The bi-weekly HOST seminars are intended primarily to discuss work in progress of HOST team members. In addition, we gladly welcome researchers from other teams and universities to discuss recent papers that have particular relevance to ongoing research within HOST. Papers are sent to all team members one week in advance of the seminar. Seminars take place from late August until the Christmas break, and from February until the summer break. If you would like to attend one or more seminars and/or if you would like to discuss some of your recent work, please contact Anne Winter.



September - December 2017 (HOST office 5C457 - 10h30-13h)

  • Monday 18 September 2017
    Griet Vermeesch
    Facing illegitimacy in eighteenth-century Antwerp. A mixed bag of experiences in shifting contexts.
    - Junior ECC (UGent), written by Esther Beeckaert, Sander Berghmans, Dieter Bruneel, Hanne Cottyn, Pieter De Reu, Marjolein Schepers, Tobit Vandamme and Sven Van Melkebeke
    TSEG essay competition: Economic and social history in the next ten years

  • Monday 2 October 2017
    - Frederik Buylaert
    Constructing the Flemish nobility

  •  Monday 16 October 2017
    Pieter De Graef (UAntwerpen) and Wouter Ronsijn (UGhent) 
    From home food production to professional farming. A social continuum of urban agriculture: 19th-century Oudenaarde and Kortrijk, Belgium
    - Wouter Ryckbosch and Wout Saelens (UAntwerpen)
    Industrialisation and the 'energy revolutions' in Flanders and Holland: the energy regimes of Leiden and Ghent compared, 1600-1850

  • Monday 30 October 2017
    - Esther Beeckaert 
    Growing social spending. The funding of poor relief in Flemish village communities during the crisis of the 1840s, a comparative analysis

  • Monday 13 November 2017
    Matthijs Degraeve and Jelena Dobbels
    Spatial strategies of general contractors in the construction industry. An analysis of the industrial sites of the Louis De Waele enterprise in Brussels (1866-1988)
    Heidi Deneweth
    Rebuilding and renovating early modern Leiden. Opportunities and risks for the building trades

  • Monday 27 November 2017
    - Aniek Smit
    Comparing the Belgian and Dutch (post-)colonial migration circuit
    Vitaly Volkov
    Mobility policy in Antwerp, 1965-1985

  • Monday 11 December 2017
    - Kaat Capelle (Metajuridica, VUB)
    The ‘constrained’ or ‘self-limiting patriarchy’. Wives, household authority and law in sixteenth-century Antwerp
    - Janna Everaert
    Political Elites and the Mastery over Urban Space in Late Medieval Antwerp


previous Academic Year

February - June 2017 (HOST office 5.C.457 – 10h30-13h)

  • 26 June 2017
    Marjolein Schepers
    Over de grenzen van de gemeenschap. Onderhandelingen over het behoren tot de lokale samenleving in de Lage Landen, 1750-1850 
    Janna Everaert
    Urban and Rural Elites: From Separate to Closely Entangled Worlds - The Cases of Late Medieval Flanders and Brabant
  • 22 May 2017
    - Thomas Verbruggen (Antwerp University)
    De negentiende-eeuwse transportrevolutie en veranderingen in de rekruteringsgebieden voor dienstmeiden van Antwerpen en Brussel, 1850-1910 
  • 24 April 2017
    - Jordan Claridge (London School of Economics and Political Science)
    (Real) Wages in Late Medieval England: Evidence from Agriculture
  • 20 March 2017
    - Lies Vervaet (Ghent University)
    Female wage labour in Coastal Flanders (15th-16th century) 
  • 6 March 2017
    - Manuela Martini (Université Lyon 2)
    Brotherhood and immigrant business from Southern to North-Western Europe in the 20th Century
  • 20 February 2017
    - Jan Naert (Ghent University)
    Ventre affamé n’a pas d’oreilles” Lokale besturen en voedselpolitiek: interacties en populaire percepties in bezet België en Noord-Frankrijk tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog
    - Heidi Deneweth, Ward Leloup & Mathijs Speecke (Ghent University)
    Visualising urban social change, Bruges (Belgium) 1300-1700


