Food and IdentitySummer Course

Summer Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
History, Sociology
Location: Copenhagen
Session 2

Food has always been closely linked to identity, but in the past two decades, it has also become the focus of a host of issues that reflect cultural, social, and even political values. In this course, we look at the nexus between what you eat and who you are by focusing on food culture in two countries: Denmark and Spain. Each has a deeply-rooted culinary tradition that was shaped by geography, religion, and demographics. In recent years each has also shot to the forefront of the gastronomic world, producing a distinctive kind of cutting-edge cuisine (‘molecular gastronomy’ in Spain; ‘New Nordic’ in Denmark), that has turned its chefs into celebrities and its restaurants into the objects of international pilgrimage. In this course, we examine what the impact that those changes, and others, have had on identity in each nation.

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Lisa Abend

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. in European history, Harvard University, 1998. After several years as academic, Lisa Abend became a journalist and is currently a correspondent for TIME magazine. She contributes to several other magazines and newspapers and is author of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli. With DIS since 2014. Currently on leave.