Marino Niola, a journalist and anthropologist of the contemporary, was born in Naples in 1953. He has taught at the Università degli Studi di Napoli as well as universities in Padua and Trieste, where, in 1999, he was one of the founders of the first Italian degree in Intercultural Sciences and Technologies. At the Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli, where he is professor Anthropology of Symbols, Cultural Anthropology and Nutritional Anthropology, he created the Master's in Traditions and Cultures of Mediterranean Nutrition, to which he was also scientific coordinator. In 2015, with the anthropologist Elisabetta Moro and the MedEatResearch, he reworked the traditional Universal Pyramid of the Mediterranean Diet, extending to social practice. He dedicates part of his research to the relationship between tradition and change in contemporary society, the processes of globalisation and localism that inspire the symbols, mythologies and imaginaries of the 'glocal' village. A popular science commentator for Italian, French and Swiss television and radio, he is a columnist for "Repubblica" and in the magazine "Venerdì di Repubblica" he has the "Miti d'oggi" column; he also works with "Le Nouvel Observateur", "Il caffè" di Locarno and "Il Mattino" in Naples.
(photo: © Giliola Chistè)