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Giovanni Orlando
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University of Turin

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I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, working on a project entitled 'The value of alternative food networks after the crisis: An Italian case study'. Read my blog here.

Trained in economic anthropology (UCL, Goldsmiths), I specialize in the study of alternative food networks, particularly the production-consumption of organic food. My doctoral project looked at ethical foods in Western Sicily (Italy) and integrated the anthropological and historical literature on moral economies with that on social and ecological sustainability. After being based in London from 2004 to 2014, in 2015 I worked at the University of Bergamo as a member of the Working Group on Consumption, Networks and Practices of Sustainable Economies (CORES lab). My post-doctoral project in Bergamo centered on the recovered factories movement in Italy and its links with solidarity economies.

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At 6:41pm on January 13, 2014, Cecilia Montero Mórtola said…

Hello Giovanni,

I was at seminar last friday.

I´m the anthropologist who  aproach to you at the end and told you the joke about the two mothers. Do you remember me now...

Well I work with migration and food, and now recycling, it was borned while I was doing my I would like to know something about it in Italy also as a consequence that you comented ..the rubish with food, the circulation and trasnformation  of it..if you have references or any coments, thanks you.  I enjoyed your conference very much, because also it ilustrated the genders contradiction about the feminity social and self construction..

Many thanks, 



At 2:45pm on September 11, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Another installment, Giovanni. Chapter 6.2.doc
At 4:14pm on August 30, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
It is common, and perhaps normal, especially for students, to seek only the newest and latest materials. Perhaps there is some underlying naive evolutionism that assumes that newer is always better. This "presentism" is rather arbitary and poorly grounded. Surely the merits of work cannot be judged by their date. Of course, to the extent that we are governed by intellectual fads (and anthropology has a great deal to answer for in this regard), we must conform to this month's flavour. But this does not seem to me a very sound way to proceed. So my advice would be to seek relevant material from various periods, and judge them by their merits.
At 3:37pm on August 30, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Caro Giovanni, I was involved in a collective project on coops in India, but this was in the 1980s, and so you might find this material too dated. But here it is: Who Shares? Cooperatives and Rural Development, b D. W. Attwood and B. S. Baviskar, editors, Oxford, Delhi, 1988. Raising Cane: The Political Economy of Sugar in Western India, by Donald W. Attwood, Westview, 1992. Finding the Middle Path: The Political Economy of Cooperation in Rural India, Baviskar and Attwood, editors, Westview, 1995.

Of course there is reference in these volumes to a wider literature on coops. I think the quality of this material is quite high, and Attwood especially has done impressive work.
At 3:12pm on August 30, 2009, Igor Alcyon said…
In fact, I did abused yesterday night while a bit drunk. About the guy toward who I may seems confrontationnal, I think you want to look at what he does here, I think you 'll understand why I was like that. What I do not understand is why I am the only one.
At 8:07pm on August 29, 2009, Igor Alcyon said…
Do you find that my being anonymous resulted in my insulting, or otherwise abusing ? (This is a real question, as I am interested and really respect your views, and I may have done some mistakes).
At 7:39pm on August 29, 2009, Igor Alcyon said…
By the way, I am also quite interseted in non-violent direct action, maybe we could share some resources and ideas.
At 7:07pm on August 29, 2009, Igor Alcyon said…
I appreciate greatly your good-spirited intervention about the name of this network.
Looking forward to hearing more from you.
At 11:26pm on July 22, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Great to see you here, Giovanni. Take a look around and see if we can plot something together. Keith


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