This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in the relationship between food, gender, and sustainability in the context of Italy. During this short-term program, you spend three weeks traveling in Italy exploring the distribution, production, and consumption of food. You will participate in local site visits at restaurants, an agritourism farm, food markets, cooking classes, and chocolate factories. You will experience Italian cuisine and the gendered systems that produce it. These culinary experiences will be supplemented with other cultural activities.
This program is based in Rome and includes travel to Umbria and Napoli. Some of the features of the program include: visit to the Ghetto, visit to Umbria, tour of Perugina factory, visit of Orsini Farm, truffle hunting and fishing workshops, visit to Napoli, Pontere' and sustainable milk production, Vico Pazzariello and traditional food and dance, visit to Castel Sant'Elmo, day-trip to Amalfi Coast and visit to wine and cheese producers, cooking classes, guest lectures, community service and more.
- Discuss how gender, history, geography, and the marketplace impact food preferences, ethics, and availability
- Analyze food ethics and sustainability
- Develop awareness of the social, economic and environmental aspects of our global food system, and the various ways in which individuals and societies interact with and experience food
- Make connections between eating and cultural identities and beliefs
- Double or triple rooms
- Shared bathrooms
- Shared kitchen
- Communal lounge space
- Laundry service – extra fee
You will take 2 courses for 6 credits. The Politics of Gender and Food course is cross-listed between GSWS and ANTH departments, so you will be enrolled in either GSWS 1180 or ANTH 1716. In addition, you will take ANTH 1752.
Food is sustenance and absolutely essential to life. But food is never simply about nutrition. Because it is fundamental to the human experience, food is also a medium for the expression of culture and social identity. Moreover, food relays complex social messages about gender, sexuality, and family. Consequently, food is also a means for expressing the social and symbolic use of power and control in which social inequalities are expressed in culinary forms. This course will examine food from the vantage point of gendered systems of production, distribution, and consumption as we consider: How does your food come to your table (or not) and what are the political implications of personal tastes? By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) apply anthropological and feminist theories to food and eating in a cross-cultural perspective; 2) understand how gender, race and class influence our access to and perspective on food; 3) make connections between eating and cultural identities and beliefs; and 4) use writing (and rewriting) as a process for developing understanding, exploring alternative points of view, considering their audience, and entering into an academic conversation.
The Pitt Study Abroad Office works with the Arcadia Rome Center as the service provider for this program. The Arcadia Center is located on the campus of Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, a convenient and accessible spot in the southern quarter of the city known as Ostiense. Your classes will take place at the Arcadia Center.
Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help you study abroad.
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Frayda Cohen is a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Adviser for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests are on children and adoption, gender, food, and transnationalism. She has spent several years working in China and was also previously the Director for the summer 6-week study abroad program, Pitt in China. More recently, she has traveled to Italy and is developing a project on emerging Chinese communities in Italy. She regularly teaches courses on gender and food, global feminisms, gendered bodies, and popular culture, and feminist theory.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$300||$300|
|Total Billed by Pitt||$5,599||$5,799|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Meals and Personal Expenses||$800 - $1,200|
As a part of your Food Studies program fee, the following are included:
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Shared accommodations through the program
- Excursions to Umbria, Napoli, and Amalfi Coast
- On-site transportation
- Class related activities such as tours of markets, chocolate factories, and cooking class
- International travel health insurance
- Airport transfers
Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!
- Please note, coursework begins prior to departure for the program.
- Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
- Remember that this is an intensive summer academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt.
- There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.