Olivier de Maret
Ph.D. in History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Brussels, Belgium
M.A. in Modern History, King's College London; London, United Kingdom.
Olivier de Maret is a social and cultural historian of modern Europe specialized in Food Studies. His current research interests cover food systems, Italian foodways, food and migration history, and the relationship between food and identity. He recently published his doctorate entitled Of Migrants and Meanings. Italians and Their Food Businesses in Brussels, 1876-1914 (Peter Lang, 2016) and a chapter on Italian food and migrants in Brussels prior to World War I in an edited volume on new research trends in Italian migration to Belgium (Ed. Anne Morelli, Couleur Livres, 2016). His previous publications include a study of the relation between the social constructs of taste and home ("Tastes of Homes: Exploring Food and Place in Twentieth-Century Europe," with Anneke Geyzen, 2015) and an analysis of the preliminary results of his doctoral research ("More Than Just Getting By: Italian Food Businesses in Brussels at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," 2013), both published in the journal Food & Foodways. Following the organization of an international symposium he co-edited the proceedings, which were published as a special issue of that same journal (Tastes of Homes, 2015). He has also taken part in conferences and workshops in Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States and is a member of the research group FOST (Social & Cultural Food Studies) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.