Anneke Geyzen

Anneke Geyzen (1984) obtained a Master in History from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2007 with a thesis on social policy in relation to the puschart trade in nineteenth-century Brussels. In 2008, she obtained an Advanced Master of Arts in European Urban Cultures (POLIS) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit van Tilburg, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Arts and Design Helsinki. Her thesis developed a comparative analysis of contemporary social mix policy in Helsinki, Manchester and Brussels. In November 2013, she earned a PhD in History summa cum laude at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her dissertation scrutinizes the relationship between heritagization and identification processes in Flanders after World War II by means of a historical gastrolinguistic analysis (title: Culinary heritagization in Flanders between 1945 and 2000. A historical gastrolinguistic analysis).

In 2012, she co-organized the international conference A taste of home. Food, idenity, place and memory in Europe from a historical perspective (19th-20th centuries). The conference received laudatary comments in Brussel Deze Week and resulted in a special issue for the international peer-reviewed journal Food & FoodwaysTastes of Homes: Exploring Food and Place in Twentieth-Century Europe (2015, 23.1-2). 

During academic year 2015-2016, Anneke Geyzen worked as a visiting scholar at The New School in New York with a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship. In that respect, she was named Hoover Foundation Fellow. At The New School, she developed a long-term historical analysis of the regulatory framework in relation to food peddlers in twentieth-century New York. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at New York University's Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies where she continues her research on food peddlers, focusing on their representations in twentieth-century New York.

Core publications

  • Oliver de Maret & Anneke Geyzen, 'Tastes of Homes: Exploring Food and Place in Twentieth-Century Europe', in: Food & Foodways, 23, 1-2 (2015) 1-13.
  • Anneke Geyzen, 'The Ideology of Convenience: Canned Foods in Women's Magazines (Flanders, 1945-1960), in: Appetite, 94 (2015) 21-25.
  • Anneke Geyzen, 'Food Studies and the Heritage Turn: A Conceptual Repertoire', in: Food & History, 12, 2 (2014) 67-96.
  • Anneke Geyzen, 'Merchands Ambulants, Réglementation et Police à Bruxelles au Dix-Neuvième Siècle', in: Le Mouvement Social, 238 (2012) 53-64.


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