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Tales from the Archives: A November Feast in Medieval Europe

In September 2016, The Recipes Project celebrated its fourth birthday. We now have over 500 posts in our archives and over 120 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such a wealth of knowledge on recipes.)…

Trajectory of female veterinarians – 5

No one of us specifically worked on the feminization of the veterinary profession. However, in our research on food safety in slaughterhouses (Laure) and on antimicrobial use in livestock (Nicolas), we met female veterinarians who talked with us, yet sometime briefly, about their careers. To illustrate our former note, we have…

The Core and the Gilding: the First Fake Coins in the Western World

Stater, electrum, Phocaea, Ionia, end 7th-mid 6th BC, 16,06g. Obverse, lion head left ; reverse, incuse square (BnF, MMA, Luynes 2655)Lire ce billet en français : L’âme et la tôle : les premiers faux de l’histoire monétaire occidentale The earliest coins struck in the Western world date from the last…

Thomas Whittemore’s manifold narrative

The Bibliothèque byzantine of Collège de France presents the archival collection of Thomas Whittemore (1871-1950), an American multi-specialist—an English professor, an amateur archaeologist, a humanitarian, and a passionate advocate of cultural and art preservation—who was known for leading the preservation...

Reading the “1979 Moment” in the Middle East

    This article is part of the TRAFO series ‘Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop „Reading the ‚1979 Moment‘ in the Middle East“. The workshop is convened by Amir Moosavi and will take place at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin on…

‘Thus it prevails against its time’: distillation and cycles of nature in early modern pharmacy

By Tillmann Taape In past centuries, devoid of freezers and heated greenhouses, the seasons affected medicines as well as foodstuffs. In addition to pickled vegetables and stored grain, early modern people worried about their provisions of healing plants and animal substances. These, too, had their season: many herbs were considered…

“N” for New Habits: New Goods from the New World. Nadia Fernández de Pinedo, Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Studies, Universidad Autonóma, Madrid

“Creoles take a lot of chocolate and atole but much better than the one made by the Indians.” (Translated from Jean de Monségur, 1709, chap. VII) De español y negra, mulata, Casta painting, Andrés de Islas, 1774, oil on canvas, 75 x 54 cm. Madrid, Museo de América, Inv. 1980/03/04De…

Ray Casting and Isovists

 Ray Casting and Isovists¶ The Science Behind Isovists: A Short History¶ Although isovists are considered to have been first set in theory by Benedikt in 1979 [1] (a first mention of them was made by the same author in 1977 [2]), their first appearance in scientific litterature was a paper…

Loading data into SketchUp

3. Loading your data into SketchUp¶ Once you have installed t4su, click on File>Import…. As you click on the available file types, you can notice that several new types of imports are available : You can import geometries : ASCII Grid file types (*.asc) Solene output files (*.cir) WellKnownText (*.wkt) / Comma-Separated Values (*.csv)…

Digital History

In recent years, a shared space has become imperative: in our modern world of data, a revolution is underway in the humanities and social sciences. With the digitization of primary sources, historians are not immune to these changes, particularly historians of the contemporary period whose sources in the future will…

“We are the world”: Music and propaganda in democracy

A few years ago I wrote two research articles on the role of humanitarian songs in the depoliticisation of armed conflicts and the moralisation of international relations at the end of the Cold War.1 On the occasion of the German translation of my article “Reflections on Music and Propaganda” in…

The Early Modern Household and Public Health

For the past few weeks, my classmates and I worked extension on the UoE Baker project, which explores different aspects such as Beauty, Supernatural and Medicine and so on in Margaret Baker’s recipe book. I must say, I am quite proud of our final product and I found the research of how…

Baker’s many Agues

By Abbie Burnett As a class we have been drawing to the end of our recipe books project. Our website exhibition on Margaret Baker’s seventeenth century manuscript has launched, and I am certainly proud of how far we have come and how much we have learnt about the digital world…

The Digital Recipe Project – A Finale!

When i decided to choose The Digital Recipe Project back in the summer when i was deciding what third year modules to take on for this year, I did not think that I was going to grow such a bond with Margaret Baker, a seventeenth-century English housewife. Initially, I was…

Growing Support for Open Access in German-Speaking Countries

As the Austrian Science Fund FWF has been expanding the list of certified publishers eligible for its funding aimed at promoting open access for monograph-scale publications, such as by adding De Gruyter to this category, this appears to be a part of a larger trend of the growing recognition by…

‘& thise will helpe you by the grace of god’ – God in the recipe?

It was not until I spotted multiple mentions of God through Baker’s book, that i began to consider Religion to Baker and her seventeenth-century English society. Multiple questions began to run through my mind that i was itching to find the answers to: Was Margaret Baker very religious? What was…