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Amanda Herbert, ‘Recipes and Research: Approaches to Food, Medicine, Science, and Culture’

2 October, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For our first SCEMS event of the year, we have the honour of hosting Dr Amanda Herbert of the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Tuesday 1 October, Dr Herbert will be speaking at the History Department Research Seminar on the appropriation and incorporation of Atlantic- and Pacific-world foods into seventeenth and eighteenth century British diets (specific title to be confirmed). This is open to all without booking, and will take place in the usual slot at 4.15 in room G.03, Jessop West. She will then deliver a masterclass on Wednesday 2 October, from 10-12, with the title ‘Recipes and Research: Approaches to Food, Medicine, Science, and Culture’ (advanced registration required). Professor Herbert has promised to speak about her own intellectual developmentand work as a scholar, before discussing an electronic resource developed at the Folger called EMMO (early modern manuscripts online) which allows for crowd-sourced transcription of handwritten primary sources. This will provide the opportunity to consider the promises and challenges of this kind of software, how exercises like these can be incorporated into classroom use, public engagement and crowdsourcing, as well as what the recipes themselves can tell us about global foodways in the 17th and 18th centuries. The session will therefore be of interest to a wide audience, including those with an interest in digital humanities as well as early modernists specifically.

Experience of transcription is not necessary as aids will be provided! A short piece of reading will be circulated to attendees prior to the event. Register here.

Attendees are asked to bring laptops with them to the masterclass if possible.


2 October, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies


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