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’

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.)’. Keynote speakers are emeritus Professor Steven L. Kaplan (Cornell University) and Professor Antonella Campanini (Università di Bologna).

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.

For the program and registration, please visit the conference website via the button below.