The editors of GlobalMaritimeHistory are pleased to announce that we are looking for proposals for ‘Ships, Trade, Food and Fashion’, a new blog series.
The history of food, cooking, and fashion is very much entangled with maritime history and the history of trade. In some cases, the ingredients for iconic dishes and cuisines, or of garments, their materials and dyes came together as the result of trade. In other cases, maritime trade was responsible for creating the environments in which the dishes or garments/styles could be created. And in other cases, it facilitated the movement of the people who created those iconic culinary and garment ideas.
‘Ships, Trade, Food and Fashion’ has been created to unabashedly cater to those who are interested in the ways that culinary and fashion culture and history intersect with maritime history. This project is intended to be deliberately broad. Indeed, posts that are about food, fashion and trade first, and maritime history second are very much welcome. This series is open to many different perspectives and topics, including criticisms of the conception of the topic. It is less a strict group of topics and more of a prompt for discussions. Likewise, discussions of archival documents are also welcome.
Topics of Discussion could include:
- The origins of an ingredient, dish or garment
- Historical events related to the trade of an ingredient.
- Biographical discussions of important individuals in these fields
- Development and use of the shipping methods and packaging for specific ingredients and materials, and for shipping finished commercial goods (either food or fashion-related)
- Developments of markets for ingredients and materials, as well as for finished goods
- 'Discuss-a-Doc' posts about archival documents (for example, this post on the Arabian's cargo from 1862)
- The theoretical frameworks that have been used to discuss the history of trade, food and fashion history in the past.
- the development of ships and shipping procedures for specific goods
This series is intended to be a permanent fixture of the site, and so there will not be a deadline or set schedule for contributions.
Inquiries and Submissions for this series can be sent to Samuel McLean, GMH’s social media editor.