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(University of Copenhagen) PhD course: Food, Health and Philosophy in East and West

INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PhD COURSE [ORGANISED IN CHINA]

Food, Health and Philosophy in East and West
interfaces between science, culture and business

NB: New dates: 29 March-8 April 2016

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Food and health traditions have become globalized. On the other hand, diet and health views differ widely around the world and are not determined alone by food availability, health care, technology and science. On the other hand, cultural and philosophical views of nature and the human body are also important. What determines what we eat and how we stay healthy; natural science, culture, philosophy or religion? Is food just fuel for the body machine, or is food ≈ medicine? Can “functional foods” be defined? How does academic food and health sciences relate to business, culture and philosophy of life? The answers vary among different parts of the world. More insights may lead to better communication.

This broadening PhD course aims to give PhD students an improved understanding of the scientific, cultural and philosophical background for specific diet habits and health views. We couple field work (universities, hospitals, food markets, religious sites) with insights into the basics of natural, social and human sciences (the 3 main academic domains). Specifically, we compare some traditions of the Western world with those in the Far East (i.e. China). This makes us aware of the potentials and the limitations of Western scientific thought and its role in diet and health globalization.

The course is highly inter-disciplinary and contains topics from very different disciplines (food science, nutrition, medicine, pharmacology, business, sociology, philosophy, religion). Open-minded, fruitful cross-talks among these different fields aim to support PhD students from the food-health area to place their own scientific topic into a greater methodological perspective.

U-M Beijing Alumni Event to feature LRCCS Faculty Associate

The U-M Alumni Association of Beijing will be hosting a welcome reception for Professor Brian Wu, Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Strategy at U-M Ross Business School and LRCCS faculty associate, and Liz Muller, Director of Global initiatives at Ross. All U-M alumni and friends are welcome at the reception.

Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: SMART Solution Group 中国北京市东城区东四十条94号亮点设计中心5

NO. 94 DONG SI SHI TIAO, FLOOR 5, DONG CHENG, BEIJING, CHINA 100

Website: http://www.design-smart.net