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2023 Edition

20th Summer school dedicated to Food & Drink Studies

From Monday 28th August to Saturday 2nd September 2023

Domaine de la Croix Montoire, Tours (France)

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Since 2003, the IEHCA’s summer program has served as a key platform for the discussion of new research in Food & Drink Studies. This 20th 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.

As on previous occasions, academic debates at our attractive venue overlooking Tours city centre will be complemented by informal exchange with other specialists, opportunities for personal study (not least in the rich holdings of the IEHCA library), engagement with regional culinary cultures and field trips to congenial sites in the area.

Due to current health context, this 20th edition will be held at the Domaine de la Croix Montoire in strict compliance with the health protocols that will be imposed on us next summer.
Specific adaptations will therefore be developed via a secure platform (Agora). Access to the platform will be exclusively reserved for speakers and candidates and will allow access to all the resources made available (courses, programs, contacts, bibliographic and educational resources, etc.).

Academic co-director

  • Emmanuelle CRONIER, Associate Professor of History, University of Picardy (France)
  • Sara PENNELL, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History, University of Greenwich (United Kingdom)
  • Gilles TETART, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Tours (France)

Teaching staff

Academic guidance will be provided by the following scholars specializing in different areas of food and drink studies :
  • Paula BARATA DIAS, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Coïmbra (POR)
  • Amanda HERBERT, Assistant Professor of Early Modern History, Durham University (United Kingdom)
  • Caroline LARDY, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Clermont-Ferrand (FRA)
  • Olivier LEPILLER, Sociologist, CIRAD Montpellier (France)

Pedagogical structure of the summer school

1) Lectures : Five lectures will be led by recognized experts on topics relating to method, theory, approach, sources. Each lecture is 1h30 long and will be followed by discussions/debate.

2) Student research presentations to our participants and teaching staff : Presentations will be kept to a strict 15 minutes duration (not including Q&A). Their presentation will be followed by a general discussion involving both the professors present and their peers. Two students will be selected to comment on their text (5 minutes) to start up a discussion (10 minutes). We expect presentations / discussions to be in English.

3) One-on-One workshops or time for personal work : Several slots will be available for students interested in individualized meetings with the teaching staff.

4) Cultural events & non-academic activity : Cultural activities will be offered to complement the educational program during the week such as visit to the market, wine tasting rare grape varieties, cinema & debate, visit castel ad garden

Conditions of registration

> The Summer school is open to postgraduates (Master) and doctoral researchers on any aspect of food / drink studies from Antiquity to the present.
> Our capacity will not exceed 15 students.
> 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.
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Registration fee : 500 €

Fees cover the following services:
> lectures and seminars, visits and related cultural activities,
> accommodation in single rooms and full board during the Summer University.
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The IEHCA will again offer several scholarships this year covering all or part of the registration fees (500 €).
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.
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This summer school program is part of the Thematic Research Network piloted by IEHCA (2019-2023)
and supported by :