Nelleke Teughels obtained a Master’s degree in Art History and Archaeology in 2005 (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Her master’s thesis was a study on ceramics from the late 18th and 19th centuries. She tried to unravel the interactive and socializing role of these artifacts. She started her Ph.D. on the material culture of modern food retailing in September 2006. This research was successfully completed in September 2011. Since October 2012, she works as a postdoctoral research fellow for the FWO-Vlaanderen. Her research aims to gauge whether the construction and promotion of a ‘traditional food culture’ was used as an instrument in the legitimation and identity construction of a nation. Combining a historical and interpretative-archaeological approach, this project analyzes the food that was presented and served by the Belgian participants at the world exhibitions for (re)presentation at the World Expositions from 1851 to 2010, as well as the textual and material contexts in which they chose to display this food to the public.
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