Food, Drink and Social Exchange
My research on historic drinking cultures has featured in newspapers (such as The Times,Link opens in a new window The GuardianLink opens in a new window, Swiss daily Der Bund), radio interviews (on drink statistics for Voice of Russia, the 'history of the picnic' for German station SWR 2 or the FEAST! festival on BBC Radio CWR) , TV programmes (like the Australian 'Who do you think you are?' with Marta Dusseldorp, filmed at a Swiss inn), online magazines (The ConversationLink opens in a new window) and public lectures (e.g. at Saarbrücken / Germany, Budapest / Hungary, Henan University / China or a History Festival at the Warwick Arms Hotel).
I helped to found the Drinking Studies Network and edited a survey work on early modern food culture. From 2014-18, I co-hosted the 'Summer University in Food & Drink Studies' of the European Institute for the History & Cultures of Food (IEHCA) at Tours / France and, in 2021, became the academic lead of Warwick's 'Food Cultures' research priority, where we organize webinars and other outreach activities.
From November 2021 to April 2022, I co-organized the FEAST! theme in the University's Resonate Festival for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, featuring a series of Feast Food Festival videos examining celebratory dishes / drinks from the perspectives of producers, restaurateurs and researchers. A highly successful 'church ale' staged in partnership with My-Parish & St John the Baptist, Berkswell (25-26 March 2022) will be followed by the panel debate 'Rethinking Hospitality' on 20 April. The initiative attracted broad media coverage in Coventry and beyond.