Fellowship award for Dr Bryce EvansWednesday 10 August 2016
A Winterthur Research Fellowship has been awarded to Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of History Dr Bryce Evans.
The award is jointly administered by Winterthur – the premier museum of American decorative arts - and the University of Delaware in the US.
Dr Evans will be researching the forging of an American national cuisine in the 19th century and takes up his month-long residency in October.
He said: “As US election time proves, the USA has such a varied national culture. The musician Frank Zappa once quipped that every nation must have two things - an airline and a beer - but central to any country's identity is in fact its food - its cuisine.
“I will use this award to research an unparalleled collection of material on the American kitchen and American dining. My resulting publication will explore how, from its many immigrant culinary cultures and the ashes of its civil war, an American national cuisine emerged."
Winterthur is home to a collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in American between 1640 and 1860. It the former home of the du Pont family and houses permanent and changing exhibition galleries. Due to its Graduate programmes and preeminent research library, Winterthur is an important centre for the study of American art and culture.