Anneke Geyzen (1984) obtained a Master in History from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2007 with a thesis on social policy in relation to the puschart trade in nineteenth-century Brussels. In 2008, she obtained an Advanced Master in European Urban Cultures (POLIS) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit van Tilburg, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Arts and Design Helsinki. Her thesis developed a comparative analysis of contemporary social mix policy in Helsinki, Manchester and Brussels. In November 2013, she earned a PhD in History summa cum laude at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her dissertation scrutinized the relationship between heritagization and identification processes in Flanders after World War II by means of a historical gastrolinguistic analysis (title: Culinary heritagization in Flanders between 1945 and 2000. A historical gastrolinguistic analysis).
In 2012, she co-organized the international conference “A taste of home. Food, idenity, place and memory in Europe from a historical perspective (19th-20th centuries).” The conference resulted in a special issue for the international peer-reviewed journal Food & Foodways (Tastes of Homes: Exploring Food and Place in Twentieth-Century Europe (2015, 23.1-2)).
Anneke Geyzen currently works at Vrije Universiteit Brussel as European Liaison Officer at the R&D department, as guest professor at the Institute for European Studies and as voluntary scientific staff member at the History Department. From September onwards, she will take up a BAEF fellowship for postdoctoral research at New School New York. Under the supervision of Fabio Parasecoli, she will develop a long-term historical analysis of policy-making in relation to the street food trade in twentieth-century New York.