Ken Albala, History, was invited to Oregon State University for a week in November to give three public lectures as Horning Visiting Professor. They were on the topic of Growing Food, Cooking Food and Sharing Food and will be published by the University Press. He also a guest lecturer in four classes: Food History, Philosophy and the Arts, Science Writing and Anthropology of Food. Albala was also invited to address the International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan, Italy.
Faculty Publish and Present
Gesine Gerhard had her article "Food as a Weapon: Agricultural Sciences and the Building of a Greater German Empire" published in Food, Culture & Society (volume 14, 3, 2011).
Tomomi Kinukawa will have her article "Science and Whiteness as Property in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic World: Maria Sibylla Merian's Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (1705)" published in Journal of Women's History (Volume 24, 3, 2012).
Caroline Cox commented on a panel called "States of Disability" on disabled veterans in the early American Republic at the conference of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic, in July in Philadelphia. She also gave a talk on George Washington and the Continental Army at the Mount Vernon Teachers' Institute at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Jennifer Helgren presented her paper "Re-Imagining the Enemy: Youth and Gender in the Reconstitution of Peace, 1945-1959" at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in June.
Tomomi Kinukawa will have her article "Natural History as Entrepreneurship: Maria Sibylla Merian's Correspondence with J.G. Volkamer II and James Petiver" published in the fall issue of the Archives of Natural History. She also presented her paper "Queering the Civil Rights Movements in Japan: the Zainichi-Korean and Transgender Activisms in the 1970s-1990s" at Berkshire Conference on the History of Women in Amherst, MA.
Ken Albala had the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia published this May by Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, to be followed soon after by Food and Faith by Columbia University Press, and A Cultural History of Food: The Renaissance by Berg, both essay collections. In addition, he has had several articles and book chapters published: "The Ideology of Fasting in the Reformation Era" in The Lord's Supper, ed. Ken Albala and Trudy Eden; "Food for Healing: Convalescent Cookery in the Early Modern Era" in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Special Issue; "Religious Customs, Influence on Diet" in the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, 3rd edition; "Perceptions of Changing Global Meal Patterns Among Food Scholars" in the conference proceedings of the 18th Annual Ethnological Food Research Conference in Turku, Finland; "Cookbooks as Sources for Food History" in Handbook of Food History, ed. Jeffrey Pilcher; and "Historical Models" in the book Royal Taste, ed. De Vooght. Lastly, Albala will have his textbook Three World Cuisine published by AltaMira in fall 2011.
Edie Sparks presented "Fashioning a Marketing Magnet: Tillie Lewis and the Tillie Lewis Food Company, 1940s-1970s" at the Business History Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in April. She has been invited to present this same paper in a workshop titled "Managing Women: The Challenges of Intertwining Gender and Business History" at the 2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women in Amherst, Massachusetts in June.
Marisela Ramos, Jennifer Helgren, and Tomomi Kinukawa joined with Marcia Hernandez (Sociology) and Corrie Martin (Women's Center) to participate in a panel, "Pedagogy Repossessed: The Perils of (Not) Teaching about Racism and Sexism," at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference in Claremont, California. The participants, who discussed the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning ethnic studies, acknowledge the support of the Assistant Provost of Diversity, Gender Studies Program, Ethnic Studies Program, and the Women's Center in sponsoring their participation in the panel.
Gregory Rohlf presented "International Voluntary Service and the Philippines: Milestones, Motives, and Meaning" at the joint conference of the Association for Asian Studies and The International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 31-April 3, 2011
Caroline Cox presented her paper "Drummer Boys: War, Work, and Family in the American Revolution" at the John Carter Brown Library seminar in Providence, RI on March 2, 2011.
Dr. Ramos Receives Year-Long Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Marisela Ramos was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship for 2011-2012 to work on her manuscript, "Black Mexico: Nineteenth-Century Discourses of Race and Nation." This prestigious award is given to support "outstanding individuals and institutions to help reshape American education." Dr. Ramos began teaching Latin American History at Pacific in 2007. The fellowship will allow her to spend a year transforming her dissertation into a publishable book, which will fill a gap in the existing scholarship regarding nineteenth-century Afro-Mexican history. To date, no book-length manuscript has been published on this topic. Learn more
Dr. Albala to Edit New Food Series
Ken Albala signed on as general editor of a new food series entitled AltaMira Studies in Food and Gastronomy. Three titles have been contracted thus far, and plans are in place to publish academic monographs, textbooks and reference works as well as popular trade press books on all aspects of food.
Faculty Presentations in U.S. and Europe
Gregory Rohlf presented his paper, "Leisure and City Planning on New China's Borderlands" at the Chinese History in Geographical Perspective Conference, held at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in February 2011.
Caroline Cox presented her paper "The Continental Army: New Directions in Scholarship" at the Chicago Conference on the American Revolution in February.
Gesine Gerhard presented a paper on agrarian policies in Nazi Germany at the conference "Fascism and Agriculture" in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Dr. Albala Presents Internationally Over Winter Break
Ken Albala presented three papers over winter break: "Experiential Research in Culinary History: Reconstructing 16th century Techniques" at Les modes de caisson alimentaire du feu originel à la vaposaveur (Tours, France); "Beams and Bones, Architecture and Cuisine" at Food: Convergence and Divergence in Europe (Brussels); and "In toto corde vestro in ieiunio et in fletu et in planctu: The role of public humiliation and fasting in early modern disaster" at the American Historical Association (Boston).
In addition, in a recent article by prominent literary critic Robert Appelbaum, the author stated that Ken Albala "is coming to occupy the position of one of America's few great food historians." In "The Comestible Commodity, Subject of History" Appelbaum analyzes several books on food history, including two by Professor Albala: Beans: A History and Pancake: A Global History. The article appears in Clio, a Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History (2010;39:2). Dr. Albala has published 10 books on food and food history, with more on the way.
Dr. Gerhard Presents at Rural History Conference in the UK
Gesine Gerhard presented her paper "The Image of the Peasant in Germany History" at the 2010 Rural History Conference in Brighton, UK.
Dr. Albala Presents Paper on Changing Global Meal Patterns
Ken Albala presented a paper "Perceptions of Changing Global Meal Patterns Among Food Scholars" to the 18th International Ethnological Food Research Conference in Turku, Finland in August 2010. The paper was based on research drawn from his forthcoming four-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia to be published by Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO in 2011.
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