Food Autonomy Festival
On the first weekend of June a plot of land in Lutkemeerpolder, West Amsterdam, was occupied in order to host the Food Autonomy Festival. The event was organized in solidarity with local farms to protest against the development of Schiphol airport-oriented business park. Two of our PhD's, Maria Vasile and Ola Gracjasz, joined the protest.
Celebrating the World Anthropology Day 2019 in Milan, Italy
On February 21st, Maria Vasile, one of the PhD students of the project participated to several events organized in Milan by the University of Milano-Bicocca for the celebration of the World Anthropology Day.
Shaping the food future of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region
How can we organize the food system in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region in a more sustainable and democratic way? This is the overarching theme of the activities of the Food Council Metropolitan Region Amsterdam. On Friday the 15th of March 2019 they invited Prof. Cristina Grasseni to give a presentation on her work on the networks of Solidarity Purchase Groups in northern Italy, known as Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale, and think along with members of the Food Council about possibilities for growing the solidarity economy in the Dutch context.
Broken Promises and Precarity in a Small Croatian Farming Community
Robin Smith, post-doc of the 'Food Citizens?'-project wrote an interesting blog for the Leiden Anthropology blog on the basis of her previous fieldwork on the role of trust in the wine industry in Istria.
Peasants of Wallonia in action!
On December 1st, Maria Vasile attended the annual meeting of Wallonia’s Mouvement d’Action Paysanne (MAP) (Peasant Action Movement). The members of the MAP gather on this particular day to celebrate St. Eloi, who is recognized as the saint patron of farmers and of the working class, more generally. This is an occasion for MAP farmers to get together, share impressions and discuss about the achievements, challenges and ways forward for the movement. In this article she will share her experience.
'Food Citizens?' Contribution in the ICA Journal.
The Food Citizens? team has contributed in the special issue of the ICA journal. The semi-scientific journal of the study association Itiwana of Leiden University's Institute of Cultural Anthropology.
Explore 'different' food procurement initiatives in the Netherlands during the Voedsel Karavaan
Throughout the year, the organisation 'Voedsel Anders' organizes an events series that showcase various local food initiatives in Dutch cities.
Storie del Possibile: Grassroots and Local Initiatives in Italy and Europe
The conference Storie del possibile took place in the Ex- lavanderia of Santa Maria della Pietà in the neighbourhood Monte Mario in Rome, on April 21-22 2018. It was organized by Comune.info , an Italian network of activists and scholars developed to foster discussion on movements and initiatives that challenge the neoliberal logic.
Maria Vasile, PhD candidate of the "Food Citizens?" project, attended the conference and shares her experiences.
Dissident Gardens at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam
With the exposition and lecture series Dissident Gardens, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam explores the classic contrast between nature and culture and the changing role of design. In this context, the garden stands for the site where human desire to control his environment collides with the forces of nature.