Upcoming conferences and talks – Spring & Summer 2014

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April 11 – “Wild ferment: constructing nature, obscuring labor in the natural wine movement” at the American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in Boston, MA, April, 11-12, 2014 – 10-11:45am session “In/visibilities and Un/accountabilities in Food”

May 25 – “Teaching Italian Culture through Food: An Anthropological Approach”, American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Zurich, Switzerland.

May 26 – “Vino e cultura: un progetto di antropologia dal vigneto al bicchiere” Patrimonio immateriale e antropologia dell’alimentazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Bicocca, 14h30-17h00, Edificio U16, aula 14 (IV piano) – Via Thomas Mann 8, Milano, Italy.

June 5-8 – Umbra Institute, Food Conference, Perugia, Italy, Keynote.

Upcoming talks – November 2013

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“The Artification of Wine: Words that transform grapes into art”

2:30pm, Nov. 14, 2013, “Cuisine, artification par les arts?”, Centre d’archives de Montréal de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Canada , Nov. 13 & 14, 2013

“Preserving a taste landscape: the cultural heritage of wine in Carema, Italy”

10:45am, Nov. 23, 2013,  “Edible Identities: Exploring Food and Foodways as Cultural Heritage, Part 2″, International Ballroom North- Access through Lobby Level (Chicago Hilton), American Anthropological Association Meeting, Chicago, Nov. 20-24, 2013.

 

 

Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass


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Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), the book that I co-edited with Robert C. Ulin, is now available on-line and in bookstores. Many thanks to all of our wonderful contributors and to Fulvio Silvestri for the wonderful cover images.

“This collection is a heady investigation of wine as a sociocultural and historical commodity in diverse global sites. Fifteen engaging articles show how the ethnographic study of wine penetrates beyond the bottle to reveal labor relations, power structures, market forces, and deeply held meanings about identity and place.” – Carole Counihan, author of ‘Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence’ and editor-in-chief of ‘Food and Foodways’

“This collection represents the first of its kind to focus on wine from a sociocultural perspective while bringing together current approaches to questions of identity, culture, authenticity, craft and technology, and the senses. Like terroir itself, this collection roots the taste of wine in places, in the history and emergence of new landscapes of tastes, and the changing social and environmental relations of its production, dissemination and consumption. Uncork it for yourself and see!” – David Sutton, Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, USA

“Given its global, economic, social and cultural importance, it’s astonishing that the anthropology of wine has been so neglected for so long. This splendid collection of incisive essays goes a long way towards establishing key issues in this emerging field, many of which are also relevant to contemporary anthropology in general.” –  Jeremy MacClancy, Professor of Social Anthropoology, Dept of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, uk

Read more about Wine and Culture here…

A Summer in the Field

Silvio reached up and pulled down a curled up leaf from one of his vines. He unfurled the leaf to reveal the larva of a leafroller (Platynota  stultana). Pests like this, he explained, could do serious damage to a vineyard. He named off the various fungal diseases he regularly has to combat as the grape growing season progresses. Winegrowing was starting to seem more like chemical warfare than some bucolic agricultural activity. Walking through the steep vineyards of Donnas on a warm June day, I learned a great deal about vineyard management, changing traditions, and one man’s reality as he worked amongst the vines—all things that are difficult to learn from only reading books …

Read more on the Gastronomy at BU blog.