The Science and Politics of Food in Human History: gloknos Summer School 2019

26 August 2019, 15:00 - 31 August 2019, 14:00

University of Cambridge

The Open Knowledge Summer School in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities is a fully-funded, week-long, multi-subject residential in August 2019.
Applications for this event have now closed

This Widening Participation Summer School will take place from 26 to 31 August 2019 and is organised by gloknos, the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, at CRASSH, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Cambridge). The convenor of this event is Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Director of gloknos) – please contact her directly with any academic questions. We are pleased to be able to collaborate with several University departments and institutions, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum. Teachers participating in this event are based in many departments and faculties, including Archaeology, Plant Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, and more.

We aim to host twelve highly-able students in the UK, who are currently enrolled in, or have recently finished, their undergraduate degree and are considering pursuing postgraduate studies (in the UK or abroad) in the near future. Our selection criteria follow the University of Cambridge’s Widening Participation guidelines, applied to the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. If you have a strong academic performance to date (either a 2:1 or a 1st), and a motivation to pursue your academic journey, regardless of your current field of study, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Successful applicants will benefit from an optimal learning experience with advanced researchers and teachers at the University of Cambridge, through a combination of participatory seminars and practical, hands-on activities that will bring the subject to life and introduce participants to a diverse range of perspectives, methodologies, and sites of scientific and scholarly learning. You can see the programme of activities here. In addition to the core curriculum, students will have the opportunity to explore the University's extracurricular activities and visit Cambridge's many educational and cultural sites, while enjoying a week of communal life at Jesus College.

There are no fees for attendance, and we will cover the costs of accommodation at Jesus College, three meals a day, and also reimburse travel expenses for train or bus journeys to Cambridge from any location within the UK.

Applications for the Summer School have now closed.

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gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

 

Monday 26 August

15:30-17:30

Arrival and Registration at Jesus College

18:30-21:00

Welcome Dinner

Tuesday 27 August

09:00-10:30

Session 1.1

'A Paradise in a Challenging Environment: Agriculture in Ancient Southern Mesopotamia (IV-III millennia BC)'

Marie-Françoise Besnier

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Session 1.2

'The Irrigation Game: Lead Your Village Through the Mesopotamian Agricultural Year'

Marie-Françoise Besnier

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session 1.3

'From Prehistoric to Genetically Modified Crops'

Martin Jones

15:30-16:00

Break

16:00-17:30

Session 1.4

'Practical Session' (To be announced soon!)

Martin Jones

Wednesday 28 August

09:00-10:30

Session 2.1

'Feasting and Fasting in Early Modern Europe: Behind the Scenes with the Curators of the Fitzwilliam Food Show'

Victoria Avery & Melissa Calaresu

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Session 2.2

'Inspired by Food: Food-Themed Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum'

Hettie Ward

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session 2.3

'What Was Health Food in 1900?'

Lesley Steinitz

15:30-16:00

Break

16:00-17:30

Session 2.4

'Food Advertisements in the Early Twentieth Century'

Lesley Steinitz

Thursday 29 August

09:00-10:30

Session 3.1 

'Traveling Domestication from the Ancient Near East to the Colombian Exchange'

Inanna Hamati-Ataya

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Session 3.2

'The Modern British History of Mendelian Plant Genetics'

Matthew Holmes

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session 3.3

'The History of Seed Keeping: From Farm Field to Seed Bank'

Helen Anne Curry

15:30-16:00

Break

16:00-17:30

Session 3.4

'Catan: Crop Trust Scenario'

Helen Anne Curry

Friday 30 August

09:00-10:30

Session 4.1 

'The Agricultural Revolution in India: Past, Present, and Future'

Shailaja Fennell

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Session 4.2

'Photography and Video within Agricultural Landscapes and Societies'

Toby Smith

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session 4.3

'The Food-Water Energy Nexus'

Pablo Salas

15:30-16:00

Break

Session 4.4

Session 4.4

'Agriculture and the Politics of Global Security'

Felix Anderl

Saturday 31 August

09:00-10:30

Museum Visit TBC

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:30

Diplomas and Short Film Testimonies

12:30-14:00

Lunch and Free TIme

14:00

Guided Tour of Chilford Hall Vineyard and Winery