About the convenors
Kelly A. Spring (Marine Corps University)
Kelly A. Spring, PhD., is a lecturer of food studies, women’s history, World War II, and gender studies. Currently, she works as the Women, Peace and Security Subject Matter Expert with the Marine Corps University. Her current project, “SPAM: A Global History”, traces the complex and long-lasting connections between SPAM and war. As part of this project, she spoke on the BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme, SPAM: food + war + memory in a can about the enduring role of SPAM in Britain and Asia. In 2017, Kelly founded the IHR Food History Seminar.
Matt Phillpott is an early modern historian and learning technologist. With a PhD from the University of Sheffield, Matt has developed interests in the transmission of knowledge in printed form, first examining how religious and historical ideas and knowledge was transmitted during the English Reformation and more recently in how knowledge has been transmitted in printed materials on bees and beekeeping. In 2018 he published The Reformation of England’s Past: John Foxe and the revision of history in the late sixteenth century with Routledge and he currently showcases his works on beekeeping on his website Early Modern Bees. Matt is also a certified member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and an associate fellow of the HE Academy. He can be found on Twitter @mphillpott.
Charlie Taverner (Trinity College Dublin)
Charlie Taverner is a historian of food and cities, and currently a research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, as part of the FoodCult project. His first book, Street Food: Hawkers and the History of London, will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2023.