Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Italian Pasta Landscapes: a Geographical Reading

First Italian Research Seminar of the 2015-2016 academic year, given by Prof. Davide Papotti (Università degli Studi di Parma).

Food plays a central role in shaping Italian landscapes, and pasta is no exception from this perspective. The production of durum wheat for the pasta industry has a central role in the formation of Italian rural landscapes: the form of the fields, the shapes of the buildings, the presence of fences, walls, lines of trees mirrors the organizational patterns of wheat cultivation. The dialogue between the environmental influences (in terms of climate, morphology, nature of soils) and wheat cultivation is an important component of Italian rural landscapes. This characteristic Italian food has also an important role in shaping mediascapes and ideoscapes (in the meaning of the terms explained by A. Appadurai, 1996) that contribute to the formation of geographical and social imageries associated with Italy. The talk will try to outline the main characteristics and differences in the Italian landscapes related to durum wheat cultivation for the pasta industry, and to present a few examples of mediatic landscapes associated with pasta in advertisements and commercials. Bio: Davide Papotti is associate professor in Geography at the University of Parma, where he has been working since 2005. Since 2008 he has been teaching a course entitled “Multicultural Italy. An interdisciplinary approach to urban landscapes and narrations” for the Boston College overseas programme in Parma and, since 2014, a course entitled "Italian foodscapes: An interdisciplinary approach to food and culture" for the University of California program in Florence. He is the author of Geografie della scrittura. Paesaggi letterari del medio Po (1996) and L’altro e l’altrove. Antropologia, geografia e turismo (with Marco Aime; 2012) and over 100 articles in scholarly journals. His research interests include: the relations between geography and literature, the study of immigration flows and multiculturalism in contemporary Italy, tourism marketing, place marketing, the geography of food.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 5pm - 6 pm
Location: CACSSS Seminar Room, O’Rahilly Building G.27, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Silvia Ross

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