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Dr Laura Prosperi

Telephone +61 8 8313 0054
Position Lecturer
Email laura.prosperi@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4714
Building Napier Building
Floor/Room 5 08
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of History and Politics

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Biography/ Background

Laura Prosperi is an historian with a focus on food culture. Born and educated in Italy, she has explored a wide-range of historical contexts privileging the food perspective. In 2006 Laura gained her PhD at the European University Institute of Florence and she also has worked as a researcher in a range of other international environments such as the French École d’Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris and the Institut für Europäische Geschicthte in Germany. Before arriving at Adelaide, Laura taught Food History at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences of Milan and has collaborated with other leading Italian universities such as Venice and Padua.

She is Associate Investigator 2014 in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Over the last fifteen years Laura has conducted research by focusing the evolution of Western food culture and has written more than fifty pieces concerning the history of food. Her first book, Honey in the Middle Ages, published by the Academy of Georgofili of Florence, received national awards, whilst her latest work, Born under a Cabbage: Keys of Food Culture in Ancien Régime France (16th-17th centuries), is forthcoming from the publisher Franco Angeli.

Publications

BOOKS:

Il miele nell’Occidente medievale [Honey in the Medieval Western World], Accademia dei Georgofili, series: Quaderni della Rivista di storia dell’agricoltura, Florence, Publisher: Le Lettere, 2010 (Book Award for best contribution to beekeeping culture_ Ape D’Oro 2010, A.S.G.A)

 

Nascere sotto il cavolo: chiavi di cultura alimentare in antico regime [Born under a cabbage: Keys of Food Culture in Ancien Régime France (XVI_XVII centuries)], series: La Società Moderna e Contemporanea, Milan, Publisher: Franco Angeli Editore, Published with support from the European Institute for Food History and Food Culture, IEHCA, Tours, France, forthcoming

 

selected items:

 

Book Chapters

 Les fraises d’Ève: le désir alimentaire féminin d’après le discours médical français dans le premier Age Moderne.”, in Regards sur le corps. Histoire, sciences sociales, dir. F.Duhart, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2005, pp.253-266. [Eve’s Strawberries: female food desire according to medical theories in the Early Modern Age]

“La vulnerabilità delle scorte cerealicole attraverso i secoli: cenni per una storia del cibo prodotto e mai consumato” in Quando manca il pane. Origini e cause della scarsità delle risorse alimentari in età moderna e contemporanea,  a cura di L. Mocarelli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013, pp.287-298 [The vulnerability of cereal stocks over the centuries: notes for a history of the food produced but never consumed”] 

 "Tipicality: Origins and Main features of A Food Cathegory (Italy 14th -16th Century). In Tipicality in History: Tradition, Innovation and Terroir edited by Giovanni Ceccarelli, Alberto Grandi and Stefano Magagnoli, Series L'Europe Alimentaire/ European Food Issues directed by Antonella Campanini, Peter Schollier and Jean-PIerre Williot, Bruxelles, International Academic Publisher Peter Lang 2013, pp.87-97

Conference Proceedings

 

“La scelta del consumo biologico, tra passato e futuro: ragioni e suggestioni di una nuova coscienza alimentare”, in Nutrire per prevenire. Quali nuovi indicatori di rischio nutrizionale?, Conference Proceedings, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Roma, 30 November, 2006, edited by di A.De Lorenzo, L. Di Renzo, Published with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture for the Project SABIO, Rome, 2006, pp.61-67. [The choice of organic food, between past and future: reasons and images of a new food attitude]

 

“Le pouvoir de la nourriture sur la reproduction humaine: discours diététique et différences de genre d’après l’ouvrage de Giovanni Marinello (Italie-France: XVIème et XVIIème siècles)”, in Conference Proceedings, December 2002, IEHA, 2007. [The power of food on human reproduction: dietetics and gender aspects according to the work by Giovanni Marinello (Italy-France: 16th and 17th centuries]

 

“Lezioni di estetica a tavola: fogge gastronomiche ed etichetta del convivio attraverso i secoli” in La moda e la cultura del buon vivere, Conference Proceedings, Cosenza, 5-6 Giugno 2010, Editoriale Progetto 2000, 2011, pp. 93-96 [Lessons of eating Aesthetics: good manners and dinner trends over the centuries]

 

“Catalogare i pomi nel tardo medioevo: tracce di classificazione pre-scientifiche nella tradizione enciclopedica latina” in Le parole della frutta: storia, saperi ed immagini tra medioevo ed età contemporanea, a cura di Irma Naso, Zamorani Editore, Torino 2012 [Classifying Apples: Tracks of pre-scientific Classifications of Fruits in Latin Encyclopedic Tradition]

 

 

 JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

“Il latte e il miele: ragioni e fortuna di un binomio alimentare”, in Food & History , vol. 3, n.1, 2005, pp.73-98. [Milk and honey: meanings and success of a food couple]

 

“La lumaca grigliata di Anthony Rowley” in Scienze gastronomiche, [Gatronomic Sciences: Food for Though], Journal of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Ed. Slow-Food, 1, 2006. Edition in Italian and English. [The grilled snail by Anthony Rowley]

 

“La mappa mundi del consumo quotidiano” in Scienze gastronomiche, [Gatronomic Sciences: Food for Though], Journal of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Ed. Slow-Food, 1, 2007. Edition in Italian and English. [The world map of daily consumption]

