P7300170Kelemendi July 2004 (608)10NIC_98469DSC09730

78Castelmezzano 29 e 30 aprile 2003 010080035Monte Caperrino 25 maggio 2003 042Albania

 

RESEARCH THEMES

 

·       Ethnobotany and Ethnobiology: LEK/TEK (local/traditional environmental knowledge) systems related to “wild” foods and medicines: folk perception, categorization, uses, and management of local resources

·       Cultural Ecology and Environmental Anthropology: cross-cultural, cross-regional/border, and diachronic analyses of “wild” plant uses; cultural adaptation processes; resilience of LEK/TEK and sustainability

·       Intangible Cultural Heritage: knowledge and practices concerning nature; strategies and tools for revitalizing them

·       Traditional Foods: food ingredients and preparations perceived as “healthy” (food-medicines); fermented plant foods

 

 

STUDY AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

 

·       Cultural boundaries, minorities groups, and diasporas in the Greater Middle East (Balkans, Caucasus, Kurdistan, Pashtūnistān), the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe – with a particular interest in mountain pastoralist systems

·       Migrants and “newcomers” in Western Europe

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECTIONS/RELEVANCE

 

·       Food sovereignty and sustainable rural development

·       Local communities-centred strategies of biodiversity conservation

·       Management of bio-cultural heritage

·       Food security and novel foods based upon traditional foods

·       History of plant use