Dr. Maarten Van Alstein

Dr. Maarten Van Alstein

Dr. Maarten Van Alstein


Leuvenseweg 86 - 1000 Brussel
E-mail: maarten.vanalstein@vlaamsparlement.be
T +32 (0)2 552 4597 | F +32 (0)2 552 4408

Maarten Van Alstein (°1978) holds a graduate degree in History, a candidate degree in Law, and a Master in International Politics. Previously, he has worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp, where he received a doctor's degree with a dissertation on the Belgian diplomatic elite and the origins of the Cold War. Since May 2010, he works as researcher at the Peace Institute.

Within the research programme on 'Peace & society' he focuses on remembrance and the politics of memory. Within the programme 'Arms trade and arms production', he conducts research on gun control and firearms possession in Belgium.

As a guest lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp, in 2017-2018
he teaches a research seminar on the political class in times of superdiversity and polarisation.
He is member of the editorial committees of Testimony between History and Memory, the international
journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Brussels, and of Streven. Cultural and societal journal.

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Selected bibliography

  • M. Van Alstein (2018), Omgaan met controverse en polarisatie in de klas (Dealing with Controversy and Polarisation in the Classroom), Kalmthout: Pelckmans Pro.
  • M. Verplancke, A. Dejaeghere, S. Schepers & M. Van Alstein (red.) (2017), Vroeger gaat niet over. Herinneringseducatie als pedagogische praktijk, LannooCampus.
  • M. Van Alstein (2016), De IJzertoren als memoriaal van de Vlaamse ontvoogding en vrede [The Yser Tower as Memorial of Flemish Emancipation and Peace], Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2015), Firearms and Violent Deaths in Europe. An Exploratory Analysis of the Linkages Between Gun Ownership, Firearms Legislation and Violent Death, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute
  • M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Memories of War & Peace in Flanders Fields: The Great War Centenary and the Memory Boom’, in European Review of International Studies, 1(2), p. 31-49.
  • G. Nath & M. Van Alstein (2012), 14-18 van dichtbij. Inspiratiegids voor lokale projecten over de Grote Oorlog, Leuven & Den Haag: Acco.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Gun Ownership in Belgium, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • M. Van Alstein (2011), The Great War Remembered. Commemoration and Peace in Flanders Fields, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2011), Vuurwapens. Handel, bezit en gebruik, Leuven & Den Haag: Acco, 243 p.N.