Book Launch featuring Cider and Pulque Ahoy!

Network members who participated in our most recent conference, New Directions in Drinking Studies, may remember that the conference’s very first panel on “Alcohol and Authenticity” featured presentations on Welsh craft cider and Mexican pulque by Emma-Jayne Abbots and myself respectively. We have been working all year on a larger project, that includes study of foods as well, called Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in the Construction of ‘Authentic’ Foods and Drinks.

Our work is culminating in a few weeks time with the very exciting launch of our recipe-style book Authentic Recipes from Around the World, to which network members are warmly invited! It’s happening on 23 October, 4-7pm, in Senate House, London (more details in the invitation below).


The book explores the idea of authenticity in relation to 4 different foods and drinks – pulque (an alcoholic drink from Mexico), acaraje (a street food from Brazil), Welsh craft cider and flaounes (celebration Easter pies from Cyprus, that Great British Bake Off fans might recognise from the episode two weeks ago!). The book has been co-written by an interdisciplinary team of academics and numerous non-academic professionals and producers, several of whom will be speaking at the Launch event in the “storytelling” session. I hope the launch will be of interest to network members – it’s free to attend, there will be a provided dinner and a selection of yummy self-creations, and copies of the book will be distributed too! Please just let me know ( if you plan on coming, so we can keep track of numbers. Hope to see some of you there!!


Research Clusters, Sep 2015

Since its foundation in 2010, the network has attracted c.120 members from multiple disciplines and established a vibrant, collegiate forum where we share ideas in this growing field. We want to maintain this forum as it currently operates, but we also believe the network has enormous potential for nurturing more sustained and ambitious collaborative research. The aim is to create a framework where members can (if they so wish) use the network to enhance their own research agendas, at the same time as pooling our collective expertise to tackle some of the big questions in the field.

Cluster 1: Identities and Diversity

Cluster 2: Time and Temporalities

Cluster 3: Craft and Artisanal

Cluster 4: Pubs and Bars

Cluster 5: Understanding Excess

With this objective in mind, we are establishing five research clusters that build on overlapping areas of research interests of network members and foster new directions of research in the field. Each cluster is led by 2-3 co-ordinators and network members are invited to affiliate themselves with the clusters of their choice (any number). Clusters have a mandate to pursue research activity around their theme, but this activity might take many different forms depending on the interests and wishes of cluster members. In the first instance, co-ordinators will shape and drive this activity, but other members of each cluster can become more actively involved as appropriate.