Food—in its production, distribution, and consumption—allows an intimate, visceral means of exploring identity. Employing food as a lens, this course examines the history, culture, and political economy of Berlin and Prague, focusing in particular on how each has been shaped by socialist and post-socialist political economies and ideology. Topics will include food vis-a-vis the European Union; ostalgie, the nostalgia for life in the former East Germany and how it is manifest in food; immigration and food; industrial agriculture and recent sustainable alternatives; and the emerging food culture featuring small-scale production of beer, wine, and spirits, bread, cheeses, pastries and meats. Employing contemporary as well as historical perspectives, the course will include lectures by established scholars, visits to museums, markets, restaurants, farms, and cooperatives, wholesale and retail outlets.