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Geert Castryck
Maarten Van Alstein
Researcher
Flemish Peace Institute
Leuvenseweg 86
B-1000 Brussel
tel. +32 2 552 45 97
fax +32 2 552 44 08
[email protected]
http://www.flemishpeaceinstitute.eu
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 a
researcher at the Peace Institute. Within the research programme on 'Conflict & Violence in Society'
he focuses on war remembrance and the politics of memory.
Degrees
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Graduate in Mediation – University of Antwerp-Ghent (2013-2014)
PhD in Political Science – University of Antwerp (2009)
MA in International Politics – University of Antwerp and Università di Bologna (2002)
Candidate in Law – University of Antwerp (2001)
MA in History – University of Ghent (2000)
BA in History – University of Antwerp (1998)
Career
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Researcher Flemish Peace Institute (2010 – present)
Consultant-researcher International Peace Information Service (2009-2010)
Teaching assistant and PhD student at the Departement of Political Science, University of
Antwerp (2003-2009)
Publications
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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.
M. Van Alstein (2016), ‘The Memory of Peace’, in D. Praet (ed.), Philosophy of War and
Peace, Gent: International Philosophy Olympiad, p. 149-160.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2016), Guns for Sale. The Belgian Illicit Gun Market in a
European Perspective, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
M. Van Alstein (2016), ‘Koloniale spoken in het Antwerpse Middelheimpark’, in Streven, 83(1),
p. 4-6.
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.
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N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2015), Gun Control in Belgium. A Review of the Effects of the
2006 Weapons Law, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
M. Van Alstein (2015), ‘L’Italia balla! (van Il Gattopardo tot La Grande Bellezza)’, in Streven,
82(3), p. 197-209.
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. 3149.
M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Landscapes of War Memory’, in Jimmy Kets, The Graves Are Nice this
Time of Year, Veurne: Hannibal, p. 6-10.
M. Van Alstein (2014), From Ypres to Brussels? Europe, Peace, and the Commemoration of
WWI, Heinrich Böll Stiftung EU
(http://eu.boell.org/sites/default/files/uploads/2014/06/from_ypres_to_brussels.pdf)
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Vuurwapen te koop. Het profiel van de legale en illegale
markt voor vuurwapens in België’ [Firearms for Sale. The Legal and Illegal Market for
Firearms in Belgium], in T. Baum, S. Depauw & N. Duquet (red.), Belgische wapenhandel
[Belgian Arms Trade], Leuven & Den Haag: Acco, p. 121-144.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Armes à feu illégales en Belgique’, in La Journal de la
Police, novembre 2014, p. 28-31.
M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Jagen met vuurwapens in Vlaanderen’ [Hunting with Firearms in
Flanders], in Het Politiejournaal, april 2014, p. 28-30.
M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘De republiek der digits’ [The Republic of Digits], in Streven, 81(3), p.
195-196.
M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Spookbeelden van de slagvelden. Le Mort Homme, een foto van Bart
Michiels’ [Spectral Images of the Battlefields.Le Mort Homme, a Photograph by Bart Michiels],
in Gierik & Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift, nr. 121, p. 48-52.
M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Tijden van herinnering. De eeuwherdenking van 14-18’ [Times of
Memory. The Centenary of 14-18], in Ons Erfdeel, nr. 4, p. 14-21.
M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Zwarte gaten in Manhattan. De memorialisering van het trauma van
9/11’ [Black Holes in Manhattan. The Memorialization of the Trauma of 9/11], in Streven,
80(10), p. 895-906.
M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Het geheugen van vrede’ [The Memory of Peace], in J. Kustermans en
T. Sauer (red.), Vechten voor vrede [Fighting for Peace], Leuven: Lannoocampus, p. 75-88.
G. Castryck, N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Peace Education in Flanders, Belgium:
Grassroots Organizations at Work in Schools’, in I. Harris (ed.), Peace Education from the
Grassroots, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
T. Baum & M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘Veiligheidspolitiek: de gevolgen voor vrede’ [Security
Politics: the Consequences for Peace], in Streven, 80(5), p. 388-401.
M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘De radicale moderniteit van cybergeweld: een poging tot inzicht’ [The
Radical Modernity of Cyber Violence], in Streven, 80(1), p. 26-37.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2013), ‘La loi sur les armes et le décret portant statut du tireur
sportif: les pièces du puzzle s’emboîtent-elles ?’, in La Journal de la Police, octobre 2013, p.
12-15.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Jagen met vuurwapens in Vlaanderen: draagvlak,
regelgeving, feiten & cijfers [Hunting with firearms in Flanders: support, legislation, facts and
figures], Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Sportschieten met vuurwapens. Een analyse van het
draagvlak, het juridisch kader en de praktijk in Vlaanderen [Sport shooting with firearms: An
analysis of the support, juridical framework and practice in Flanders], Brussels: Flemish Peace
Institute.
G. Nath & M. Van Alstein (2012), 14-18 van dichtbij. Inspiratiegids voor lokale projecten over
de Grote Oorlog [14-18. Inspiration guide for local projects about the Great War], Leuven &
Den Haag: Acco.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Gun Ownership in Belgium, Brussels: Flemish Peace
Institute.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Jagen met vuurwapens in Vlaanderen [Hunting with
Firearms in Flanders], Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
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N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Sportschieten met vuurwapens [Sports Shooting in
Flanders], Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), De registratie en traceerbaarheid van ingevoerde
vuurwapens [The registration and tracing of imported firearms], Brussels: Flemish Peace
Institute.
