This Global Study program examines how food is used to construct cultural identity in the very regionalized country; Spain. From the Spanish home kitchen to the trendiest restaurant kitchen, from the daily markets to the olive groves and vineyards we will analyze how Spaniards and Catalans use food to create two competing identities, one regional the other national.
Culture and cultural identity are often identified as the "ordinary" everyday life elements we perform. Food is one of these "taken for granted" ordinary cultural identifiers. However, food is more than a means of survival. It permeates many aspects of our lives from the most intimate to the most professional. Food exemplifies how we view ourselves and others and is the center of political and social issues.
This course will be registered as a Spring 2015 course, so Spring Financial Aid is available!
Yes, in Salamanca, Spain during my undergrad. After I
graduated I went back to Spain for nine months.
Not just Communication students should go abroad – every
student should. It looks great on a resume because it shows maturity. Studying abroad profoundly changes lives. It
expands your knowledge base, helps you make different life choices about your
career and goals, and helps you understand more about own your identity. Any
study abroad experience is fabulous.
Understanding food and identity. We are in Barcelona, the
capital of Catalonia, a region that wants to secede from Spain. It is an area
that wants to be different, and have its own national and ethnic identity. You
can see these differences played out in food. It’s fun.
I'm pretty passionate about food. It has become my new
research area. I’m interested in Food Justice, and food and identity. When you
study abroad it is important to be introduced to food because it has effect on
you three times a day. Students learn about their own food choices, what that
says about them. In the United States, we just pick up a burger and don't even
register that it comes from a cow.
Students will learn about the relationship Catalonians have
between their food and their identity, about their connection to food. Food is
economically, socially, and governmentally important. It has a lot of power.
Access and distribution of food can be used as a force of control.
Every day is fun. We visited a meat processing plant. You
can’t get inside those in the United States. It was one of the cleanest places
I’ve ever been. Students came face to face with slaughter. They saw every
process except the actual killing. This access – the fact that we were able to
see the inside of the food system - is really important. It is a big eye opener
to the differences between the United States and Spain.
Food! Food in Spain is part of community, socializing, and
developing relationships. Taking the time to eat with people is more important
than working. A Spanish person would never think to eat at a desk, alone, or
walking around a city. There is no idea of “To-Go”.
Spain is a very regionalized country. It is far more
important to be Catalan or Castellano than it is to be Spaniard. Because
the nation is so regionalized, so is the food.