Patricia Van den Eeckhout

Professors Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST)
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    Department of Political Science
    Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
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    Pleinlaan 5
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Patricia Van den Eeckhout has a Ph.D. in History (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1980). She is a part-time Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she teaches, 'The history of daily life', ‘Methods of historical research’, 'Political rhetoric', and 'Discourse analysis'. Her present research focuses on labour and labour relations in hotels, restaurants and cafés in Belgium (and Western Europe in general) in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the migrating of hospitality workers and the phenomenon of tipping. She has also published on the following subjects: supervision and authority on the shop floor in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of retailing, the history of social housing policy, the history of publicity in the 19th century, the history of consumption and in particular of food consumption, the rhetoric of social statistics, the history of daily life, and the historiography of social history. She published reference books on information retrieval in the social sciences and the humanities, and on Belgian archives and sources of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Key publications

Scholliers, Peter, and Patricia Van den Eeckhout (2013) Feeding growing cities in the 19th and 20th centuries: problems, innovations, and reputations, in: A. Murcott, W. Belasco and P. Jackson (eds.), The Handbook of Food Research, London and New York: Bloomsbury: 68-81.

Van den Eeckhout, Patricia (2013) Allen daarheen! Koks en kelners op de Wereldtentoonstelling van 1913 in Gent, Brood & Rozen 1: 29-51.

Van den Eeckhout, Patricia (2013) The history of labour and labour relations in hotels and restaurants in Western Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries: an introduction, in: Food & History 11(2): 199-221.

Scholliers, Peter, and Patricia Van den Eeckhout (2011) The Laboratory, the Public, and the Construction of Food Safety in Brussels (1840s-1910s), Journal of Social History, Summer: 1143-1159.

Van den Eeckhout, Patricia, and Peter Scholliers (2011) The Belgian Multiple Food Retailer Delhaize Le Lion and its clientele, 1867 - 1914, Essays in Economic and Business History 29: 87-100.