Call for Papers: "Figures" in the history of nutrition

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Call for Papers
August 12, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Public Health, Women's & Gender History / Studies

It is time for H-Nutrition’s annual short-essay series again. This year's series is entitled "Figures." We invite authors to analyze an object or image that you find particularly meaningful in your study of the history of nutrition. Perhaps it is the food advertisement that sparked your interest for your first project. Maybe you could tell us about the calorimeter displayed in the library. Or even the bathroom scale that made the scholarly suddenly very personal. Do you use material culture when you teach students about the history of food and food science? Have you come across particularly striking food packaging or nutritional labeling? What visual source figures prominantly in your work on how food or drink intersect health and science?


There are no restrictions on geographical location or time period. Preference will be given to submissions that speak to the history of nutrition specifically rather than food history more generally. Suggested length is 500-800 words; please cite secondary sources; and at least one illustration is strongly encouraged. Each essay will be vetted by 1-2 editors before publication on H-Nutrition in Fall 2019. Authors are encouraged to upload their submissions through the H-Nutrition portal using the orange "Start a Discussion" button at the top of our homepage so that they will linked to their H-Net profiles (please ask an editor if you need assistance either with updating your profile or with submitting a post for review). Submission deadline: midnight on Monday, August 5, 2019. H-Net contributions are peer reviewed and can be listed on a CV.


Responsible H-Nutrition editors: Kristen Ann Ehrenberger ( and Nina Holmes (

Contact Info: 

Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, MD PhD, UPMC/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, H-Nutrition Editor

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