September 2016 - January 2017

  • 3 October 2016
    - Dries Tys
    The market square in medieval towns in the (Southern) Low Countries. Urban life, form and identity between social practice and iconographic identity. 
  •  17 October 2016
    - Frederik Buylaert and Sam Geens (Antwerp University)
    Social Mobility in the Medieval Low Countries.
  •  31 October 2016
    - Nick Deschacht (KU Leuven) and Anne Winter
    Persistence and Transition: Municipal Migration Levels in the Provinces of Flanders and Antwerp, 1796-1846. 
  •  14 November 2016
    Filip Van Roosbroeck (UAntwerpen – Huygens Instituut)
    Veepest in de 18de-eeuwse Nederlanden. 
    - Inneke Baatsen (Antwerp University)
    A haste for better taste? Fleshing out the material imprints of Bruges dining culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. 
  •  28 November 2016
    - Margo De Koster and Barbara Deruytter (Ghent University)
    Police-Public Relations in Transition in Antwerp, 1840s–1914.
    - Thijs Lambrecht (UGhent) 
    Village by-laws and the regulation of gleaning in the Southern Low Countries and Northern France, late 13th-late 16th centuries.
  •  12 December 2016 (canceled)
    - Lies Vervaet (UGhent)
    Female wage labour in Coastal Flanders (15th-16th century).
  • 27 June 2016

Frederik Buylaert 
Chivalry, seigneurial war, and the state in the Burgundian-Habsburg Low Countries

 Hilmi Kaçar (UGhent)
Making Istanbul: conquest, reconstruction and Ottomanization

  •  13 June 2016

Ruth Wauters
Arriving at the arrival neighbourhood? Spatial logic of the arrival of foreign newcomers in Brussels in 1880

  • 30 May 2016

Jaap Evert Abrahamse (1), Heidi Deneweth (2), Menne Kosian(1) and Erik Schmitz (3)

(1) Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Amersfoort, The Netherlans
(2) Research Foundation Flanders, VUB
(3) Municipal Archives Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Swaying fortunes. Real estate strategies of building entrepreneurs in the urban extensions of Amsterdam during the Golden Age

Sally Chambers (Ghent University)
Presentation of DARIAH: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanitie

  •  2 May 2016

Ans Vervaeke
A deliberate choice? The impact of the social and economic environment on the 'uses of justice' (Franc of Bruges, 1746-1751)

Boris Horemans
Apprentices in the Brussels Four Crowned Martyrs Guild: 1659-1705

  •  18 April 2016

Jaco Zuijderduijn
Surviving the game. Managing the retirement business in pre-modern Amsterdam and Leiden

Torsten Feys
America's first Refugee Crisis: From American tourists to poor little Belgians

  • 21 March 2016

Marjolein Schepers
Welfare and the regulation of labour mobility. The concordat of Ypres, 1750-1789

Ward Leloup
Een grafelijke stadstichting langs het Zwin: het ontstaan van Sluis en de commerciele tegenstellingen tussen Brugge en de Vlaamse graaf aan het einde van de dertiende eeuw 

  • 7 March 2016

Laurence van Goethem
Premodern Impostors. Identity Fraud in the Low Countries during the Ancien Regime

Nick van den Broeck, Anne Winter and Thijs Lambrecht (UGhent)
Preindustrial welfare between regional economies and local regimes: Rural poor relief in Flanders around 1800

  • 22 February 2016

Bert de Munck (Antwerp University) and Griet Vermeesch
Project proposal on early modern urban citizenship in the Low Countries

  • 30 November 2015

FWO proposals

  •  16 November 2015

 Frederik Buylaert en Mario Damen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

From Periphery to Centre and Back Again: Elite Transformations in Malines (14th-16th Centuries).

 Janna Everaert

A trail of trails. "Flemish" networks in sixteenth-century Valladolid and Medina del Campo.


  • 26 October 2015

Jeroen Puttevils (Universiteit Antwerpen) en Wout Van de Sompele (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Desired objects: lottery prizes in the Low Countries, 1440-1600.

Jan Dumolyn (Universiteit Gent) en Jelle Haemers (KULeuven)

Hard Monday, Bad Wednesday and Good Friday. Revolt, Social Memory and Liturgical Time in the Later Medieval Low Countries.


  • 12 October 2015

Nick Van den Broeck en Tim Soens (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Graancrisis en peasant-landbouw. Een socio-institutionele analyse van de subsistentiecrisis van 1480-82 in het Land van Turnhout.

Torsten Feys

Presentation of his research on transatlantic migration movements in the long nineteenth century. 


  • 28 September 2015

Jelle De Rock

Turning Away from the City. Depictions of a Rural Ideal.

Marjolein Schepers

(Post-) colonial migration and membership regimes in Belgium, 1945-1972.


  • 31 August 2015

Frederik Buylaert en Jelle Haemers

Record Keeping and Status Performance in the Early Modern Low Countries.



past Academic Years       

  • 16 March 2015

Miet Adriaens (HOST) and Hans Cools

Patronage aan de Demer. Giften van het Diestse stadsbestuur, 1499-1568.

