius Cesar was convinced, year after year, that a new, fundamental battle was to be won. Augustus was a new kind of Roman politician, attentive to decide and rule only after an appropriate knowledge about problems and solutions was accumulated. Therefore he could recognize the ultimate enemy of Rome was the lack of Romans: demography threatened the result of the conquests and undermined the future of his world.

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Thursday May 28, 4pm | Language: Italian | Prof. Massimo Montanari

Storia di un luogo immaginario, dove il cibo è ovunque e si raggiunge senza alcuna fatica. L’altra faccia del Paese della Fame…

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Wednesday June 3, 4 pm | Language: English Prof. Cinzia Scaffidi

The world of bees is an excellent metaphor for understanding how we should behave in regard to our communities and our environment. But it is also one of the outposts on the planet, the first to receive the damages caused by our unsustainable way of dealing with production and development.

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Thursday June 4, 4pm | Language: Italian | Prof. Nicola Perullo

Gastronomic criticism, which has already been in crisis for some time, seems to sink today under the tsunami of hard current affairs: catering with an uncertain future, new models of conviviality on the horizon. Can anything positive be drawn from this apparently dramatic situation? I will try to show how this crisis can be salvific.

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Thursday June 11, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Franco Fassio e Bianca Minotti

What are food policies and how can they foster the transition towards a sustainable future?  An overview on the great world of food policies to understand what role they have in shaping the food system on a glocal level.

Tuesday June 16, at Noon | Language: Italian | Prof. Paolo Corvo

La conferenza intende presentare i risultati più significativi della ricerca quantitativa condotta da Unisg sul tema dei consumi e delle pratiche alimentari al tempo del lockdown per la pandemia. In particolare si descrive il ritrovato interesse per il cucinare e la rinnovata attenzione per il riutilizzo degli alimenti contro il food waste.

Tuesday June 16, 4 pm | Language: English | Prof. Maria Giovanna Onorati

The temporary lock-down imposed almost all over the world in the attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is making of “protective distancing” a new and probably long-lasting mode of socialization. This “new normality” has a direct impact on daily routines and makes an unprecedented room for digital technologies especially in our food-related practices. Which socio-cultural consequences can we forecast on the upcoming gastronomic scenario?

Thursday June 18, 4 pm| Language: English | Prof. Michele Fontefrancesco

Why are there so many food festivals in the Italian countryside? Is a food festival just about celebrating food? The paper argues that we
should not look at food festivals just as tools of enjoyment, but they play a crucial role as collective strategies against rural marginalization and in particular being able to rebuild the meaning of the local landscape to the eyes of the communities, through a mix of invention, innovation and socialization.