Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures


Project Summary:

I am one of three co-directors for the inaugural project of the Mellon initiative in collaborative research, based at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Project Description:

"Before 'Farm to Table'" uses the pervasiveness of food in everyday life as a window into early modern culture. In the course of this project, participants investigate big questions about the way food participates in and actively shapes human knowledge, ethics, and imagination. We explore such issues as the unevenness of food supply, the development and spread of tastes, and the socially cohesive rituals of eating together. With fresh understandings of a pre-industrial world, this project also gives us purchase on some post-industrial assumptions, aspirations, and challenges.

Project Type:
Funded

Project Role:
Co-director

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United States

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Sep
2017
End Date:
Jun
2021

Funder:
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Collaborator Institution:
Folger Shakespeare Library

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