New Vacancy: PhD Student in History

The research group Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) is seeking a full-time (100%) position for a Doctoral student (PhD Student) in the area of the history of consumption. The position is offered as part of an interdisciplinary project and involves the preparation of a doctoral thesis in History, focusing on "Naturalness, tradition and quality of meat products during the 18th and 19th centuries".

The deadline for applications is August 16, 2018. For more information, see the vacancy.





HOST Seminars in the Second Semester

Happy new year, and happy new semester! The bi-weekly HOST Seminars of the second semester will start on Monday February 19. We will discuss two papers.

Josje Schnitzeler of Utrecht University will present her paper titled 'Private money, public oversight. Orphan chambers of Holland in a European context' and HOST-member Anke Verbeke will present a paper about coping strategies of the elderly in eighteenth-century Brussels, titled '"Wat bedroefd lot het is oud, stijf ende arm te wesen": coping strategieen in de verzoekschriften van verarmde Brusselse ouderen circa 1750-1800, een gevalstudie'.

The full programme will be posted online soon.  



Ellen Debackere is finalist in the PhD-Cup!

HOST-Colleague Ellen Debackere has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Flemish PhD-cup! Her Phd-thesis, completed in 2016, deals with immigration policy in nineteent-century Antwerp. She wrote an essay for the occasion, titled 'Migreren naar Antwerpen. Sinds lang een heikel thema'. For her video pitch, click  (in Dutch).




Restart of HOST Seminars

The first HOST Seminar of academic year 2017-2018 will take place on Monday 18 September from 10h30 to 12h30 in VUB room 5C547. We will discuss a research paper by Griet Vermeesch and an essay by the Junior ECC group (UGhent). The full programme for this semester and more information on the seminars can be found on the HOST Seminars page.




HOST Seminars Spring Semester
HOST office 5.C.457 – 10h30-13h

  • 20 February 
    - 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 en Mathijs Speecke (Ghent University)
    Visualising urban social change, Bruges (Belgium) 1300-1700
  • 6 March
    - Manuela Martini (Université Lyon 2)
    Brotherhood and immigrant business from Southern to North-Western Europe in the 20th Century
  • 20 March
    - Lies Vervaet (Ghent University)
    Female wage labour in Coastal Flanders (15th-16th century)

  • 24 April
    - Jordan Claridge (London School of Economics and Political Science)
    Title tba
  • 8 May
    - Laurence van Goethem 
    Impostorship and urban registration endeavours in the city of Antwerp in the late eighteenth century
    - Torsten Feys
    Title tba
  • 22 May
    - Thomas Verbruggen (Antwerp University)
    Female migration trajectories towards nineteenth-century European cities. A comparative regional approach on the mobility and profiles of domestic servants moving to Antwerp and Brussels (1850-1910)


  • 12 June
    - Janna Everaert
    Title tba 
    - Gorik Van Asche (VUB, Law department)
    Title tba




Restart of HOST Seminars

The first HOST Seminar of academic year 2016-2017 will take place on Monday 03/10/2016. We will discuss a paper by Dries Tys, The market square in medieval towns in the (Southern) Low Countries. Urban life, form and identity between social practice and iconographic identity.

See the webpage HOST Seminars for further information and the scheduled seminars.



New Website Launch Construction Histories Brussels

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new website “Construction Histories Brussels”

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines expertise on construction history. We are proud to present current projects and new events to a wider public.

We invite you to start exploring our website
     -     Mission statement
     -     Participating teams
     -        The researchers and their publications
     -        The contents of current research projects

In “News and activities” you will find links to upcoming events, presentations, lectures, workshops, … Links are provided to Construction History Societies in other countries.

We hope you will enjoy the website. Check it out here.