Ruben Schalk (Utrecht University)

From orphan to artisan: Dutch apprenticeship during and after the guilds.


  • 16 February 2015

Jelten Baguet (HOST)

Financial Shock Therapy: Failure or Success? The case of sixteenth-century Ghent and the Habsburg Empire. 


  • 3 November 2014

Merlijn Hurx (Utrecht University)

Architecture as profession. The modernisation of architectural practice in the Low Countries in the fifteenth century. Brussels' quarry zone.


  • 6 October 2014

Dave De ruysscher (Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies)

Marine Insurance in Sixteenth‐Century Antwerp: Riding the Waves of Finance (c.1500-1590).

Rik Vercammen (HOST)

Op de dool? Mobiliteit bij veroordeelde landlopers en bedelaars in België (1870-1930).


  • 25 August 2014 

Vicky Vanruysseveld (HOST) 

Travelling without risks? Itinerant entertainers in Brabant and their uses of passports at the end of the eighteenth century.

 Ellen Debackere (University of Antwerp)

“Sans papiers, mais son identité est constatée par plusieurs témoins, dont elle est connue." The use of passports in mid-nineteenth century Antwerp.


  • 8 September 2014 

Griet Vermeesch (HOST)

Wie stuurde pro deo petities in achttiende-eeuws Antwerpen? Een sociale geschiedenis van vroegmodern petitioneren.


  • 4 July 2012

Boris Horemans (HOST) and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (University of Leuven)

Bâtir pour la ville, bâtir pour la cour: architectes et artisans à Bruxelles (XVe-XVIIe siècles).

Boris Horemans (HOST)

Deughdigh ende loffelyck werck. Ambachtsmeesters en bouwondernemers in het Brusselse Vier Gekroondenambacht tijdens de achttiende eeuw.

Griet Vermeesch (HOST) and Marie Charlotte Le Bailly (Huygens Institute)

Explaining the great litigation decline. Processes of social change and changing litigation patterns in early modern Europe.


  • 29 August 2012

Vicky Vanruysseveldt (HOST)

Ambulant entertainment in het Hertogdom Brabant in de tweede helft van de achttiende eeuw.


  • 13 September 2012

Anne Winter (HOST)

Settlement law and rural-urban relief transfers in nineteenth-century Belgium: A case study on migrants’ access to relief in Antwerp.


  • 9 October 2012

Heidi Deneweth (HOST) 

‘Good fences make good neighbours’. The built environment and neighbourhood change in early modern Bruges.


  • 23 October 2012

Wouter Ryckbosch (HOST & University of Gent)

The consumption of ‘new luxuries’ in the eighteenth-century Southern Netherlands:

A changing material culture and its relation to the social.


  • 6 November 2012

Griet Vermeesch (HOST) 

Access to justice. The pro bono procedure in the early modern Low Countries.

Dave De ruysscher (Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies) and Griet Vermeesch (HOST) 

The early modern family economy as legal entity: towards an analysis of the legal position of married women in cities in the Southern Netherlands.


  • 4 December 2012

Brecht Dewilde (University of Leuven)

The economics of multiple guild membership in the southern Low Countries, 1600-1800.

Heidi Deneweth (HOST)

The Cost of Health Care in the Netherlands,1650-1900.


  • 18 December 2012

Bart Lambert (University of York)

England’s Immigrants, 1330-1550


  • 12 February 2013

Frederik Buylaert (HOST) 

Was there an “urban political elite” in late medieval Bruges?


Anne Winter (HOST)

Presentation IRP project: “Newcomers and the City.”


  • 12 March 2013

Project proposal of Frederik Buylaert (HOST) and Violet Soen (University of Leuven)

Shifting grounds? Nobility, lordship and state formation in the sixteenth-century low countries (case studies: Brabant and Flanders).

Project proposal Griet Vermeesch (HOST)

Explaining the great litigation decline. The impact of social change on litigation patterns in early modern Europe. The cases of Bruges and the Freedom of Bruges (1650-1795).

Project proposal Inge Bertels (Department of Architectural Engineering)

Belgian builders, 1881-1958. Positioning, organisation and education of contractors in the Belgian construction industry. Belgian contractors in the construction industry and their strategies at the end of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.


  • 2 April 2013

Alexander Coppens (HOST)

Between local autonomy and national migration policy: Dealing with ‘foreigners’ in Brussels, 1830-1914. (Posthumus Maior Paper)

Boris Horemans (HOST) 

Entrepreneurs, master craftsmen, workers and merchants. Relations of production in the Brussels' building trades, 1685-1789(Posthumus Maior Paper)


  • 23 April 2013

Griet Vermeesch (HOST)

The clientele of the Peacemakers in Leiden, 1750-1754.

