Tales from the Archive

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How do food researchers from different disciplines use archives?

The British Library Conference Centre
Monday 19th November, 2012
10:00 – 16:00

Libby Bishop – Peter Jackson – Stephen Mennell
Anne Murcott – Polly Russell – David Smith – NOVELLA

Imperial War Museum
The recent turn towards the re-use of data in the social sciences means a growing number of food researchers are conducting ‘fieldwork in the archives’ (Brettell, 1998). Making sense of historical data raises a number of methodological questions for social scientists: What historical food data-sets are available and how have they been used for different studies? How do social scientists contextualise historical data in relation to contemporary sources? What can social scientists learn from historians about working with historical data in relation to food? How have social scientists in the past engaged with archives?
Through a series of presentations and audience-led discussion, this day-long workshop will examine the issues raised by the use of archives in social science food research. There will also be an optional tour of the British Library between 4-5pm. If you wish to attend the tour, please ensure that you book a place as well. The event will be of relevance to researchers interested in historical and contemporary food research.

The cost of attendance includes refreshments on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea:

UK registered students – £30 

Staff from UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers, UK registered charitable organisations and government employees – £60 

All other attendees – £120

Places on both the workshop and tour are limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

Registration closes on 2nd November, 2012.

To register please visit our online store: http://store.ioe.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid=122&deptid=112&catid=42

Tales from the Archive is hosted by NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) in collaboration with the British Library. NOVELLA is an ESRC funded, National Centre for Research Methods Phase III node concerned with the everyday habitual practices of families.

Please direct academic enquiries to Abigail Knight (a.knight@ioe.ac.uk) and administrative enquiries to Rowena Lamb (novella@ioe.ac.uk)

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