CHORD Conference - Food and Beverages:Retailing Distribution and Consumption in Historical Perspective 7 & 8 September 2011 - University of Wolverhampton, UK

Programme for the 8 September 2011


Parallel sessions
9.00-10.00 Registration and coffee

Parallel sessions

Family businesses

  • Paul Cleave, University of Exeter, UK, ‘Twentieth century cafe society – eating out on holiday: a case study of Devon’
  • Rengenier Rittersma, Saarland University, Germany,‘Creating gastronomic celebrity: a case study on the role of the Piedmontese family Morra in the marketing of the white truffle of Alba (1930-1960)

Food technologies

  • Josie Freear, University of Leeds, UK, ‘Marks and Spencer: a ‘revolutionary hygienic code’ in food supply, distribution and retailing?’
  • Fredrik Sandgren, Uppsala University, Sweden, ‘An easy sell? The introduction of a deep frozen food system in Sweden 1945-1970’

Abstracts for parallel sessions 10.00-11.00

11.00-11.30 Coffee

Parallel sessions

Gendering the retail and consumption of alcohol in comparative perspective

Session convenor: Deborah Toner, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK

  • Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin, Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, UK, ' "Discords have arisen and brotherly love decreased": the spatial and material contexts of the guild feast in early modern London'
  • Mark Hailwood, University of Warwick, UK, ‘Rethinking men’s consumption of alcohol in the early modern English alehouse’
  • Deborah Toner, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK, ‘Closing time for machismo? Reassessing the gender dynamics of alcohol consumption in nineteenth-century Mexico’

Individualism and the state 

  • D'Maris Coffman, University of Cambridge, UK, ‘Anticipating the state: reassessing the ‘old’ English excises and the development of brewing in England
  • Stéphane Le Bras, University of Paul-Valery, Montpellier III, France, ‘Being the middlemen: wine wholesaling in Languedoc in the twentieth century. A dominating activity between restructuration and integration (1900-1960)’
  • Adrian R. Bailey, University of Exeter, UK, ‘Regulating the supermarket in 1960s Britain: exploring the changing relationship of food manufacturers and retailers through the Cadbury archive’

Abstracts for parallel sessions 11.30-13.00

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Parallel sessions


Chair: Alison Toplis, University of Wolverhampton, UK

  • Alessia Menghin, St Andrews University, UK, ‘At the table of Piero, a Florentine civic employee in the Quattrocento’
  • Carolina Román Ramos, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, ‘Consumption patterns and its determinants during the first half of the 20th century: a historical and comparative approach’
  • Ros Watkiss, University of Wolverhampton, UK, ‘ “Popping to the Corner”: grocery shopping in the post-war Black Country’

Foreign cuisine

Chair: Richard Hawkins, University of Wolverhampton, UK

  • Sabina Bellofatto, University of Zurich, Switzerland, ‘ “Buon appetito Svizzera!” The consumption history of the Italian cuisine in post-war Switzerland’
  • Jonathan Morris, University of Hertfordshire, UK, ‘Making Italian espresso, making espresso Italian’
  • Eva Maria von Wyl, University of Zurich, Switzerland, ‘Ready to eat! American eating habits in postwar Switzerland’

Abstracts for parallel sessions 14.00-15.30

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 please contact

Dr Laura Ugolini
Room MC334
Tel: 01902 321890