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Dr Lynn Martin
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Biography/ BackgroundLynn Martin is an award-winning historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Australian government for his contribution to Australian society through history.
In a previous incarnation as a historian Prof. Martin specialised in the history of the Jesuits, and his books included The Jesuit Mind: The Mentality of an Elite in Early Modern France and Plague? Jesuit Accounts of Epidemic Disease in the Sixteenth Century, plus shorter pieces on Roman prostitutes, insanity in the sixteenth century, the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the family, and papal policies during the wars of religion.
More recently he abandoned the Jesuits for drink and now specialises in the history of drinking in traditional Europe. This phase of his career has resulted in a book on Alcohol, Sex, and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
In 1997 Prof. Martin became Founder-Director of the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for the History of Food and Drink, a position he held until 2004. As Director he was responsible for the establishment of the University’s Graduate Program in Gastronomy and was the Program’s first Managing Director. He also edited with Barbara Santich two books that resulted from the Research Centre’s series of conferences and symposia, Gastronomic Encounters and Culinary History.
Although officially retiring at the end of 2003, Prof. Martin still keeps active as a Visiting Research Fellow. He also edits the Research Centre’s Newsletter, is an International Juror for the Slow Food Movement and on the Editorial Board of Food, Culture, and Society, supervises honours and postgraduate students, and teaches honours seminars.
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