RECIPES FOR REBIRTH
As the days grow longer and the nature comes back to life in the northern hemisphere, the Editorial Team at The Recipes Project has been thinking about rebirth, rejuvenation, and revivification. Recipe collections abound with recipes for cosmetics, medicines, and agricultural techniques to restore life to aging skin, withering plants, and even, occasionally, to bring bodies back from near death. Some of these recipes play on theological narratives about the resurrection of Christ, and some simply play. Whether reverent or light-hearted, practical or mystical, these recipes reflect the cyclical patterns of the natural world, as well as the enduring human belief in the power of renewal.
For the Spring 2023 issue, editors Melissa Reynolds and Joshua Schlachet invite proposals for posts of 500-850 words relating to the theme of REBIRTH. We welcome proposals from early career researchers and PhD candidates; those in public history, museum, and outreach work; teachers and educators; community leaders and elders; and scholars working either within or beyond traditional academic settings. We are especially keen to receive proposals that reimagine the traditional blog post format; we can imagine a striking photo essay, or a post that employs audio or video to document a recipe reconstruction. Prospective contributors should send a two to three sentence proposal, preferably with one or two copyright-cleared images, to melissa.reynolds[at]rutgers.edu no later than April 21. Selected proposals will be published on The Recipes Project beginning mid-May through mid-June.