I’m Sarah Emily – that’s me drinking terrible coffee in Ann Arbor (photograph courtesy of Dinesh Balliah) – and welcome to my blog.
Based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg (the second greatest city after Paris), I’m an historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa, with a particular interest in the intersection of histories of childhood, medicine, and sexuality. My current project is a history of sex education in South Africa.
Here, though, I write about food. This is not a food blog, but, rather, a blog about food – and, more specifically, about food, eating, and cooking. There are enough recipes for red velvet cake floating around the internet. Here, I’m taking a closer look at the complex relationships between eating and identity; between cooking and politics; and between food and power.
I began this blog in February 2011 as a place to play with new ideas for a research project, but it has since developed in ways I hadn’t really expected. It’s wildly fun, though. (And some people have said lovely things about it too. Which is amazing.)
I post a selection of interesting food-related reading every Wednesday, and an essay on whatever takes my fancy on the weekend (this is a list of all the posts I’ve written here). I have an occasional Foodie Pseudery series too.
I have written about food, cities, museums, higher education, and books for publications including Fire and Knives, the New Humanist, Africa is a Country, and the Guardian. See here for a full list.
Do please get in touch if you’ve any ideas or queries, or would just like to say hello. My email address is sarahemilyduff [at] gmail [dot] com.
This is my comments policy.
P.S. The title of this blog comes from DJ Opperman’s poem ‘Sproeireën’.
P.P.S. This blog was designed by my amazingly brilliant and talented sister.
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