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Francesco Della Costa

Francesco Della Costa, PhD


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Hauptfach: Cultural Anthropology

Beschreibung: I am an Italian cultural anthropologist. I obtained a Master degree at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", then I carried out my PhD double degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Naples "l'Orientale" and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. Later, I have been living and working as a researcher in Israel, where I have been enrolled in the Romance Studies department of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in the Sociology and Anthropology department of Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva.

Israeli society is one of my main ethnographic fieldwork and my current research activity is based on the observation of socio-cultural dynamics that take place within the country. More specifically, I am focused on studying the Israeli "foodscape", that is the complex and hybrid network of gastronomic cultures, culinary traditions and food experiences one can go through in Israel. I am analyzing how this foodscape relates to the religious rule system of Kashrut, and how such a relation helps define Israeli cuisine abroad. Indeed, kosher products and restaurants are becoming more and more popular all over Europe, and particularly in Italy, which interests me the most. This phenomenon confirms the importance of the Jewish religious root in defining Israeli contemporary cuisine inside (as a national cuisine) and outside (as an ethnic cuisine) the country.

Additionally, I am interested in the presence of Filipino migrant workers and their Catholic community spread all over Israel. They are a unique minority, since they are non-Jewish Hebrew speakers and non-Arab Christians, but are consistently growing and increasingly getting involved in the Israeli society.

Among my last publications: 

Flores de Mayo in Rehovot. Ritual and rhetorical strategies of Filipinos’ presence in Israel, HAU – Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 10, 2, 2020, pp. 594-612.

Ritual as metaphor, Anthropological Theory, 23, 1, 2023, pp. 3–32.