Dr Adele Wessell BA(Hons)(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) 

Adele Wessell is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Arts and Social Sciences
at Southern Cross University, Australia. Her PhD thesis, 'History Making/Making
History' was a transnational history of Columbus Day and Australia Day. Through an
interest in environmental history Adele turned to the study of food, it's production
and preparation. She has published on food as communication, nonhuman animals and
tastescapes as an expression of the impact of eating on land use. For two years Adele
worked in the Teaching and Learning Centre at Southern Cross University. This connection
reflects a scholarly interest and number of publications on teaching, in particular on
community engagement and community engaged learning. 

Journal article


Cookbook: A New Scholarly View (with Donna Lee Brien), M/C Journal: A journal of media and culture (2013)


Women’s work in the transition to modernity: the worker cook book and our cookery book, Text: journal of writing and writing courses (2013)

Flora Pell’s Our cookery book and Mary Gilmore’s Worker cook book were published at a...



Having our cake and eating it too: a reading of royal wedding cakes, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (2012)

There is no more basic commodity than food, but the expanding scholarly attention it has...



Caldera : narrative excursions (with Heather Wearne), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2003)

Book Chapter

Faith-based homespace: Decoding good taste in a monastery (with Andrew Jones), Food as communication: Communication as food (2011)

Between alimentary products and the art of cooking: the industrialisation of eating at the world fairs - 1888-1893, Consuming culture in the long nineteenth century : narratives of consumption, 1700-1900 (2007)


There's no taste like home: the food of empire, Exploring the British world: identity, cultural production, institutions [online] (2004)

Joseph Banks described the homesickness of sailors' aboard the Endeavour by saying that they suffered...


Timescapes: flooding and memory, Flood essays across the current (2004)

Floods are agents of both physical and psychological change. Their power to affect cultures and...


Writing home (sickness): a time and place for nostalgia, Caldera : narrative excursions (2004)


Review of local and traditional plant use by Australian migrant communities (with Anna Du Chesne, Sue Evans, Hans Wohlmuth, and Michael Heinrich), 13th International Congress of the Society for Ethnopharmacology (2012)

Conference presentations


From 'training in citizenship and home-making' to 'plating up': writing Australian cookbooks for younger readers (with Donna Lee Brien), Ethical imaginations: Writing worlds: Ethical concerns and their implications in literature and writing: 16th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (2011)

In term of popular literature about young people, cookbooks purporting to address children’s obesity and...


The pleasure of slow learning: cultivating communities in food education, Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AICEA) Refereed Conference Proceedings (2007)