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The sixth Baltic Anthropology Summer School on global-to-local food chains

The sixth Summer School of Baltic Anthropology will take place on 25-28, August, for the third time at the Rucka Art Residency Center in Cēsis. The Summer School program includes lectures, seminars, participants' discussions, fieldwork and ethnographic research, which are partly planned in the territory of the city of Cēsis, also visiting local activists/producers.

This year's Summer School is dedicated to the theme "Global-to-local Food chains: Food Sovereignty and Climate Change". Anthropologists' research reveals the impossibly complex structure and multidimensional challenges of food chains, as well as problems that cannot be solved within a single discipline. Feeding the world's population is a difficult task. Technical innovations and scientific discoveries in various fields, climate impacts and changes, energy constraints, policies, geopolitical challenges, competition and other factors make food production an increasingly complex and complicated field.

  • How to improve the quality of produced food, prevent environmental degradation and organize meaningful, socio-cultural and biologically integrated food production?

  • How to improve human relations with other living organisms and feed the world at the same time?

  • What are the possibilities and future outcomes of food sovereignty, given that food production has been heavily influenced by the capitalist world system, past and present?

  • What can others learn from the Baltic experience - and the Baltic - from others?

Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students will listen to lectures, participate in seminars, and conduct and present research in small groups to generate ideas and reflections within a given topic. The summer school will gather students and scientists from Germany, the Baltics and other countries representing various disciplines - social anthropology, sociology, ethnology, food technology, etc.

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If you cannot join the full program of the Baltic Anthropology Summer School, then you are welcome to the free open lecture and discussion on the Future of Food by Miķeļis Grīviņš organized as part of the Summer School.

Agro-food systems are often associated with both negative impacts and the positive potential they could have on the environment, economics and social reality. However, the growing complexity of these systems underlines that it is highly unlikely that the transition enabling positive potential of food systems will take place on its own. For the shift to occur, a joint effort from all engaged stakeholders is needed. Yet, to steer such effort a general agreement is needed on how we can engage with the future. The lecture will discuss the future of food by addressing three questions:

  1. How to think about the future of food?

  2. What are the general trends and drivers that will affect the shape of agro-food systems in the future?

  3. How we will think about food-related issues in the future.

Time and place: Thursday, August 25, 18:00 – 20:00, Ruckas Art Residency Center, Cēsis, Piebalgas iela 19.

Language: English


The running of the Summer School and the free lecture is possible thanks to the financial support of the municipality of Cēsis region and the Baltic-German University Liaison Office. This project of the Baltic-German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany. Informative support for the Summer School is provided by the Latvian Association of Anthropologists.

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