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Free Online Course: The Politics and Diplomacy of Cooking and Hospitality

Online Course
Grenoble, France
24 January, 2017 - 3 March, 2017

Diplomacy and hospitality are similar in many ways: they bring people from various cultural and social origins together, and make them temporarily equal.

In national and international politics, the ritual of meal preparation can help mitigate potentially contentious relationships – or initiate a long series of feuds. Table manners can be the source of pride and distinction. Taste is an inexhaustible topic of conversation and debate. Moreover, the art of seating, serving and addressing guests according to their importance – far from being outdated – is still important in today’s globalised world.

We should not take all this for granted, though. Why do we have so much culinary diversity? Recipes and means of reception are designed by cultures rather than dictated by nature. They are as much markers of local identity, as they are a sign that we all belong to the same global civilization.

Discover how cooking and hospitality reflects politics

This free online course will help you understand the ethnological and diplomatic implications behind the culinary arts and how to properly host guests.

Developed jointly by the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and Grenoble Ecole de Management, the course will use diverse examples from around the world, plus the work of historians, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientists, to highlight the role of hospitality in national and international politics.

Gain insights into cultural and intercultural issues

Through the course, you will:

  • gain a better understanding of politics through the study of interpersonal relationships;
  • deepen your knowledge of diplomacy and learn more about hospitality as an exercise in atonement;
  • gain insights into cultural and intercultural issues, and how mundane tasks can affect the vision people have of the world, or help them learn the basics of national and international cooperation or competition;
  • compare various lifestyles, and surprising cultural practices and habits;
  • become familiar with the use of soft power in “gastrodiplomacy” or “culinary diplomacy”
  • and broaden your vision of the business of hospitality.

This course is primarily designed for those who want to understand why we are so obsessed with food, and what actually happens when we invite friends to eat or drink, or accept to be their guests.

It will be particlarly useful for those who plan to study or work in the culinary and hotel management fields; those who already work in these fields, and want to deepen their understanding of these issues; and those who study humanities, social sciences, biology and nutrition, and want to enhance their knowledge of the social ties and potential conflicts that stem from food.


Institute for Peace and Dialogue - 10 Days International Winter Program

Institute for Peace and Dialogue
Baar , Switzerland
17 February, 2017 - 26 February, 2017

Main Goals of the Winter Programs

The main goal of the 10 days Winter Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives from state institutions, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through academic trainings in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue fields.

The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the skills of the researchers via academic trainings, reading materials, Supervisor guidance and closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutions.

Timetable of 10 Days Winter Academy

- Arriving & Registration of Participants (Hotel registration starts after 14:00am): 17 February, 2017

- Opening Ceremony & Welcome Grill Party: 17 February, 2017 at 19:00pm - 21:30pm

- Breakfast Time: 07:00am - 09:00am

- Morning Workshops Period: 09:00am - 12:30am

- First Break Time: 10:30am - 11:00am

- Lunch Time: 12:30am - 14:00pm

- Afternoon Workshops Period: 14:00pm - 16:45pm

- Second Break Time: 15:30pm - 15:45pm

- Dinner Time: 18:30pm - 20:00pm

- Certification of WA Participants & Farewell Grill Party: 26 February, 2017 at 12-30am - 14.00pm

- Departure of WA Participants (Hotel departure till the 12:00am): 26 February, 2017

- Half day classes: 21 and 26 February, 2017 till the 12.30am

Intercultural Exchange:

Participants from different world countries with various race and religions will bring national clothes, drinks, foods, sweets, souvenirs, flags and etc. things to introduce national and cultural values with each other and share local habits and traditions during the Winter Academy.

Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is an independent, international non-profit and non-religious institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland. IPD dedicates itself to the promotion of prevention of potential conflicts between and within states, companies and communities by strengthening institutional dialogue, mediation and academic education with the participation of civil societies, INGOs, business and state institutions. To achieve its purposes, IPD providing its beneficiaries with academic-scientific programs (MA programs, summer academies, seminars, conferences, forums and exhibitions), educational materials and carrying out mediation initiatives.