Massimo Montanari is one of the leading experts in Food History and Culture and plays an essential role in the popularization of scientific research to the general public. Massimo is currently professor of Medieval History at the University of Bologna in Italy. He has been invited as visiting professor to many leading universities in Europe, Japan, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Massimo is a consultant and contributor to the publishing house Laterza. He was among the founders of the magazine “Food & History,” published by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (Tours), and was its director until 2008. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the same IEHCA. In 1997 he founded, together with colleagues from other Italian universities, the “Centre of Studies on the history of the countryside and peasant labor,” based in Montalcino (Siena), of which he is the president. In 2001-2002 at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bologna, opened a Master in History and culture of food (Storia e Cultura dell´Alimentazione), later transformed into a European Master, carried out in collaboration with the University of Tours (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium).
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