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2024 Edition

21st Summer school dedicated to Food & Drink Studies

For reasons beyond our control, we are forced to cancel this 21st edition, which was due to take place at the end of August 2024.
We are sincerely sorry, but we will do our utmost to return in the summer of 2025.
Stay tuned for our latest news and next call for applications.


Since 2003, our summer university has positioned itself as a leading platform for reflection on new research in Food Studies. After several thematic editions, this 2024 edition will continue its ambition to provide a resolutely broad overview of these fields of research from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Over the last twenty years or so, new themes have emerged and given new impetus to research in food studies. How do they fit together within the various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, from anthropology and history to sociology and literary studies? How can young researchers position themselves in relation to the wide-ranging possibilities offered by this field of research?

Leading specialists from different disciplinary backgrounds will address these questions through the prism of their own research. Participants will be invited to present their current projects to an international audience in a friendly environment that stimulates scientific curiosity. 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.

An exchange platform reserved exclusively for speakers and applicants will provide access to all the resources made available (courses, programmes, bibliographic and teaching resources, etc.).

Academic co-director

  • Emmanuelle CRONIER, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Picardy (France)
  • Bruno LAURIOUX, Professor of Medieval History, University of Tours (France)
  • Sara PENNELL, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History, University of Greenwich (United Kingdom)
  • Rachel RICH, Reader in Modern European History, Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom)

Teaching staff

Academic guidance will be provided by scholars specializing in different areas of food and drink studies :
  • In progress

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 : These presentations shall not take longer than 15 minutes (not including Q&A) and they will be followed by a general discussion. They will be commented on by all the students and the academic staff. Thus, in order to accentuate the interest of the presentations by the students, each participant is asked to produce, in English, a summary of their research work in the history and cultures of food already completed, currently in progress or planned, clearly specifying the sources used, the chronological limits and the different fields of research to which they relate (2 to 3 pages maximum). This summary will be examined by the selection committee. If accepted, a longer version may be provided before mid-July 2024. This text will be distributed to all selected participants before the start of the summer school.

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 and heritage 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.

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.


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.


This summer school program is part of the Thematic Research Network piloted by IEHCA (2019-2024)
and supported by :