Ilaria Berti

Biography

After concluding her two years’ Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellowship at Pablo de Olavide University (Seville) where she worked on her Imperial Recipes project, Ilaria Berti is now a research fellow at the Munich Centre for Global History at Ludwig Maximilians University. She currently has her monograph and a co-edited volume in press.

Her investigation concerns the cultural history of food in the British and Spanish colonies of the West Indies during the 19th century and has the aim of examining how food was used to build colonists’ identities. Dr. Berti is now moving to a new research project in which she will investigate culinary nationalism in Cuba during the second half of 19th century and the ways in which North Americans used the discourse on food as a powerful means to devaluate the declining Spanish Empire and to substitute it on the island. Her new investigation is partially funded by two Spanish national research projects “Globalización Ibérica” and “Historia de la Globalización”.

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