Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    Licentiate in history Ghent University

  • 1988 – 1992
    Research fellow National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium

  • 1993
    PhD in history Ghent University

  • 1994 – 1995
    Postdoctoral Researcher Ghent University

  • 1995 – 1999
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Research Foundation Flanders

  • 1999 – 2010
    Associate Professor Ghent University

  • Since 2010
    Full Professor Ghent University

Selected publications

  • Sire, het volk mort. Sociaal protest in België 1831-1918. Antwerpen, 1997, 416 p.

  • Les turbulences de la Belle Epoque (1878-1905). Brussel, 2005, 219 p.

  • (with Jeroen Deploige), Mystifying the monarch. Studies on discourse, power and history. Amsterdam, 2006, 296 p.

  • (with Jo Tollebeek et al.), België, een parcours van herinnering. Amsterdam, 2008, 2 vol.

  • Leopold I. De eerste koning van Europa. Antwerpen-Amsterdam, 2011, 736 p.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2008 – 2014: supervisor PhD-project Maja Musi (Re)constructions. Armed conflicts, cultural heritage, (inter)national policies and local practices of memorialization in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • 2009 – 2014: supervisor PhD Lore Colaert, The dead as the black holes of democracy. Digging up memories of civil war and dictatorship in Spain (1936 – 1975).

  • 2010 – 2014: supervisor Phd-project Greet De Bock, Aristocratic women in the corridors of power. Gender, sexual morality and the public sphere in Vienna and London, 1814/15-1848.

  • 2011 – 2015: supervisor FWO-research fellow De Wolf, Male feminism. The participation of men in movements for women's emancipation in Belgium, France and the Netherlands (1960 – 1990).

  • 2011 – 2015: promoter FWO-project The spectacle of socialism. A transnational and interdisciplinary social and architectural history of People's Palaces in European cities (1900 – 1914).

  • 2012 – 2016: supervisor FWO-research fellow Giselle Nath, The rise of mass consumption in Belgium (1945 – 1989): social and political construction of affluence

  • 2013 – 2017: promoter FWO-project Charismatic leadership in social movements in Belgium during the interwar years. Hendrik De Man, minister in shirtsleeves, in a comparative perspective

  • 2014 – 2016: supervisor PhD-project Egon Bauwelinck, The case for presentism: Georges Sorel (1847 – 1922), Charles Péguy (1873 – 1914) and their legacy

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Expertpanel Cult3 Research Foundation Flanders

  • Universitaire Stichting/Fondation Universitaire

  • Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België/Royal Flemish Academy


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