Body, health and food

Paradigms of sensuality in the Mediterranean

Over the last twenty years our condition as embodied social beings has emerged as a central focus of research. Researchers in this group have as their central focus of research the body both as a focal of point of discursive regimes of control and regulation through paradigms of health as well as the phenomenological ground from which we experience our social worlds.

The Mediterranean has in turn often been re-created as a paradise of primordial health where the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ is often held out in contemporary discourse as a paradigm of healthy living while the Mediterranean has been singled out as a region with a rate of obesity. The duality of the discourse reflects the often ambivalent role that the Mediterranean body has played in the understanding of the region. Researchers in this group develop an interdisciplinary exploration of paradigms of embodiment in the Mediterranean.

Research Area Coordinator

Research Associates
Dr Noel Buttigieg (Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, University of Malta)
Prof. Carmel Cassar (Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, University of Malta)
Dr Anna McElhatton (Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta)
Dr Brenda Murphy (Department of Gender Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta)
Dr Gisella Orsini (Department of Anthropological Sciences, Faculty of Arts,  University of Malta)
Dr Edwina Portanier Brejza (Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, University of Malta)

Research Affiliates 
Prof. Eric Dursteler (Brigham Young University)
Prof. Paolo Militello (Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania)
Dr Costas Tsiamis (University of Athens, Greece)

Dr Daniele Palermo (Università degli Studi di Palermo)

Dr Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection, London, U.K.)