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Reading Early Modern Recipes in a Digital Age - Day 1

When: Friday, September 2, 2022, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Online


Reading Early Modern Recipes in a Digital Age is an online interdisciplinary two day workshop funded by the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. We aim to bring together academics and independent researchers to discuss the overlap between scholarship, making food, and making media. And then we want to actually make some food and media!

Timetable Day 1 

1:00 - 2:00 pm Welcome; explanation of workshop; questions 


2:00 - 2:45 pm ​​Interconnections in time 

“Crossing boundaries of time, form, and taste:” professional chefs and their historical inspirations in Poland, Ewelina Sikora

Experimenting with period authentic gluten free alternatives in Tudor cookery, Brigitte Webster

In Search of Lost Thyme: The limitations in and of seeking authenticity, Ailsa Maxwell and Joseph Kelly

2:45 - 3:15 pm Interconnections in place

Traces of Portuguese Cuisine in Modern West Bengal, Devin Creed

Recreating Macanese cuisine, reportedly the world’s first fusion food born of Portuguese Discoveries, Kaian Lam

3:15 - 3:30 pm Break 

3:30 - 4:15 pm Reading Recipes: Medicine, Race, the Household

 “Seeth not your sugar…for that will make it black”: Sanitising Sugar in Early Modern Receipt Books, Bethan Davies

"'A Sweet Apple': Inducing Menstruation with an Edible Medicine”, Julia Martins

Chickpeas, Eggs, and Goat's Hooves: Aphrodisiac Recipes from 14th Century Cairo, Leonie Rau

4:15 - 5:00 pm How and Why to Work on Recipes Today 

Baroque Culinary Art – Today, Marlene Ernst   

Recipes and Public History, Anna Fielding

Domestic Knowledge: Early Modern Recipes and Classroom Community During Pandemic Times, Stephanie Koscak & Kyle Denlinger

5:00 - 5:15 pm Break  

5:15 - 5:45 pm Digital Food 

The Digital Thesis: Recording Culinary Research in a Digital Age, Florence Swan

Savouring the Aura: Food, Digital Savour and Authenticity, Sonakshi Srivastava

6:00 - 7:00 pm Virtual Reception; breakout room discussion (divided up based on what everyone said they wanted to work on).

About the Workshop

Reading Early Modern Recipes in a Digital Age Bios and Abstracts 2-3 September 2022 [DOC 37KB]

Zoom links will be circulated by email.  For more information please contact Dr Clio Doyle (School of English and Drama) via email.

The workshop will be recorded and circulated for anyone who is not able to make it.

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