Research School for Economic and Social History


16 - 17 November 2023
Brussels, ULB and VUB campuses (exact locations will follow)

Conference ‘Food, Rules and the City’ – Call for papers – deadline 15 April 2023

On 16 and 17 November 2023, Posthumus alumni Dennis De Vriese (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Nicholas Brunmayr (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Robin Rose Southard (VUB) organise an international conference, entitled ‘Food, Rules and the City: Food Market Regulations and Their Social and Political Dynamics (15th-20th C.)’.

Seeking to adopt such a long-term perspective and to explore more fully than before the social and political dynamics underlying these regulations, this conference will bring together recent research into motivations, reasoning and strategies applied by economic actors in the making of food market regulations in European cities from the 15th to the 20th century. Through its wide chronological and geographical scope, the conference seeks to confront different methodologies to study the ever-present matter of food market regulation as well as different approaches of various historical actors, institutions, and contexts in handling
enduring concerns.

To apply, submit a proposal ultimately by 15 April 2023 to the organisers stating your name, academic affiliation, a short bio (approx. 150 words), provisional title, and an abstract (200 words) of the paper you would like to present. There will be a €15 registration fee.