Anke Verbeke
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Anke Verbeke (1994) studied history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès. During her studies she specialized in urban and social history, while focussing on the modern times. She graduated in 2015 with a dissertation on the survival strategies, rhetorical self representation and negotiating strategies of late eighteenth century impoverished elderly in Brussels, for which she based her research on the extensive series of application letters sent to the Twaalf Apostelen almshouse in Brussels. As of October 2016 she is associated to the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Centre of Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST) where she prepares a PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Anne Winter. Her research focusses on the influence of long term evolutions in the social, economic and institutional field on the resilience potential, individual agency and survival strategies of the elderly poor in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent during the second half of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century.

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