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Winter School

The ERC Consolidator project Food Citizens? Collective food procurement in European cities: solidarity and diversity, skills and scale (2017-2022) will organize a winter school on visual and collaborative methods in anthropological research at Leiden University’s Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.

The winter school builds upon and disseminates the project’s methodological toolkit for ethnographic research. This methodology has been developed over the last four years by the project team for studying collective food procurement networks, namely citizens’ initiatives involving for example foraging, short food chains and local food governance. The school is aimed at graduate students from the social sciences and humanities who are trained in field research (for example, Masters, Research Masters and 1st year Ph.D. candidates). The goal of the school is to help develop their interests and skills in multimodal anthropology, comparative and collaborative perspectives (including audiovisual methods). Research interests in food procurement are particularly welcome, but not mandatory. Please consult our project's public resources to find out more about the topic and methodology of our research. The school is co-directed by Cristina Grasseni and Federico De Musso.

The winter school aims to train and supervise a maximum of ten participants to plan and execute up to five short research projects over two weeks, working in pairs and using collaborative and audiovisual methods. The Food Citizens? team will teach modules with a special focus on collective and interactive research processes and research ethics, including participant observation, anthropology at home, cultural mapping, ethnographic photography, and video and digital documentary. Previous film-making experience is not required. Understanding and (some) experience of ethnographic fieldwork-based research is a prerequisite. The modules are designed to reflect on hands-on methodologies fostering collaboration among field-researchers. We encourage graduate students and researchers who are planning to work in collaboration with peers, for example within a research team or in larger research projects, to flag this up in their application. (You may indicate if you would prefer to participate as a pair/group. If circumstances allow we will do our best but do not guarantee to accommodate such requests, within a maximum number of 10 participants in total). The participants will present their project/artefact at the Food Citizens? Conference on Friday 4th February 2022 which will profile the Food Citizens? project’s research outcomes to a broad audience of researchers and stakeholders.

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