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Food and Ideological Extremism: Philosophical and Empirical Dimensions 

Tuesday 5 February 2020
Università degli Studi di Milano, 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. 

Organized by Matteo Bonotti and Andrea Borghini. 



Chair: Laura Prosperi (Università di Milano-Bicocca) 

Andrea Borghini (Università Statale di Milano); Matteo Bonotti (Monash University) Introduction


Chair: Francesca Mastrovito (Eataly) 

Bernhard Forchtner (University of Leicester)

Food for Volk: “The Politics of Soil” in the German Extreme Right Today 


Chair: Beatrice Serini (Università degli Studi di Milano) 

Balsa Lubarda (Central European University, Budapest)

War on the “Superfoods”? The Nexus of Far Right Ecologism and Food Nativism 

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

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

Luís Cordeiro Rodrigues (Hunan University, Changsha, Cina)

Animal and Racial Justice 

15:30 - 16:30

Chair: Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimora)

Federico Zuolo (Università degli Studi di Genova) 

Food, Moral Integrity and Radicalism in Animal Rights Movements




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 “Book manuscript workshop”) and wait for a confirmation answer.


For information: Andrea Borghini (


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