Gentili Studentesse e Studenti,
come annunciato la settimana prossima interverrò nella sessione plenaria della conferenza internazionale “Food for Thought: Nourishment, Culture, Meaning”, organizzato dalle colleghe Amy Bentley e Simona Stano, che si terrà presso la New York University nei giorni 14 e 15 ottobre.
Per questo le lezioni di Semiotica Generale e Semiotica Culturale previste nei giorni di lunedì e martedì salteranno, cosa di cui mi scuso. Riprenderemo regolarmente da venerdì 18.
Qui di seguito il titolo e l’abstract del mio intervento.
In allegato il programma e il book of abstract completi del convegno.
Phenomenology of a Symbolic Dish: What Su Porceddu Teaches Us about Food, Meaning, and Identity
How can we analyse a symbolic dish? Which kind of semio-political questions should we consider in such an analysis? Which cultural categories might be useful to study these socio-historical processes and the forms of life related to them? In order to answer these questions, we will deal with a specific case study: su porceddu, the roasted suckling pig that represents Sardinia’s contemporary symbolic dish. As we will see, at one level, the analysis allows recognising some relevant issues for Sardinian’s culture in the broader context of the Mediterranean history: first of all the clash of meanings that passing through the dish have involved the general definition of Sardinians’ identity as traditional, local, regional or national along time. At another level, it makes it possible to identify some general categories to study the history of food’s meaning: continuity/discontinuity, one’s own/someone else’s, knowledge/flavour, memory/forgetfulness. This relationalist approach leads to underline the role of (un)translatability as a key cultural and alimentary process, also allowing us to look at food consumption and description as embodied forms of and powerful tools for self-consciousness.