Food, Migration, and BelongingSummer Course

Major Discipline(s)
Sociology, Food Studies, Anthropology
Location: Copenhagen
Session 3

How can food and food practices influence our sense of belonging – or of exclusion?  In this course focused on student’s own research, we explore ways in which food contributes to the building of communities and a sense of belonging. We talk about “breaking bread” as a way of overcoming differences, examining the long history of food and eating as tools in conflict resolution and the de-escalation of disputes. Food can also be our entry into new communities, shown through the million-dollar industry of food tourism which markets food as, literally, a taste of a new culture. But food – what we eat and how we eat it – also delineates class, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and citizenship status. With Denmark as a case study, you will spend the semester researching a topic of your own choice related to food and belonging.

“People eating similar food are trustworthy, good, familiar, and safe; but people eating unusual food give rise to feelings of distrust, suspicion, and even disgust” (Scholliers, 2001).

Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies


Teresa Imaya Bengtsson

DIS Summer Faculty

Cand.mag. in Advanced Migration Studies (Copenhagen University). B.A., in Global Humanities (Communications and Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center). Research interests include migration and transnationalism, identity and belonging, and Islamic feminism. Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education. With DIS since 2013.

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