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Food and Drink History Reading Group

Welcome to Food History Reading Group. This reading group is convened by postgraduate students and Postdoctoral researchers in the history department at Warwick. We aim to provide a friendly and inspiring environment to discuss different themes and approaches to food history. We welcome students and scholars from different disciplines to join in our discussion.

We hold sessions once in each month at term times. During each session, one group member will convene the session and lead the discussion.

We look forward to seeing you in our next session. We will use Microsoft Teams to run this reading group during the academic year 20/21. Please email to this address for links: Thank you!

The next event:

Monday 26th April

11.30 to 12.30 BST

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Convenor: Shrikant Botre

In this session, we will talk about the late nineteenth-century Western politics of meat. 

1) Keir Waddington, '"Unfit for Human Consumption": Tuberculosis and the Problem of Infected Meat in Late Victorian Britain', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 77, Number 3, Fall 2003. 


2) Uwe Spiekermann, 'Dangerous Meat? German-American Quarrels Over Pork and Beef 1870–1900', Bulletin of the German Historical Institute| 46 | Spring 2010.

Both articles in different ways elucidate how politics around unwholesome meat was crucial to conceptualising public health agendas in the modern West. Respectively situated in late Victorian Britain and late nineteenth-century German - American conflict, these histories demonstrate how the pathology of meat evolved at the intersection of medical expertise, state bureaucracy, media, and the body. 

17th and 18th of June 2021

Warwick Food History Conference 2021, CFP

You can find our past events here

Credit to Jack Baker@jackhughbaker

Floating grocery

'Floating grocery' ca.1800-1820
/V&A collections

'Morning Coffee' 1739

François Boucher/ Musée du Louvre

Food shop in India. ca.1870s