A bittersweet symphony. The social recipe of dining culture in late medieval and early modern Bruges (1438-1600)

Date: 16 December 2016

Venue: Rubenianum - Kolveniersstraat 20 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

PhD candidate: Inneke Baatsen

Principal investigator: Prof Bruno Blondé & Prof Peter Stabel

Short description: PhD defence Inneke Baatsen - Faculty of Arts


Whereas historiography has often termed the sixteenth century as Antwerp’s Golden Age, it has considered this period for Bruges – the former commercial metropolis of the North – as an era that brought both relative and absolute decline. Still, it remains unclear if and how households in Bruges managed to keep up with the ever changing general trends introduced by the cultural and social codes that structured urban life in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and how this city reacted to the new trends in table culture that were changing Antwerp’s dining culture at  that time.

Food, cooking techniques and dining customs offer a very interesting venue to analyze the social and cultural dynamics of Bruges. By using household inventories, this dissertation investigates not only the material culture of dining but it allows to approach broader social and cultural changes in urban society from a household perspective. After all, social relations and cultural preferences resonated soundly through families’ dwellings, table settings cooking equipment and tableware utensils

Contact email: inneke.baatsen@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/inneke-baatsen/