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Currying Favour with the Empire… in the ERO

It was a revelation to me to find that curry was part of eighteenth century cuisine. I had not seen it in Baker and, my curiosity aroused I looked to the Essex Record Office to see if this phenomena of east meets west was something I could see locally. I…

Reading text automatically

It is now very easy to read (automatically) some text that can be found in a pdf file. For instance, consider the program of the conference we had yesterday – and today – in Rennes > library(pdftools) > scan_pdf <- pdf_text("http://crem.univ-rennes1.fr/Documents/Docs_sem_divers/2017_03_10-11_JJD/JDD_prog.pdf") > cat(scan_pdf) Journées Jeunes Docteurs Programme du jeudi 9…

A forgotten chapter in natural history: the taxidermy of man

By Marieke Hendriksen Having written a book on eighteenth-century anatomical collections, I know a thing or two about historical techniques for preserving (parts of) the human body. As I am interested in natural history collections more generally, I also did some research on the preservation of animal bodies, and even…

The Politic of Nature Conservation in Thailand

The Politic of Nature Conservation in Thailand Karen villagers from Bang Kloy village inside Kang Krachan National Park at the court hearing, September 7, 2016Tension between parks and people has long characterized the trajectory of nature conservation since its inception. On the one end stands nature conservationists who ally themselves…

Issues raised by the implementation of project-based learning in MOOCs (1/4)

Today, we will speak about project-based learning in MOOCs. I designed a MOOC based on this pedagogy and conductive several interviews in order to adress the issues raised by this approach. If you want to get a better understanding of the context surrounding this research, please read the previous blog…

Editing the Recipes Project – 5 Years On

Editorial: This is the second of a series of reflection posts from Recipe Project contributors and editors. By Amanda E. Herbert My first post for the Recipes Project, “Early Modern Comfort Foods,” appeared in March 2013.  At the time, the blog was not quite a year old, but had already…

A Ética nas Políticas Públicas do Património Cultural Imaterial: Entrevista com Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs, em visita à Universidade de Évora (Colégio do Espírito Santo), 13 de Julho de 2016. Fotografia de Ana Carvalho Divulgamos a entrevista com o investigador belga Marc Jacobs, que teve lugar na Universidade de Évora a 13 de Julho de 2016 e foi conduzida por Ana Carvalho[1] e Filipe Themudo Barata[2].…

Project-Based Learning in MOOCs

Exceptionally,  today’s post is in English. It deals with a type of pedagogy that is hardly visible in the MOOC movement, but that deserves more attention than it has received to date: Project-Based Learning. This blog post is an introduction to coming articles on experiences from MOOC learners who registered to…

Mission report : Evaluation of the warm marine air intrusion at the French Antarctic station Dumont d’Urville using water stable isotopes as an atmospheric tracer

The first results of water vapour monitoring at the coastal station Dumont d’Urville will help to link the isotopes records from ice cores to the ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions. During the austral summer 2016-17, an infrared spectrometer monitoring water stable isotopes in the vapour has been deployed by Camille Bréant from LSCE…

A Recipe for Love

The modern world is obsessed with love. Dating, relationships, marriage and sex, are all topics of discussion and advice. Love is all over the media, from relationship advice columns to the latest romantic comedy in the cinema. As it turns out, contemporaries from the early modern period were obsessed with…

Herbal History Research Network: A recipe for collaboration

Anne Stobart outlines the history of the Herbal History Research Network. Need for herbal history research Historical recipes contain many plant ingredients, indeed my own recipe database on seventeenth-century household medicine shows 78% of ingredients were of plant origin.[1] Yet, the range of information and research available about these herbs in…

Recipes for Magic

By Frank Klassen My house was remarkably crowded and had a bit of a holiday feel about it. It was mid-winter and twenty or so students from the University of Saskatchewan had taken up my invitation to try out a procedure and a device described in pre-modern magic manuscripts: molybdomancy…

The Order of Things (2)

By Saskia Klerk, with Sietske Fransen. Over a year ago, Sietske and I started our ongoing series on a Dutch recipe collection BPL 3603, kept in the Leiden UL. We have already learned much about the manuscript and its compiler from examining a number of entries. But, as Sietske showed in…

God in the Recipe

Written by Jana Jackson The diverse uses of an early modern woman’s private space in the home, often termed her “closet,” are reflected in the writing she produced. A good Protestant woman, for example, was encouraged to take notes in her Bible and to also keep a commonplace book containing…

Going Dutch: On research, history, and memory in translation

For my current research on a Dutch text from the late 17th century Moluccas, I identify as a historian in an interdisciplinary project at the Institute of Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Yesterday I was working in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag, with two volumes…

Tales from the archives: Keeping Time in the Victorian Kitchen

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.)…