Call for Fellowship Applications Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures

Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, the inaugural project of the Folger Institute’s  Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research, will use the pervasiveness of food in everyday life as a window into early modern culture. The project announces a competition for semester-long fellowships to be held in residence at the Folger Library in one of two semesters: either Spring 2019 or Fall 2019, for three to four months.

Each Before ‘Farm to Table’ fellow will be awarded US$10,000 for work in the Folger collections on topics relating to early modern food and foodways in the British world, broadly conceived. Applications are due by 1 September, 2018.

Three co-directors are orchestrating the inaugural project’s agendas and activities. They include David Goldstein, associate professor of English at York University in Canada; Amanda Herbert, assistant director for fellowships in the Folger Institute; and Heather Wolfe, curator of manuscripts at the Folger. Before Farm to Table will mine rich and under-explored collections at the Folger; it will highlight new voices and genres from the past; it will create a hub in a network of scholarly projects; it will advance the maturation of scholarly discussion and debates in the field; and it will contribute to social and cultural histories as well as forge new grounds for meaningful conversations with experts from outside the humanities. Within in the Folger, Before Farm to Table will spark new conversations with our audiences, from young to old.

For more information and to apply, please see