M. Van Alstein (2011), ‘From Enigma to Enemy: Paul-Henri Spaak, the Belgian Diplomatic
Elite, and the Soviet Union, 1944-1945’, in Journal of Cold War Studies, 13(3), p. 126-148.
M. Van Alstein (2011), The Great War Remembered. Commemoration and Peace in Flanders
Fields, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
M. Van Alstein (2011), ‘Een oefening in herinneringsarcheologie. De herdenking en
memorialisering van de slag van Verdun’ [An exercise in memorial archeology.
Commemoration and memorialization in Verdun], in Streven, 78(5), p. 413-425.
N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2011), Vuurwapens. Handel, bezit en gebruik [Firearms. Trade,
possession and use], Leuven & Den Haag: Acco, 243 p.
M. Van Alstein (2011), ‘1945-1949: Nederland en België en de nieuwe wereldorde’ [19451949: The Netherlands and Belgium and the new world order], in: R. Coolsaet en D. Hellema
(eds.), Nederlands – Belgische betrekkingen van 1945 tot heden, Amsterdam: Boom.
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F. Migneault, I. la O’ and M. Van Alstein (2010), War Commemoration Reconsidered,
Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
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M. Van Alstein (2009), ‘The Meaning of Hostile Bipolarization. Interpreting the Origins of the
Cold War’, in Cold War History, 9(3), p. 301-319.
M. Van Alstein (2009), ‘De Belgische diplomatieke elite, Spaak, en het ontstaan van de
hegemonische Koude Oorlogsconsensus 1944-1949’ [The Belgian diplomatic elite, Spaak,
and the origins of the hegemonic Cold War consensus 1944-1949], PhD dissertation,
Departement of Political Science, University of Antwerp.
M. Van Alstein (2009), ‘Wat betekende de Koude Oorlog? Belgische diplomaten en de
vijandige bipolarisering: Edouard Le Ghait en Baron Hervé de Gruben’ [What did the Cold War
mean? Belgian diplomats and hostile bipolarization: Edouard Le Ghat and Baron Hervé de
Gruben], in Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis, 20, p. 103-143.
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M. Van Alstein (2007), ‘No More War’? Belgian Reception of the League of Nations and
Arbitration after the First World War, in Diplomacy and Statecraft, 18(1), p.133-153.
Y. Vanden Berghe, M. Van Alstein en L. Neeb (2004), Flemish Foreign Policy with regard to
Central and Eastern Europe (1992-2003), Brugge: UNU-CRIS Occasional Papers, 2004/3.
Conference contributions and guest lectures (selection)
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The Fog of War Commemoration, paper presented at 9 Pan-European Conference on
International Relations (EISA), Giardini-Naxos, 25 September 2015.
A Realist View: The Belgian Diplomatic Elite and the League of Nations, Seminar International
Law and Arbitration From The Hague Conferences to the League of Nations: Global and
Belgian perspectives, University of Antwerp, 2 June 2015.
Memory in Post-violence societies, Seminar ‘Remembering. An exchange of experiences in
practices of memory transmission of contemporary international crimes, RCN Justice &
Démocratie, Brussels, 18-19 May 2015.
The Course of History, introduction at opening of photography exhibition Bart Michiels,
Bruges, 23 April 2015.
On Violence. A Modern Odyssey, Studium Generale AP University College Antwerp, 24
February 2015.
The Commemoration of WWI in Flanders, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlijn, 19
november 2014.
The EU’s Strategy to Tackle Illegal Firearms in Europe, paper presented with Nils Duquet at
ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 6 September 2014.
Illegal Firearms in Belgium: acquisition and risks, with Nils Duquet, Study Day ‘Illegal
Possession of Firearms’, Brussels, 12 June 2014.
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Researching Gun Control in Europe, seminar ‘Firearms in Europe’, Brussels, 6 December
2013.
Hunting in Flanders with Firearms, Study Day ‘The Weapons Law and Hunting Regulations’,
Antwerp 28 November 2013.
100 Years WWI, Study Day GoneWest, Bruges, 17 September 2013.
The Memory of Peace, paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Bordeaux, 7
September 2013.
Edouard Le Ghait: a Belgian Cold War critic, paper presented at Conference ‘Belgian
diplomats and their history. New research perspectives’, Antwerp, 22 September 2011.
Presentation ‘An explorative survey among Flemish stakeholders’, Workshop ‘The Great War
Centenary. Landscapes and sites of memory of the Great War’ (Diksmuide, 17 September
2011)
The Great War Remembered. Commemoration and Peace in Flanders Fields, paper
presented at ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, 26 August 2011
Discussant in round table ‘Lessons from the Past?’, Workshop ‘100 Years Great War.
Heritage, commemoration and remembrance (Brussels, 16 June 2011)
Archives and Cold War Research in Belgium, lecture at conference ‘Sources for the study of
Belgian Foreign Policy and European Integration’, National Archives, Brussels, 8 October
2010
From Enigma to Enemy: Paul-Henri Spaak, the Belgian Diplomatic Elite, and the Soviet Union,
1944-1945, paper presented at Politicologen Etmaal, Leuven, 27 mei 2010
Belgian Diplomacy and Hostile Bipolarization 1944-1949: A History of Cold War Thinking in
Belgian Diplomats, paper presented at the ‘Interpretation in Policy Analysis: Research and
Practice’ Conference, Amsterdam, 31 May – 2 June 2007.

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