Barcelona- The Secret Ingredient: How Culture and Cultural Identity are Communicated
From the Spanish Catalan home kitchen using fresh ingredients purchased in the neighborhood market to the trendiest restaurant sporting molecular cuisine, from the ancient olive groves to the Roman planted vineyards we will analyze how Spaniards and Catalans use food and foodways to create and maintain their cultural identities. Focusing on not only food, but also foodways we will perform a critical examination of the various intersections of food and culture in construction of one's identity. Culture and cultural identity are often identified as the "ordinary" everyday life events and food is one of those "taken for granted" cultural identifiers. However, food is more than a means of survival in a region like Catalonia, Spain. It is politics, economics and the social organizer. It permeates Spanish life from the most intimate spaces to the most professional. This Travel Study course will assist students in an academically rigorous unpacking of not only Catalonian's relationship with food, but their own relationship with food and foodways.
COMM 415: Study Abroad in Communication
- Summer 2020: May 18 - June 7, 2020