Culture and Communication of Taste (CUCOTA)


Project no.: 2017-1-IT02-KA201-036736

Project description:

The project aims to analyse and highlight the cultural importance of gastronomy, as well as the peculiarities of communicating about food. For this, the project will employ a semiotic approach. The purpose is to arrange an international meeting and to publish a handbook for secondary school students on gastronomy, catering and oenology.
Besides being a central component of human life, food is one of the main factors that shape cultural identity and social practices, and an important player within international economy. Moreover, recently, an awareness of food culture has been emerging, both in academia and society.
Semiotics, as the study of signification, recommends itself as an adequate framework to scrutinize the cultural dimension of gastronomy. This approach will offer an insight towards how cultural traits are formed via subjective gastronomic preferences and habits.

Project funding:

The European Union programme Erasmus+

Period of project implementation: 2017-09-01 - 2020-07-31

Project coordinator: IPSEOA (Istituto Professionale Servizi per l’Enogastronomia e l’Ospitalita Alberghiera)

Project partners: University of Palermo, Kaunas University of Technology, NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY, KMPPMC – Kaunas Food Industry and Trade Training Centre, G.A.L Elimos (European grouping of territorial cooperation)

Dario Martinelli

2017 - 2020

Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities