Tasting History:Biscuits, Culture, and National Identity

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    This project aims to prioritise the role of taste in history by mapping how cultural heritage has driven nation building in Australia through the example of food. Scholarly research on the sense of taste is a significant area of critical historical inquiry. This project will develop a novel approach in a comparative study of the significance of biscuit consumption from colonial expansion to militarism; among other sources, it explores cookbooks and recipe archives as documents that underpin cultural heritage. In addition to historical analysis, this project will yield cultural, health, and environmental benefits in Australia that intersect with international debates about the sociocultural ramifications of food politics and food sovereignty. This project commenced at UNSW in 2019 and was transferred to ANU in 2022.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date22/04/1931/12/23

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$44,553.00

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