Prof. Peter Scholliers

Peter Scholliers

Peter SCHOLLIERS studied history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 with a dissertation on wages, purchasing power and the standard of living in Belgium in the interwar period. In his research he focusses on the history of the standard of living, labor history, wages en prices, material culture, industrial archaeology and on the history of food. He was a researcher at the Center for Contemporary Social History between 1976 and 1985.

In 1986, he was appointed senior researcher with the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Fund for Scientific Research), and became a staff member of the Department of History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2000, he is full-time professor at that department.

He is co-editor of Food & History, Specialist Executive Editor of Appetite, and member of the editorial staff of Food and Foodways, Hospitality and Society, and Food, Culture & Society. He is vice president of the International Committee for the Research of European Food History (ICREFH) and he is a member of the Comité d'Orientation of the Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (IEHCA). He published about the history of food, labor, and material culture, and edited A Cultural History of Food (with F. Parasecoli), London – New York (2012), and Writing Food History (with K. Claflin), London – New York (2012).

He is the founder of the research group FOST: http://www.vub.ac.be/FOST/fost_in_english/leden_ps_eng.htm