Hilde Greefs (University of Antwerp) and Anne Winter (HOST)

Gender differentiations in trajectories and connections. Migration patterns of single men and women moving to Antwerp, 1850-1880


  • 7 May 2013

Michael-W. Serruys (HOST)

A place to store commodities: the colonial warehouses in early eighteenth century Ostend.

Margo De Koster (Department of Criminology)

Night spaces and youth in early 20th-century Antwerp: Social control and the uses of darkness.


  • 21 May 2013

Nick Deschacht (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel) and Anne Winter (HOST)

Rural crisis and rural exodus? Local demographic dynamics during the crisis of the 1840’s in East Flanders (Belgium).

Vicky Vanruysseveld (HOST) and Rik Vercammen (HOST)

Van centraal beleid naar lokale praktijk: het ‘probleem’ van landloperij en bedelarij in België (1895-1910)


  • 3 June 2013

Dries Tys (Department of Art History and Archaeology)

Stedelijke ontwikkeling in de Lage Landen in de 9de en 10de eeuw in relatie tot het Scandinavische handelsnetwerk, vanuit de casus Antwerpen. Is er toch iets aan de hand?


  • 16 August 2013

Boris Horemans (HOST)

Bouwen in de premoderne stad: een vergeten onderzoek?


  • 10 September 2013

Alexander Coppens (HOST) and Ellen Debackere (University of Antwerp)

Tussen norm en praktijk: de implementatie van de nationale migratiewetgeving in België (1830-1914)

Frederik Buylaert (HOST), Jelle De Rock (University of Ghent) and Anne-Laure Van Bruane (University of Ghent)

City portrait, civic body and commercial printing in sixteenth-century Ghent.


  • 24 September 2013

Frederik Buylaert (HOST) and Andy Ramandt (University of Ghent)

The transformation of rural elites in late medieval Flanders. Oligarchy, state formation and social change in the Liberty of Bruges (ca. 1350 – ca. 1525)


  • 8 October 2013

Thijs Lambrecht (University of Ghent) and Anne Winter (HOST)

An old poor law in Flanders? Poor taxes and village conflict in eighteenth-century Furnes in a comparative perspective.


  • 22 October 2013

Griet Vermeesch (HOST)

Wetgeving op verzoek in achttiende-eeuws Antwerpen. Initiatieven van ambachten tot regulering door middel van petities.

Heidi Deneweth (HOST) and Wouter Ryckbosch (HOST & University of Antwerp) 

Property and the urban middle class in the Low Countries: an analysis of investment patterns (17th-18th centuries).


  • 17 December 2013

Wouter Ryckbosch (HOST & University of Antwerp) 

Urban inequality in the Southern Low Countries, 14th-19th centuries.

Wouter Ryckbosch (HOST & University of Antwerp) 

Valueing tea in the early modern Southern Netherlands. A case study of the interaction between consumer change and pre-industrial social structures.


  • 13 January 2014

Jelten Baguet (HOST)

FWO-application: How to get on top. Shaping and reshaping urban political elites in sixteenth-century Ghent.

Jelten Baguet (HOST)

We don’t need no merchant-regent complex. Reconsidering the interaction between political rulers and corporate elites in the East-India trade.


  • 25 February 2014

Gerrit Verhoeven (University of Antwerp)

How do these foreigners blend in? Migration and assimilation in a declining economy (Antwerp, 1715-’90)


  • 7 March 2014

Ellen Debackere (University of Antwerp)

The expulsion of foreigners: the case of nineteenth-century Antwerp.

Maïka De Keyzer (University of Antwerp)

Struggle for the commons. Formal and informal conflict resolution mechanisms in the late Medieval Campine area.


  • 25 March 2014 

Dave De ruysscher (Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies)

The Struggle for Voluntary Bankruptcy and Debt Settlement in Antwerp (16th Century).

Peter M. Solar (Vesalius College & Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles)

Why Ireland Starved and the Big Issues in Pre-Famine Irish Economic History.


  • 6 May 2014

Alexander Coppens (HOST)

Bringing migration policies in practice. Dealing with foreigners in Brussels in the mid-nineteenth century.


  • 17 June 2014 

Heidi Deneweth (HOST)

Moving up or down the housing market? Real estate and social change in Bruges,1550-1670.

Heidi Deneweth (HOST)

‘Because of the beauty and respectability of a renowned and well-policed city'. Building regulations and urban development in Antwerp and Bruges, 1490-1670.