University of Amsterdam

Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Urban Food Experience


Turfdraagsterpad 9

Kloveniersburgwal 48

Amsterdam, Noord-Holl


Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Food and cities are intrinsically connected. Yet it is precisely in cities that we are less and less aware of this, as the production and processing of most of our food now takes place far away from where we live, out of sight and mind. The consequences of this global food system, however, become increasingly visible to us as city dwellers, especially in the Global South and especially in the poorer parts of our cities. 

As the course takes place in Amsterdam, we use the city both as a case to investigate, and as a laboratory to experiment in; part of this course consists in conducting ethnographic research, where students are stimulated to present their results in innovative ways. Amongst other things, we will explore in this course how we can use the performance of eating a meal to explore the meaning of food and foodways in the city.

The course is structured along two lines. The first is a  spatial-temporal axis, in which the relationship between cities and food is studied from a global and historical perspective in the first week, and zooms in to the scale of the person and the body in the final week. The second is  thematic: each meeting discusses food and the city from a different thematic starting point, such as entrepreneurship, or policy, whereby each successive week cuts across more and more ‘scales’ as we zero in on our present position on the spatial-temporal axis. 


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 1550 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 1550 EUR

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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