Anne Winter

Professor of History

Professors Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST)
  • Current position Professor of History
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    Department of History
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C – Room 5.417
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Anne Winter studied history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the London School of Economics. She obtained her PhD at the VUB in 2007 and was appointed lecturer in urban history at that same university in 2010, after carrying out research visits at Somerville College (University of Oxford), at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of Salzburg. Her research focuses on social and economic problems of the early modern period and the long nineteenth century in an international comparative perspective, with a particular interest in migration, social policies, urbanization and labour conditions in the transition period 1750-1850. She was awarded the six-yearly prize I. Vanderschueren for the best PhD in the Human Sciences by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2010), and the three-yearly prize of the Flemish Scientific Foundation (VWS) for the Human Sciences (2011), awarded by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts  (2011). From 2012 to 2015 she held the position of Francqui Research Professor.

Key publications

Anne Winter (2013) Population and Migration: European and Chinese Experiences Compared, in: Peter Clark (ed.), The Oxford Handbook on Cities in World History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 403-420

Anne Winter (2013) Settlement Law and Rural-Urban Relief Transfers in Nineteenth-Century Belgium: A Case Study on Migrants’ Access to Relief in Antwerp’, in: Steven King & Anne Winter (eds), Migration, Settlement and Belonging in Europe, 1500–1930: Comparative Perspectives, Berghahn (International Studies in Social History 23), 228-249

Bert De Munck and Anne Winter (eds) (2012), Gated Communities? Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Anne Winter (2011) Changer de place: Occupations, réseaux et carrières des immigrants à Anvers au XVIIIe siècle’, Mélanges de l’école française de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée 123(1): 57-72.

Anne Winter (2009) Migrants and Urban Change: Newcomers to Antwerp, 1760-1860, London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers (Perspectives in Economic and Social History, 1)

Previous education

2007: PhD in History (summa cum laude), Department of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2002: MSc in Global History (Distinction), Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

2001: MA in History (summa cum laude), Department of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Previous positions

2007-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, Department of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2009-2010: Visiting researcher, Centre de Recherches Historiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France

2008-2009: Academic Visitor, Somerville College, University of Oxford, UK

2006-2007: Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2002-2006: PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, Department of History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium