One-week course on Mediterranean food and society
The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture (formerly the Department of Tourism Studies) at the University, is offering a one-week summer course on ‘Food and Mediterranean Society’.
The course presents an overview of the cultural aspects of food and its place in Mediterranean societies, and comprises a programme of morning lectures and afternoon or evening field trips.
The course is open to everyone, especially practitioners and professionals in the hospitality and culture industry, and food enthusiasts.
Topics will include: How new foods helped transform the Mediterranean diet; Food as a means of cultural exchange; Food markets and their socio-cultural role in Mediterranean communities; Semiotics and gastronomy – food and taste; Fasting and feasting – foods and sweets associated with Christian celebrations; The science of taste and smell; Food and communications media; Nutrition, health and the Mediterranean diet.
The course will be held at the University campus, Msida, and transport will be provided for the field trips and visits.
Applications are to be sent by Tuesday to the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, FEMA Building, University of Malta.