Artisans of taste and sociability

Research Seminar: 'Artisans of taste and sociability: creative food and beverage dealers in the Italian context'

Speaker: Alessandro Gerosa

16 May 2019, 12.00pm-1.00pm

107-111 Princess Road East, Leicester (Ground Floor SR 008)

Abstract

Nowadays, a trend is observable by which the economic imaginary of the Creative Economy is growingly colonising traditionally labour-intensive and low status jobs. This phenomenon has led, among other things, to a resurgence of craft and artisanal production as potentially creative and cool jobs.

In this talk, through an ethnography of creative artisans and dealers in food and beverage sectors in Milan (Italy), the speaker will explore key features of these creative dealers under this newly formed hybrid economic imaginary: the identity and re-subjectification processes undertaken by micro-entrepreneurs, their practises as dealers of taste and sociability, the “law of value”, and the working conditions that they experience as precarious micro-entrepreneurs.

About the speaker

Alessandro Gerosa is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milan. His main research interests are creative economies, crafts, taste and digital methods.

All welcome, no need to register. Attendants are welcome to bring their lunch.