• Our work has so far inspired various academic research papers, doctorate dissertations, university courses and case studies in books and articles.

Here are a few of them:

See more innovative design projects, related to the Bread Houses Network (Dough-Nations; Bread for Peace Toolkit; Mobile Bread House) on Raymond Olive’s website:

  • The Princeton University David Gardner Magic Grant 2013 was awarded to the Mobile Bread House project, envisioned by Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova and designed and executed by Raymond Olive, MS and Pete Abrams.
  • The University of Massachusetts-Amherst won a Mellon Foundation Digital Humanities grant to fund the development of an undergraduate course, entitled “Gender and Bread: Embodied Gender Online, offered for the first time in Fall 2013 by Dr. Leda Cooks, professor of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“The course’s goal is to bring together the study of gender, culture, identity, and new social movements with the material practices of organizing, cooking, and sharing bread with others in the community. Students in the course will learn about the various ways food and bodies intersect with identities, technologies, and politics by working online and offline to build a local Bread House, linked to the global BREAD Movement (Bridging Resources for Ecological and Art- based Development) pioneered by the Bread Houses Network. Through readings that explore the private and public political practices of cooking, eating and feeding others around the world, the class will consider the symbolic meanings and attachments to place, body, labor, emotion, production and consumption, as well as the very material connections to the same.This class presents an unusual site to analyze food production, which is a traditionally done by women, and technology use which, research shows, is largely accessible to and more frequently used by men than women globally. At the same time, participating in the BREAD Movement offers a unique entry into bridging the humanities with activism and gendered limitations of community-based organizing.”

One of the tangible, long-term goals of the course was to work toward the initiation of a BREAD House in the Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts, and the result is the Pioneer Valley Bread House, an on-going active group of students, professors and community members who organize community baking events with the Theater of Crumbs method of the Bread Houses Network, reaching out to various isolated groups and communities, from a shelter for war veterans to various ethnic minorities.

Savova-Grigorova, N. 2016. “Sensory Houses: Cross-sensorial Learning in the Anthropology of Development for all Ages”, in F.Murphy (ed.), Evolving Humanity – Emerging Worlds: Towards an Anthropology of Sustainability?. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Savova, Nadezhda. Doctorate Dissertation (Princeton University, Cultural Anthropology Department, 2013), “Bread and Home: Global Cultural Politics in the Tangible Places of Intangible Heritage” (350 pages)

Savova, N. 2011 b. “The Living (Bread) Houses Network: (fish) nets, nodules, platforms”, 229-247 in Networks: The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century, edited by Biserka Cvjeticanin. Paris: UNESCO.

Savova, N. 2011 a. “Arm’s Length and ‘Hand-shake’ Policies: Community Arts Alternatives to Outcome-based Development (Insights from Brazil, Bulgaria, and South Africa)”, in Special Double Issue of Culture and Local Governance on “Culture and Sustainable Communities”, Vol. 3, No. 1-2, pp. 29-41.Guest editors: Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal; M. Sharon Jeannotte, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa.

  • Yakova, Lilia. Doctoral Dissertation. Purdue University, Brian Lamb School of Communication, 2016, “Communicating to oppress and liberate, reproduce and transform: A study of food insecurity as a material-discursive system” (287 pages).
  • Doncheva, Yana. Master Thesis. The University of Edinburgh, MA Sustainable development with Social anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, College of Humanities and Social Science, 2016, “Bread baking and social sustainability. “We knead in order to bond closer together” “.

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