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2021 Edition

18th Summer school dedicated to Food & Drink Studies

From Monday 23rd August to Friday 3rd September 2021

Extended deadline for application : Friday, the 11th of June


Since 2003, the IEHCA’s summer school has served as a key platform for the discussion of new research in Food & Drink Studies. This 2021 edition will expand its horizon. What are the major food and drink issues and interests currently being explored in anthropology, history, literary studies, sociology, and other disciplines? What trends have emerged over time? How can current research advance future research?

Leading Food and Drink specialists from various disciplines will explore such questions using their research and invite summer program attendees to present their ongoing projects to an international audience in a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

Due to current health restrictions, this 18th edition will be held entirely online. Specific adaptations will therefore be developed and all exchanges will be made via a secure platform. Access to the platform will be exclusively reserved for speakers and candidates and will allow access to all the resources made available (courses, programs, bibliographic and educational resources, etc.).

Academic co-director

  • Emmanuelle CRONIER, Associate professor of history, University of Picardy (France)
  • Bruno LAURIOUX, Professor of history, University of Tours (France)
  • Sara PENNELL, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British history, University of Greenwich (UK)

Teaching staff

Academic guidance will be provided by the following scholars specializing in different areas of food and drink studies :
  • Chantal CRENN, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Bordeaux (France)
  • Michel DUCLOS, Research director, INRAE (French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment - France)
  • Susan FLAVIN, Associate professor of History, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Bruno LAURIOUX, Professor of history, University of Tours (France)
  • Gilles TETART, Associate professor of sociology, University of Tours (France)
  • Rebecca WELLS, Lecturer in Food Policy, City University of London (UK)

Pedagogical structure

Over the whole two weeks:
1) Six lectures will be led by recognized experts on topics relating to method, theory, approach, sources. Each lecture is 2 hours long and will be followed by discussions.
2) Student research presentations to our teaching staff and participants.
Their 15 minute presentation will be followed by comments and a general discussion. To maximize the academic benefits, each speaker will be required to submit an initial proposal (of max. 2-3 pages) summarizing their research and interests; if accepted, a longer text of 3-10 pages on any aspect (depending on the state of the project e.g. an outline, a review of existing scholars, a summary of empirical findings, methodological reflections, in-depth examination of a specific aspect…) can be submitted by July 15th.
These papers will be shared with all participants before the Summer school. Please be prepared to give your talk at any point, in some cases, even on the very first days. Presentations will be kept to a strict 15 minutes duration (not including Q&A).
3) One-on-One workshops
Several slots will be available for students interested in individualized meetings with the teaching staff.
4) Cultural sessions
Cultural activities will be offered to complement the 2 week educational program.

Conditions of registration

Our capacity will not exceed 20 students.
The Summer school is open to postgraduates (Master) and doctoral researchers on any aspect of food / drink studies from Antiquity to the present.
All discussions are conducted in English and no knowledge of other languages is necessary.
Participants wishing to hold their talks in French, Spanish, German or Italian may do so, but will be expected to provide extended abstracts in English.

Registration fee : 80 €

The fee includes the lectures and seminars and related cultural activities.


The IEHCA will again offer several scholarships this year covering all or part of the registration fees (80 €).
Selection will be based on overall academic quality/promise of submissions received before the closing date.
Please indicate on the application form whether you would like to be considered for such a bursary.


This summer school program is part of the Thematic Research Network piloted by IEHCA (2019-2022)
and supported by :