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Lauren R.H. Janes
Assistant Professor

616.395.7587
Lubbers Hall 322
126 East 10th Street
Holland, MI 49423
janes@hope.edu

B.A., Hope College, 2004
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

Lauren Janes joined the Hope faculty in 2013. She received her BA at Hope and her MA and PhD at UCLA. She taught at Franklin College in Indiana before returning to Hope.

Professor Janes’s first book is forthcoming in 2016 from Bloomsbury Academic Press. Colonial Food in Interwar Paris examines the promotion and consumption of foods from the French colonies in France during the First World War and the interwar period. It tells the story of how the need to import food changed the way the colonies were understood as a part of Greater France.

Professor Janes has published four articles and a book chapter related to food and French imperialism. Her next project will be a global history of the impact of French imperialism on the agriculture, diets, and culinary cultures of former French colonies, especially those in North and West Africa and the Caribbean.

She teaches World Civilizations I and II, Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa, the Making of Modern Africa, and the Modern History of Global Food. This May she will co-teach a May Term in Paris, “Art, History, and Memory in Contemporary Global Paris,” with Professor Heidi Kraus from Art History. In all of her courses, she strives to teach history in a global framework, focusing on regional and global connectivity and the movement of ideas, goods, people, and power structures around the world.

A native of Indianapolis, Professor Janes has lived in Los Angeles, Paris, and Washington, DC. She loves to travel, especially in France, and has co-led the UCLA summer history program in Paris four times.

 

Courses Taught

HIST 207: World Civilization I
HIST 208: World Civilization II
HIST 221: Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
HIST 321: The Making of Modern Africa
HIST 295: The Modern History of Global Food
HIST 131/295: “Art, History, and Memory in Contemporary Global Paris”

 

Current Research

Professor Janes is beginning a new project on the global history of the impact of French imperialism on the agriculture, diets, and culinary cultures of former French colonies, especially those in North and West Africa and the Caribbean.

 

Publications

Book:
Forthcoming 2016 Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire, forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Journal Articles:
2015 “Writing about Cannibals and Consuming Black Africans in twentieth-century France,” French Cultural Studies 26, no. 2 (2015), 176-185.

2014 “Curiosité gastronomique et cuisine exotique” Vingtième siècle: Revue d’histoire, no 123 (2014), 69-84.

2013 “Selling rice to wheat eaters: the colonial lobby and the promotion of Pain de riz during and after the First World War,” Contemporary French Civilization 38, no 2 (2013), 179-200.

2010 "Exotic Eating in Interwar Paris: Dealing with Disgust," Food and History 8, no. 1 (2010), 237-256.

Book Chapter:
2010 “Python, sauce de poisson et vin: Produits des colonies et exotisme culinaire aux déjeuners amicaux de la Société d’acclimatation, 1905-1939” in Eva Barlosius, Martin Bruegel, and Marilyn Nicoud (eds.) Le choix des aliments: Informations et pratiques alimentaires (Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais and Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010), 139-157.

 

 

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