Poster: Ron Mader, What is a recipe? #roofdog
Publisher’s Note: Turning our preview into a recap of the Virtual Conversation on ‘What is a Recipe?’ held June 2 to July 5, 2017, hosted by The Recipe Project. Kudos for inspired, inclusive and open participation!
The Recipes Project is a DH/HistSTEM blog devoted to the study of recipes from all time periods and places. Our readership and contributors highlight the growing scholarly and popular interest in recipes. Over the five years that the RP has been running, our authors have continued to revisit one key question: what exactly is a recipe? How do we know one when we see one? What is their structure? What functions do recipes serve? How are they shared and passed on? Are they a set of instructions, a way of life, or a story? Aspirational or frequently used? Prose, poem, or image? The list could go on!
And the question becomes even more complicated when we consider the ways that social media creates new and innovative formats for conversations about recipes, across disciplines, academic/non-academic boundaries, and the world. At the RP, we’ve found that blogging is a wonderful way for recipes scholars to share their work and interests, but we recognize its limits as static text.
Introducing the Virtual Conversation
We would like to invite you – whatever your background – to join us in our first Recipes Project Virtual Conversation, which will take place across a series of online events over the course of one month (June 2 to July 5).
In between these panels, we’ll host a series of virtual events during which we flood social media with images, texts, and conversations about ‘What is a Recipe?’The month-long event will be framed by two more traditional panels of speakers. The first, “Repast and Present: Food History Inside and Outside the Academy,” will be convened at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in June. The second will be held in the UK in July, and will feature all of the RP’s editors. We’ll record these two panels and post them online for discussion.
Are you a visual person who loves Pinterest or Instagram? Or do you prefer the brevity and playfulness of Twitter? Do you use recipes in historical re-enactment, or try to reconstruct historical recipes in the lab? Are you a knitter who uses old patterns? Whether you’re a recipes scholar, or a recipes enthusiast, there is a place for you in our conference.
During the Virtual Conversation, we will be collecting and archiving presentations for a post-event exhibition site.
Types of Participation
We are open to any form of online presentation on the topic of ‘What is a Recipe?’ You might use Twitter for poems, stories, or essays… Or Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat for photo-essays… Or YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook Live for videos… Or a blog forum… Or you might have another brilliant idea, which we’d love to hear!
Participation is open to ALL, whether you decide to present or to simply join the discussion.
How to Participate
Please register your interest in participating by contacting Recipes Project editors Lisa Smith and Laurence Totelin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 April 2017.
In your email, please indicate your activity, medium, and (if any) preferred dates between 2 June and 5 July. In the interests of open participation, we are not vetting abstracts.
But in your application, please be detailed, because this will help us as we organise online activities, find participants, and ensure that we have permission to reproduce work on our exhibition site. Some virtual technical support may also be possible, depending on your needs.
Why is open participation a priority?
What sort of technical support will be available for participants?
How do you translate ‘What is a recipe?’ in other languages?
What can we learn about ‘open’ and ‘openness’ in this conference?
Are there any connections to Open Education Week? Year of Open?
What is DH/HistSTEM?
DH = Digital Humanities; HistSTM = History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Artwork / Cue Yourself
— Historical Recipes (@historecipes) July 6, 2017
That was one of the reasons we wanted a virtual conf: so many of our readers aren't academic & are geographically dispersed. #recipesconf
— Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) July 6, 2017
— laurence totelin (@ltotelin) July 6, 2017
— Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) March 14, 2017
— Historical Recipes (@historecipes) March 14, 2017
— Amanda E. Herbert (@amandaeherbert) June 3, 2017
— Historical Recipes (@historecipes) July 13, 2017