Joensuu, Finland

The Futures of Daily Bread? Food, Inequality and Utopia

when 5 August 2024 - 9 August 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 500

The course familiarises the students with social factors behind contemporary food inequality, including food (in)security, abundance, food waste, and paradoxes of charitable food assistance. These social factors are discussed within the ethical and theological frameworks of food and eating, as well as planetary, cosmopolitan, and critical theologies, and utopian thought. The theoretical explorations are applied in a practical workshop on alternative food futures. Through critical, analytical, and creative exercises, the students acquire skills to apply utopia as a method and pedagogy. The course includes research literature and expert lectures that engage the students with participatory, ethnographic, and collaborative methodologies on studying food, inequality, and utopia. The course includes an excursion to a local sustainability project.

Course leader

Anna Salonen; contact person Annika Juurikka (

Target group

Bachelor, Master

Credits info

5 EC

Fee info

EUR 500: Course fee. The course fee for UEF partner university students is 400 e
EUR 200: The course fee for exchange students starting at UEF in autumn 2024.


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