Cultural aspects of the corporative world in Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent (1585-1795)

  • Verleysen, Frederik (Collaborator)
  • Soly, Hugo (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


This project is concerned with three aspects of artisan culture in the Southern Netherlands: 1° religious culture, 2° sociability/ritual festivity, 3° material culture. During the period from 1585 onwards, a renewed offensive of the Counter-Reformation was largely responsible for a strong revival of corporative devotional practices. At the same time however, clerical and lay elites increasingly criticised the mix of sacred and profane elements in artisan culture. Partly as a result of these criticisms, popular ritual festivity (banquets, festivals, parades etc.) came under heavy assault. During the seventeenth and especially the (second half of the) eighteenth century artisans in the Southern Netherlands were also confronted with dramatic social changes. But how did artisan culture respond to the threats of this rapidly changing society?
This research project aims to evaluate processes of both cultural reproduction and transformation during the period at hand. From a methodological perspective, the project aims to reconcile two opposing traditions within cultural history: 1° the hermeneutical approach of historical anthropology, and 2° quantitative cultural history in the tradition of Michel Vovelle.
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/04


  • history

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • History and archaeology
  • Languages and literary studies
  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies


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