Baltic Summer School of Anthropology 2022: Global-to-Local Food chains: Food Sovereignty and Climate Change

Duration of the project

01.06.2022. - 15.10.2022.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Stradiņš University Riga
Latvian Association of Anthropologists
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Vytautas Magnus University
University of Tartu

Project manager

Dr. André Thiemann

Aims of the project

The Sixth Baltic Summer School of Anthropology (BSSA) is organised by Riga Stradins University with the Latvian Association of Anthropologists. The theme is Global-to-local food chains: Food sovereignty and climate change. 40 undergraduate and postgraduate students present their research, attend seminars by international lecturers and participate in small-group fieldwork with actors along the food chain like farmers, activists and artists from Cesis. BSSA strengthens the participants’ practical knowledge and strategic thinking about the nexus between climate crisis and food sovereignty. Social Anthropologists from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany and beyond network and initiate future collaborations.

Since 2013, BSSA has become a central biannual event for the regional development of anthropology. This year, it concentrates on food from farm to fork, a relevant topic considering recent events in Ukraine, Europe’s bread basket. The innovative food chain concept allows to study such timely global issues comparatively.

Main activities of the project

All of the activities will take place in Rucka Art Residency Cesis, Latvia and in different anthropological fieldwork locations around Cesis parish. If the Covid19 situation worsens, the program will be held online.

Main activities:

  • Seminars, lectures, and panel discussions
  • Student fieldwork
  • Student group presentations in accordance with the main topic of the summer school
  • Informal gatherings and networking at the end of each day
  • Local excursions and a networking slot reserved for the guest speakers

Target group of the project

Direct target group: Baltic, German, and other participants, both students and lecturers, that take part in the conference (50-70 people, based on the experience from last years). Additionally, relevant food producers, policy–makers and NGO representatives from the wider Cesis area that participate as interlocutors in the student fieldwork (up to 20 people).


The indirect target group of the project: 1) subscribers to the mailing list of the Latvian Association of Social Anthropologists (~350 people) and followers on Facebook (~990 people) distinctly people in Latvia interested in activities and topics of anthropology; 2) other social scientists and students interested in issues related to food chains; 3) policy makers and NGO representatives (~20 people); It is a great possibility to work on the image of social anthropology in the wider population of the region, some of which might in turn study anthropology in future.