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The panel aims at exploring potentialities of a multidisciplinary cooperation in researching rural contexts in their relationships with cultural heritage issues and in discussing the very idea of rural and territorial development.
Multidisciplinary clusters applied to new fieldworks or to more 'classic' issues are increasingly considered. This panel aims to debate, through concrete case studies and good practices, researches and educational examples focusing on rural sustainable development. Our panel is directed to anthropologists who are presently working to ethnographies in the countryside and with rural and peasant communities, on processes of heritagization of rurality, on interactions between local communities and public policies - EU policies as well as National and Regional policies (i.e. LEADER approach, CAP, specific regional policies and strategies)- in a challenging cooperation with other disciplines and scholars like geographers, rural economists, agrarians, environmentalists, zoologists, and so on. The objective of the panel is to discuss, methodologies as well as constructive frameworks to redefine the very idea of territorial and rural development across last decades, with especial reference to the European local agriculture, neo-endogenous local development and "new peasantries", didactical and social agriculture and rural activities, short supply chains, food embeddedness in the 'terroir' as an added value in the relative food, handcraft and tourism markets. Working on 'rural Europe' today has to deal with the effects of globalization in the countryside, the demographic change, the role of State and bureaucracy, new social actors and markets embedded in the fieldwork, EU-policies frameworks, new challenges like climate change and increasing pollution and new processes of heritagization of peasant knowledge-practice systems. This is considerably rescaling the ethnographic fieldwork and its objects/subjects of research as well as its methodologies.