Hilary Term 2015 Seminar Series
At: The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford
‘Visual and Material Culture in the History of Medicine’
Conveners: Dr Erica Charters and Dr Sloan Mahone
Week 7 – 2 March
Katherine Allen, University of Oxford
Recipe books and networks of medicinal knowledge in eighteenth-century England
Katherine is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford in the history of science and medicine. Her research is on domestic medicine in eighteenth-century England, with a focus on mansucript recipe books. She uses domestic medicine as a lens through which to examine eighteenth-century society’s engagement with broader cultural trends, including an interest in natural philosophy and the rise of consumerism in the metropole of a global empire. Her project considers the extent to which eighteenth-century households maintained the recipe collecting tradition as part of medical treatment whilst simultaneously evolving with the commercialisation and professionalisation of medicine. One of her key research objectives is determining the motivations for collecting and preparing medicinal recipes, apart from the end objective of a consumable product. Some of the themes she explores are healthcare, material history, authorship, networks of knowledge, distillation, and ingredients (within the context of consumerism, botany, and changing medical treatment).
Coffee is available from 14:00 – Seminars begin at 14:15 prompt.
Please note there is no parking at the Unit