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    5037 DB Tilburg


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1993 …2019
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  • 11 February 1993: PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude). Title dissertation: Laverend tussen Kerk en wereld. De pastoors in Noord-Brabant 1400-1570 ('Navigating between the Church and the World. The Parish Priests in Northern Brabant 1400-1570') (Amsterdam: VU Uitgeverij, 1993). Promotor: prof. dr. Hilde de Ridder-Symoens.
  • 22 May 1987: Master's Degree in Medieval History Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • 30 November 1983: Bachelor's Degree in Medieval History Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen.


  • 2018 Associate Fellow Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Mittelalterliche Geschichte II
  • 2016- Academic Director teacher training programme civic education and social sciences
  • 2014 Fellow Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome
  • 2011 Visiting Professor Venice International University
  • 2009 VNC Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2006-2011 Postdoc in the research project 'Town and Countryside: The Dynamic Symbiosis (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • 2004- Associate Professor for Sociocultural History in Department of Sociology at Tilburg University
  • 1999- Professor for the Regional History and Ethnology of Brabant at Tilburg University
  • 1998-1999 Junior Fellow Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • 1995-1998 Postdoc Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1994-1995 Visiting Scholar History Department Princeton University
  • 1993-1994 Assistant Professor Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1992-1993 History teacher Elzendaal College Boxmeer
  • 1988-1992 PhD-student Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Research interests

Regional History, Regional Identity,  Cultural Heritage, and Cultural Heritage, particularly of Brabant.

Thematic focus: 1. Regional dimensions of Europe's cultural history; 2. Public History; 3. Medieval History; 4.  Holocaust

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctoral Degree, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 May 19881 May 1992

History, Master’s Degree, Universiteit van Amsterdam

History, Other, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

1 Sep 198030 Nov 1983

External positions

Board member (VZW Verhalis)

6 Mar 2018 → …

Member advisory committee Tilburg Cobbenhagen Center (Tilburg University)

1 Jan 2016 → …

Member scientific committee (Fryske Akademy)

1 Jan 2016 → …

Editorial board member (Memoria and Remembrance Practices)

1 Jan 2016 → …

Editorial board member (The Medieval Low Countries)

1 Jan 2014 → …

Editor in chief (Stichting Maaslandse Monografieen)

1 Jan 2013 → …

President (Stichting Knippenbergprijs)

1 Jan 2010 → …

Board member (Stichting Verhalis)

1 Jan 2009 → …

President (Stichting Brabantse Bronnen)

1 Jan 2009 → …

Editor in chief historical journal (Stichting Erfgoed Brabant)

1 Jan 2004 → …

Board member (Stichting Colloquium De Brabantse Stad)

1 Jan 2001 → …

Chief editor historical series (Stichting ZHC)

1 Jan 2001 → …

Member advisory committee library (Tilburg University)

1 Jan 2000 → …

Member editorial board (Stichting Erfgoed Brabant)

1 Jan 1995 → …

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Jewish Family Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Tilburg Arts & Humanities
The Netherlands Arts & Humanities
Visual Memory Arts & Humanities
Destiny Arts & Humanities
Documentary Film Arts & Humanities
Life Story Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 1993 2019

An infants' graveyard? Region, religion, and infant mortality in North Brabant, 1840-1940

Walhout, E. C., 2019, Ede: Print Service Ede. 226 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

Creating commemorative communities: Remembering the holocaust in the 21st-century Netherlands

Bijsterveld, A-J. A., 1 Jul 2019, Memoria – Erinnerungskultur – Historismus: Zum Gedenken an Otto Gerhard Oexle (28. August 1939 – 16. Mai 2016). Schilp, T. & Horch, C. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, p. 315-331 (MEMO. Memoria and Remembrance Practices ; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

House of memories: Uncovering the past of a Dutch Jewish family

Bijsterveld, A-J. A., 2019, Second revised edition ed. Hilversum: Verloren Publishers. 488 p. (Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis van het Zuiden van Nederland)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Jewish Family
Family History

Activities 1998 2016

  • 4 Editorial activity

Memoria and Remembrance Practices (Journal)

A.J.A. Bijsterveld (Editorial board member), Douglas Brine (Editorial board member), Truus van Bueren (Editorial board member), Samuel K. Cohn (Editorial board member), Julian Gardner (Editorial board member), Dieter Geuenich (Editorial board member), Jens Lieven (Editorial board member), Meta Niederkorn (Editorial board member), Thomas Schilp (Editorial board member), Corine Schleif (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

The Medieval Low Countries (Journal)

Paul Bertrand (Editorial board member), A.J.A. Bijsterveld (Editorial board member), Mario Damen (Editorial board member), Bram van den Hoven van Genderen (Editorial board member), Martha C. Howell (Editorial board member), Jos Koldeweij (Editorial board member), Rob Meens (Editorial board member), James M. Murray (Editorial board member), Pit Péporté (Editorial board member), Diane J. Reilly (Editorial board member), Nicolas Schroeder (Editorial board member), Walter Simons (Editorial board member), Paul Trio (Editorial board member), Richard Unger (Editorial board member), Hugo van der Velden (Editorial board member), Hanno Wijsman (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Maaslandse Monografieën (Journal)

A.J.A. Bijsterveld (Editorial board member), Erik Aerts (Editorial board member), Joop de Jong (Editorial board member), Robert Nouwen (Editorial board member), Louis Berkvens (Editorial board member), Ad Knotter (Editorial board member), Willibrord Rutten (Editorial board member), Angélique Janssens (Editorial board member), Eddy Put (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Noordbrabants Historisch Jaarboek (Journal)

A.J.A. Bijsterveld (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

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