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Bert De Munck is Professor at the History Department of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, teaching ‘History of the early modern period’, ‘Theory of historical knowledge’, and ‘Public history’. He is member of the Centre for Urban History at the same university and director of the Scientific Research Community (WOG) ‘Urban agency. The historical fabrication of the city as an object of study’ and of the interdisciplinary 'Urban Studies Institute'. While he has worked on apprenticeship, craft guilds, labour and social capital, his current research interests include the circulation of technical knowledge, guilds and civil society, repertoires of evaluation regarding products and skills, and conceptual and theoretical approaches to urban history and urban studies.

A selected list of publications :

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- Bert De Munck, Guilds, Labour and the Urban Body Politic: Fabricating Community in the Southern Netherlands, 1300-1800 (Routledge, 2018)

- Sven Dupré, Bert De Munck, Werner Thomas, and Geert Vanpaemel, eds.  Embattled Territory: The Circulation of Knowledge in the Spanish Netherlands (Ghent: Academia Press, 2015)

- Bert De Munck and Dries Lyna (eds), Concepts of Value in Material Culture, 1500-1900 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015)

- Karel Davids and Bert De Munck (eds), Innovation and Creativity in Late Medieval and Early Modern European Cities (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014).

- Bert De Munck & Anne Winter (eds), Gated communities? Regulating migration in early modern cities (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012).

- Bert De Munck, Steven L. Kaplan and H. Soly (eds), Learning on the shop floor. Historical perspectives on apprenticeship (London/New York, 2007).

- Bert De Munck, Technologies of Learning. Apprenticeship in Antwerp from the 15th century to the end of the ancien régime (Turnhout, 2007).


-- 'Artisans as knowledge workers: Craft and creativity in a long term perspective', Geoforum (2018),

-- ‘Disassembling the City: A Historical and an Epistemological View on the Agency of Cities’, Journal of Urban History (2015): 1-19.

-- 'Artisans, Products and Gifts: Rethinking the History of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe, Past & Present, 224 (August 2014), pp. 39-74.

--  ‘ Conventions, the Great Transformation and Actor Network Theory’, Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, 37 (2012) 4, pp. 103-124, Focus I, Rainer Diaz-Bone & Robert Salais (eds), The Économie des Conventions – Transdisciplinary Discussions and Perspectives, pp. 44-54.

-- ‘ The agency of branding and the location of value. Trade marks and monograms in early modern tableware industries’, Business History, 54 (2012) 7, pp. 1-22.

-- 'Guilds, product quality and intrinsic value. Towards a history of conventions?’, Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, 36 (2011) 4, pp. 103-124, Special Issue, Rainer Diaz-Bone & Robert Salais (eds), Conventions and Institutions from a Historical Perspective / Konventionen und Institutionen in historischer Perspektive.

-- ‘Gilding golden ages. Perspectives from early modern Antwerp on the guild-debate, c. 1450- c. 1650’, European Review of Economic History (2011) pp. 221–253 .

-- ‘ Corpses, live models, and nature. Assessing skills and knowledge before the industrial revolution (case: Antwerp)’, Technology & Culture, 51 (2010) 2, pp. 332-356 .

-- ‘ One counter and your own account. Redefining illicit labour in early modern Antwerp’, Urban History, 37 (2010) 1, 26-44 .

-- ‘ From brotherhood community to civil society? Apprentices between guild, household and the freedom of contract in early modern Antwerp’, Social History, 35 (2010) 1, pp. 1-20.

-- ‘Skills, trust and changing consumer preferences. The decline of Antwerp’s craft guilds from the perspective of the product market, ca. 1500 – ca. 1800’, International Review of Social History, 53 (2008) 2, pp. 197-233.

-- ‘La qualité du corporatisme. Stratégies économiques et symboliques des corporations anversoises du XVe siècle à leur abolition’, Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, 54 (2007) 1, pp. 116-144.

-- ‘The establishment and distribution of craft guilds in the Low Countries, 1000-1800’, in: C. Lis, J. Lucassen, M. Prak en H. Soly (eds.), Guilds in the early modern low countries. Work, power and representation (London, 2006), pp. 32-73 [with P. Lourens and J. Lucassen].

-- ‘Free choice, modern love, and dependence: marriage of minors and Rapt de séduction in the Austrian Netherlands’, Journal of Family History, 29 (2004) 2, pp. 183-205.


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