Research School for Economic and Social History


11 - 12 February 2022
Stadscampus, Prinsstraat 13 B, Antwerp, Belgium

Workshop ‘Politics and Consumption in the Modern Age’ (Antwerp, 11-12 Feb. 2022)

On 11 and 12 February 2022, the Centre for Urban History, the Centre for Political History, and the N.W. Posthumus Institute will jointly organise the two-day workshop ‘Politics and consumption in the modern age: New research perspectives’ at the Stadscampus of the University of Antwerp.

This workshop aims to reunite scholars who empirically investigate what we broadly define as ‘politics of consumption’ in core as well as peripheral European regions and the Atlantic world encompassing several time periods ranging from the early-modern era until the present day.

Confirmed speakers are Professor (em.) Martin Daunton (Cambridge University, UK) and Professor Carlotta Sorba (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy). The speakers will specifically address the question how these political acts and discourses intertwine with concerns regarding social class, gender, race and generation, while shedding light on the genealogy of the citizen-consumer.

This workshop will include contributions focusing on:

  • political and state structures that have shaped consumer practices (top-down);
  • how consumers have attached moral and ideological meaning to their commodities turning consumption into a marker of political identity (bottom-up);
  • how particular spaces were influenced by politics of consumption and changed their functions in relation to that;
  • how various intermediary organisations have tried to regulate and frame consumer practices according to their political agendas.

​For full info, please visit the workshop pages via the button below to keep updated.

PLEASE NOTE: For students and fellows of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the participation fee will be waived. Students and fellows of the N.W. Posthumus Institute are therefore asked to contact the organisers by e-mail (use the registration button below), clearly stating your affiliation (student / fellow) with the N.W. Posthumus Institute.

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