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I am Lecturer/Assistant Professor in German at University College Dublin with a research interest in female agency, manuscript cookery books, and book history in the long eighteenth century.

My research project ‘Women in the Shadow: Female Agency in the Eighteenth Century’ aims to map out the social and economic positions women and men held in eighteenth-century German-speaking countries, based on material remnants that have been passed down to us such as letters, diaries, and manuscript recipe books. Grounded in the field of material studies and as part of the material turn in the humanities, I aim to provide a solid basis for a re-examination of how women and men worked and socialized, one not based on the works of famous theorists and philosophers but on the mundane, everyday-life notes and artefacts of people who often remain in the shadows due to their minimal or non-existent connection to famous figures.

I have worked as Postdoc in German at the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University from 2020-22, Lecturer in German Studies at Bangor University from 2019-20, held several short-term positions at the University of Liverpool from 2013-2019 and taught as German Language Tutor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (2017-18). My thesis, ‘Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century’, focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century manuscript cookery book as object, its function, and female authorship and ownership. I was awarded my doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2019.

My publications in the history of food and cookery include The Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century. Studies of Form and Function (Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2022), ‘The Chameleon in the Kitchen: The Plural Identities of the Manuscript “Cookery Book”’, in Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (eds.), The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print (Uppsala 2019), ‘The ‘Who’ of Manuscript Recipe Books: Tracing Professional Scribes’, in Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2017) and ‘The Roast Charade: Travelling Recipes and their Alteration in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Tim Berndtsson et al (eds.), Traces of Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century (Uppsala 2015).

Education

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

PhD in German Sept. 2012 – Jun. 2019

Part-time, degree awarded 3 June 2019

Dissertation: Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century

Supervisors: Prof Eve Rosenhaft and Dr Godfried Croenen

 

University of Graz, Austria

PhD in German Literature and Language Apr. 2010 – Oct. 2012

Transferred to the University of Liverpool in 2012

Dissertation: „Zum Gebrauche aller Kochlustigen …“ Das ‚Frauenkochbuch‘ Ms. 1963

Supervisors: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Beatrix Müller-Kampel and Univ.-Doz. Dr. tit.Univ.-Prof. Günther Jontes

 

University of Graz, Austria

MA in German Literature and Language Mar. 2008 – Apr. 2010

Thesis: Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth. Zur Symbolik von Michael Ende (Mirror in the Mirror. On Michael Ende’s Symbolism)

 

University of Graz, Austria

BA in German Literature and Language Oct. 2004 – Feb. 2008

Thesis: Letale Mutterliebe. Szenen einer Mutter-Kind-Beziehung zwischen Traum und Trauma in Wolframs von Eschenbach ‘Parzivâl‘ (Mother and Child in Wolfram‘s von Eschenbach Parzivâl)

 

HTBLVA Ortweinschule Graz, Austria (Master School of Art and Design)

Degree in Fine Arts Sept. 2004 – Jul. 2006

Comprehensive study of various fine art techniques (e. g., painting in oil, acrylic and watercolour, woodcut, lino-print, photography) by Richard Frankenberger and Hans Szyszkowitz. Final degree awarded with distinction.

 

Other Publications

Parallelbeziehungen in handschriftlichen und gedruckten Kochbüchern des 18. Jahrhunderts, in Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, 48/2 (2024) in press.


(With Kaian Lam, University of Macau): Alimentary Memory, Oral History and Heritagization of Everyday Peace (in preparation.)


Early Modern Manuscript Recipe Books Across Europe: Materiality and Use, ed. by Sarah Peters Kernan and Helga Müllneritsch (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2023) in press.


The Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century. Studies of Form and Function (Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2022)


A Missing Link for New College Puddings, in The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art, Science, and Medicine (2021) <https://recipes.hypotheses.org/17714&gt;


The Chameleon in the Kitchen: The Plural Identities of the Manuscript ‘Cookery Book’, in The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print, ed. by Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2019), pp. 53-102.


The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print, ed. by Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2019)


The “Who” of Manuscript Recipe Books: Tracing Professional Scribes, in: Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 14 (2017), pp. 38-57.


The Roast Charade: Travelling Recipes and their Alteration in the Long Eighteenth Century, in Traces of Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century, ed. by Tim Berndtsson et al. (Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2015), pp. 99-119.


Wie viel Roastbeef steckt im „Rost Pfiff“? Auf den Spuren eines „englischen“ Rezeptes, in Feldbacher Beiträge zur Heimatkunde der Südoststeiermark, H. 13 (2014), pp. 7-18.


Der Kürbis als Nahrungsmittel in der Steiermark des 18. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel der Stadt Graz. Eine staatliche Vorschrift unter Joseph II. im Spiegel der Grazer Kochbuchdrucke des späten 17. bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, in Historisches Jahrbuch der Stadt Graz, 41 (2011), pp. 291-317.


Ungehobene Schätze. Handschriftliche Kochbücher aus dem späten 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert, in Epikur – Journal für Gastrosophie, 1/2011 (2011) <http://www.epikur-journal.at/de/ausgabe/detail.asp?id=160&art=Artikel&tit=Ungehobene%2520Schaetze.%2520Handschriftliche%2520Kochbuecher%2520aus%2520dem%2520spaeten%252018.%2520und%2520fruehen%252019.%2520Jahrhundert%2520&gt;


Die unbekannte Seite Michael Endes. Zur Symbolik in der Geschichtensammlung Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth (Wetzlar: Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar, 2011)


Die Darstellung des Fuchses in der mittelalterlichen Dichtung, in Concilium medii aevi, 13 (2010), pp. 289-306 <https://cma.gbv.de/dr,cma,013,2010,a,11.pdf&gt;


Letale Mutterliebe. Szenen einer Mutter-Kind-Beziehung zwischen Traum und Trauma in Wolframs von Eschenbach Parzivâl, in Concilium medii aevi, 13 (2010), pp. 19-44 <https://cma.gbv.de/dr,cma,013,2010,a,02.pdf&gt;

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