Milan Workshop Food and Ideological Extremism: Philosophical and Empirical Dimensions – February 5, 2020

Politeia Library, University of Milan, Via Festa del Perdono, 7

Food production, distribution and consumption are deeply intertwined with social, cultural and political identities. While most of these identities, and the dietary habits associated with them, belong to the social, cultural and political mainstream (broadly understood), others reflect extremist ideological positions, i.e. positions located outside the mainstream and characterized by simplistic, overconfident and intolerant attitudes. For example, meat-free and vegan diets, often associated with progressive left-wing political orientations, have often been embraced, in the past and more recently, by far-right political movements as a key way of expressing their extremist political identity and ideology. Another example of the connection between food and extremism are vegan or animal rights movements that engage in extremist and/or violent acts. This workshop will provide a forum for the discussion of these and other related issues concerning the relationship between food and extremism. 


10:30-11:00 Andrea Borghini (Università Statale di Milano); Matteo Bonotti (Monash University) Introduction

Chair: Laura Prosperi (Università di Milano-Bicocca) 

11:00-12:00 Bernhard Forchtner (University of Leicester) Food for Volk: “The Politics of Soil” in the German Extreme Right Today 

Chair: Francesca Mastrovito (Eataly) 

12:00-13:00 Balsa Lubarda (Central European University, Budapest) War on the “Superfoods”? The Nexus of Far Right Ecologism and Food Nativism 

13:00-14:30 Lunch 

Chair: Beatrice Serini (Università degli Studi di Milano) 

14:30-15:30 Luís Cordeiro Rodrigues (Hunan University, Changsha, Cina) Animal and Racial Justice 

Chair: Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli) 

15:30-16:30 Federico Zuolo (Università degli Studi di Genova) 

Food, Moral Integrity and Radicalism in Animal Rights Movements 

16:30-16:45 Tea/coffee 

Chair: Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimora)

16:45:18:00 Roundtable: Food and Ideological Extremism 

Participation is free of charge. However, due to space limitations, participants are kindly requested to RSVP for the event. If you would like to attend, please email (subject “Food and Ideological Extremism”) and wait for a confirmation answer.

For information: Andrea Borghini (

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