Educating through food: Models and practices between universities and communities

“Educating through food: Models and practices between universities and communities”, is the theme of a conference organized by the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo. As part of the Prin 2015 “Cucina Politica. The food language between social practices and ideological representations”, the conference is held on Thursday, June 20thand Friday, June 21st, 2019, and sees the participation of numerous Italian and international scholars.

Directed by Nicola Perullo, full professor of Aesthetics and director of Education at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the two-day course deals with the issues of university education, historical and philosophical education models, current education projects related to food, as well as ecology and knowledge transfer to younger generations. It will be a plural reflection and showcasing the many facets of food languages today.

Here is the program for the conference (the speeches are held in English or, alternatively, translated from Italian into English):


June 20th, 2019

Aula Miroglio – Cascina Albertina

9:30 – Welcome Speech by Professor Andrea Pieroni, Rector of the University of Gastronomic Sciences

10:00 – Education in the University and in Diplomacy

  • Professor Jan Masschelein – University pedagogy as ‘frontline’
  • Professor Leszek Koczanowicz – Non-consensual dialogue and the concept of taste
  • Professor Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi – Enhancing local food-branding strategies: the impact of city networks.

11:00 – Roundtable discussion

11:30 – Educational Models between History and Philosophy

  • Professor Massimo Montanari – Monastic rules and work in the kitchen. A training in discipline and concentration.
  • Professor Antonella Campanini – Writing about food to educate about food. Some thoughts around ‘De honesta voluptate’ by Platina.
  • Professor Dorota Koczanowicz – Food as a vehicle of education

12:30 – Roundtable discussion

13:00 – Lunch Break

15:30 – Ongoing projects with food education

  • Professor Gianfranco Marrone – The Cucota project: State of the Art
  • Professor Nicola Perullo – “Education is about lighting a fire, not about filling a pail” – Yeats Designing a different teaching-learning system at the University of Gastronomic Sciences
  • Professor Paola Migliorini – Facilitating transformation and competence development in university education and in Gastronomic Sciences: an experiential and action oriented approach to Agroecology

16:00 – Roundtable discussion

16:30 – Ecology, Education and School

  • Dr. Adriana Bosio and Maria Gagliano – Find it, cook it, eat it: Food Education for Children
  • Dr. Chiara Flora Bassignana – A Blade of Grass: Community Experiments of Food Education
  • Dr. Ninni Sodahl – Gently facing the blank canvas: The art of sensing from the field.

17:30 – Roundtable discussion



June 21st, 2019

Making Sense of Education

9:30 – Meeting at the Edible Garden

10:00 – Sensing into what is about to emerge: an intuitive and aesthetic exploration with Dr. Ninni Sodah


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