Visit one of the most beautiful regions in the world while engaging in a 4-week study of the Anthropology of Food, including, socio-cultural differences, diseases associated with contemporary diets, and historical and contemporary approaches to the production of food. Croatia has historically been at the border of the Austro-Hungarian, Venetian and Turkish empires, and we will explore the distinct food traditions in different areas of Croatia. The program will be based in Zagreb, but will include visits to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes (World Heritage Site), Dubrovnik (World heritage Site), Split and Ston (the southern Croatian Adriatic Sea coast), and Istria (the western part of Croatia bordering Italy). Throughout this program, students will visit urban centers, farms, city markets, vineyards, parks, castles, archaeological sites, and historical museums. The academic program will explore the relationships between food and culture, how cultural change and dietary change are related, the strong connection between health and food consumption, and how these themes apply in various settings in Croatia.
USF Professor Roberta Baer is partnering with the Institute for Anthropologic Research which will host the program and provide lectures from Croatian anthropologists. The program will include field research and interviews in different regions visited.
The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands, along with a majority of Croatia's ethnic Serb population. Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998. The country joined NATO in April 2009 and the EU in July 2013.
: Zagreb; 688,000
56,594 square kilometers (21,831 square miles) slightly smaller than West Virginia
: Roman Catholic, Orthodox
Information retrieved from: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/hr.html
This program will spend two days in Dubrovnik, Croatia which sits on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.