Frederik Buylaert

Professor of Late Medieval and Early Modern History

Professors Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) History
  • Current position Professor of Late Medieval and Early Modern History
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of History
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Building C – Room 5.416
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Prof. Dr. Frederik Buylaert studied medieval and early modern European history at the universities of Ghent, Leiden and Columbia and obtained a PhD at Ghent University in 2008 with a dissertation on the Flemish nobility in the 14th and 15th centuries. As of 2011, he is appointed lecturer in late medieval and early modern history at the VUB. In 2015, he was a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley (Rubens Chair). His research focuses on urban and rural elites in the pre-modern Low Countries, with a particular interest in social mobility, historiography and the politics of remembrance.

Key publications

Frederik Buylaert (2015) Lordship, urbanisation and social change in late medieval Flanders, Past & Present 227: 31-75

Frederik Buylaert and Andy Ramandt (2015) The Transformation of Rural Elites in Late Medieval Flanders. Oligarchy, State Formation and Social Change in the Liberty of Bruges (ca. 1350 – ca. 1525), Continuity & Change 30(1): 39-69

Frederik Buylaert, Jelle De Rock and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (2015) City Portrait, Civic Body and Commercial Printing in Sixteenth-Century Ghent, Renaissance Quarterly 68(3): 803-839

Frederik Buylaert (2012) The late medieval “crisis of the nobility” reconsidered: the case of Flanders, Journal of Social History 45(4): 1117-34

Frederik Buylaert (2010) Eeuwen van ambitie. De adel in laatmiddeleeuws Vlaanderen (Verhandelingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België. Klasse der Letteren, 21)

Previous Education

2008: PhD History, Ghent University, Belgium

2004: Master in Early Modern History, Columbia University, USA

2003: Master in Medieval History, Ghent University, Belgium

2001-2002: Erasmus Program, Leiden University, the Netherlands

2001: Bachelor in History, Ghent University, Belgium

Previous positions

2015: Rubens Chair Professor, Department of History, University of California, USA

2011: Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Columbia University, USA

2009-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Ghent University, Belgium

2008-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Belgian Research Program "City & Society, 1200-1800", Ghent University, Belgium