La dolce vita: slow living in postmodern culture

Wendy Parkins and Geoff Craig, Murdoch University

Pub Talk

Thursdays at the Fremantle Hotel, corner Cliff & High Streets
Presentations start 6.30pm sharp.

16 May 2002


Our presentation will investigate ideas of community and globalisation in relation to two contemporary (and related) phenomena: the rise of the Slow Food/Slow Cities movements; and the proliferation of popular literature on living in Tuscany.

Frances Mayes' best-seller, Under the Tuscan Sun (1996), is probably the most well-known of a recent spate of books - part memoir, travel writing and cookbook - which describe buying, restoring and living in a Tuscan farmhouse as a means of enjoying the good life of conviviality and harmony between nature and culture.

The Slow Food movement was founded in 1989, a few years after food traditionalists unsuccessfully prevented McDonalds from opening a franchise in Rome. The movement now has over 65,000 members who congregate world-wide in 'convivia' to enjoy, promote and preserve local produce and ways of life. In July 2000, the Slow Cities movement was formed and now has 44 member towns and cities, promoting practices which preserve their civic culture and the serenity of everyday life.

We will consider the ways in which both these cultural phenomena represent a response to the speed and dislocatedness of global culture and articulate a desire for authenticity, locatedness and community.

Pub Talk | 2002

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