 

I nemici nel piatto. Timor di cibo: paure e rischi nell’alimentazione medievale”, in Medioevo, 126, luglio 2007, pp. 32-45. [Enemies in the plate: fears and risks in medieval diet]

 

“Marilyn, gelatina in pesca melba. Breve rassegna critica sul cibo nel cinema”, in Scienze gastronomiche, [Gatronomic Sciences: Food for Though] , Journal of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Ed. Slow.Food, 2, 2007. Published in Italian and English. [Merilyn, the Melba peach jelly]

 

“A tavola con devozione: la mensa ebraica nell’Italia tardo-medievale e rinascimentale”, in Medioevo, 135, aprile 2008, pp.84-95. [The diet of the observant: the Jewish diet in late medieval and Renaissance Italy]

 

I semi e la memoria: lungimiranza e solitudine di un frutteto controcorrente”, in Scienze gastronomiche, [Gatronomic Sciences: Food for Though] , Journal of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Ed. Slow.Food, 3, May 2008. Edition in Italian and English. [Seeds and memory: foresight and loneliness of an orchard out of the mainstream]

 

“Le magie di Francesco Garnier Valletti: percorsi possibili nel Museo della Frutta di Torino”, in Scienze Gastronomiche, [Gatronomic Sciences: Food for Though] , Journal of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, ed. Slow Food, 4, November 2008. Edition in Italian and English. Title of the English item: [The magic of Francesco Garnier Valletti: possibile paths in Turin’s Fruit Museum]

 

“L’eterna sfida tra uomini e insetti per la conquista dei cereali (Italia, secoli XIV-XVI)”, in Tecnica Molitoria, LXI, 4, May 2010, Turin, ed. Chiriotti, pp. 391-395. [The never-ending Fight between Men and Insects for the Conquest of Cereals: Italy, 14th-16th centuries] 

 

 

“La ricotta e la cicoria di Bernardo Provenzano. Fonti per una ricostruzione storica dell’infiltrazione mafiosa nell’agro-alimentare italiano” in Snodi. Pubblici e Privati nella Storia Contemporanea, December 2011, pp.116-127 [Bernardo Provenzano’s ricotta and chicory. Sources for an historical overview about mafia infiltration into Italian Food Industry”]

 

 

OTHER:

 

“Ostriche e cioccolato: breve carrellata storica sul cibo afrodisiaco”, column “Percorsi storici”, Slowfood, 32, February 2008. [Oysters and chocolate: short historical round-up on aphrodisiac food]

 

“Il peccato di Gula: metamorfosi di un mito”, column  “Percorsi storici”, Slowfood, 34, June 2008 [Gluttony: metamorphosis of a myth]

 

“Inseguendo Cuccagna”, column “Percorsi storici”, Slowfood, 36, October 2008 [Seeking for the Land of Cuccagna]

 

“La leggenda del buon cibo di un tempo. Rischi, paure e contraffazioni alimentari”, column “Percorsi storici, Slowfood, 39, April 2009 [Risks, fears and food adulterations]

 

“Sorseggiare vino in una taverna del Cinquecento. La tavola italiana nelle memorie di viaggio di un libero pensatore”, column “Percorsi storici”, Slowfood 40, June 2009 [Sipping wine in a 16th century Inn. Italian food lore in the journal of a maître-à-penser]

 

Flexitarian: l’onnivoro  politicamente corretto del XXI secolo. Identità, forme e ragione di una nuova tendenza alimentare”, Modus vivendi, October 2009 [Flexitarian: the politically correct omnivore of the 21th century. Features and reasons of a new food trend]

 

“Sorbe, giuggiole e cotogni: note storiche sulla frutta medievale”, column “Percorsi storici”, Slowfood, 47, August-September 2010 [Rowans, jujubes and cornelian-cherries: historical issues about ancient fruit]

 

“Zucchero e miele: una rivalità storica. Contributo alla storia degli edulcoranti”, column “Sul filo della storia” in Origine: prodotti dell’agricoltura e territorio, Publisher: L’informatore Agrario, Verona, LXVI, 2,  2010, pp. 20-28. [Sugar and Honey: an Historical Rivality. Contribution to the History of Sweeteners]

 

“La castagna: fasti e decadenza di un seme eccellente”, Column  “Sul filo della storia” in Origine: prodotti dell’agricoltura e territorio, Publisher: L’informatore Agrario, Verona, LXVI, 3, 2010 [Chestnut: splendor and decadence of an excellent fruit]

 

“I pomi di terra alla conquista del Vecchio Continente: convenienze e diffidenze alimentari nell’introduzione della patata”, rubrica “Sul filo della storia” in Origine: prodotti dell’agricoltura e territorio, edizioni L’informatore Agrario, Verona, LXVII, 5, 2011 [‘Pomi di terra’ to the conquest of the Old Continent: food assets and mistrust in the introduction of potatoes] 

 

“Cioccolata, tè e caffè nella Vecchia Europa”, in rubrica “Sul filo della storia” in Origine: prodotti dell’agricoltura e territorio, edizioni L’informatore Agrario, Verona, LXVIII, 5, 2011 [ Chocolate, tea and coffee in Old Europe]

 

 

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesHistory
Expertisehistory and culture of food; history of honey, sugar and sweeteners; history of dietetics, food loss, Italian mafia and food supply chain

Entry last updated: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014

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