I came across the fifth annual gender conference of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (April, 2007) while writing my dissertation earlier this year. It’s no surprise that food and gender were chosen as topics of study for the conference; the institute’s Schlesinger Library boasts one of the largest cookbook and culinary collections in the world. That it’s Harvard explains why the conference featured a veritable who’s who of luminaries in the food and social history fields – Warren Belasco, Amy Bentley, Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Carole Counihan, Kathy Peiss, Laura Shapiro, and Peter Stearns to name a few. The institute offers video footage of the conference online here.
I came across the Radcliffe link again while organizing my massive lists of bookmarks and thought I’d share it and other helpful links I’ve come acrosss in the way of feminist food studies and ecofeminism. I’m still working on a way to streamline all of these resources in some coherent fashion with the new site design. If you know of any other pertinent and helpful online links, please post ‘em in the comments below.
Bibliographies and Collections
Feminist Food Studies Bookshelf: My somewhat rudimentary list of some of the most prominent works in the field of feminist food studies.
U.S. Census Bureau, Historical Poverty Tables: Includes the years 1959 – 2006 and distinguishes by family relationship and race; useful in examinations of poverty, food and gender studies.
The University of Pennsylvania offers an online bibliography of works by women on women and food.
Virginia Tech offers a historical list and brief bios of published women cookbook authors.
Feeding America: The Michigan State University project features an “online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The digital archive includes page images of 76 cookbooks from the MSU Library’s collection as well as searchable full-text transcriptions. This site also features a glossary of cookery terms and multidimensional images of antique cooking implements from the collections of the MSU Museum.”
About.com’s collection of historical cookbooks: Includes historical recipes, bio on Fannie Farmer and very brief list of other historical cookbooks.
Middle Tennesee State University offers a more comprehensive women’s culinary history bibliography here.
The Ecofeminism Bibliography: Last updated in June, 2008; the site also offers links to other ecofeminist writers and an online archive of its now out-of-print ecofeminist journal.
Media & Images
Duke University’s Emergence of Advertising Collection: The database features more than 9,000 advertising publications from 1850 – 1920, including ads for food and kitchen products.
Ad*Access: Includes more than 7,000 images and advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955 in five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
Sociological Images: Founded by two women with PhDs in sociology, the site examines and critiques images in the media and in advertising for their social implications.
AdClassix: Includes a good selection of midcentury vintage grocery ads.
Livejournal Vintage Ads: Open community where registered members post vintage ad images.
Food & Weight
PBS American Experience Miss America: Includes a list of winners of the Miss America pageant from the pageant’s start in 1921 through 2002, and lists their ages, heights, weights and measurements, allowing researchers to better gauge prevailing beauty standards of a given time in twentieth century American history.
The Body Project: Bibliography offered by Bradley University on women and beauty and weight standards.
Feminism and Weight Bibliography: Offered by the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.