Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld
  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 819

    5037 DB Tilburg


Accepting PhD Students

1993 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile



  • 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, and Cultural Heritage, particularly of Brabant.

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

Current courses

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Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctoral Degree, Navigating between the Church and the World: Parish Priests in North Brabant, 1400-1570, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 May 19881 May 1992

Award Date: 11 Feb 1993

History, Master’s Degree, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 22 May 1987

History, Other, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

1 Sept 198030 Nov 1983

Award Date: 30 Nov 1983

External positions

Member advisory council (Stichting Gijzelaarskampen Sint-Michielsgestel)

1 Jan 2024 → …

Jury member to award a prize for the best monography on local and regional history of the Netherlands (Professor Van Winterfonds)

22 Jun 202331 Oct 2027

Member of the editorial board (Revue d’Histoire du Brabant wallon)

7 Jun 2022 → …

Board member (Huizinga Instituut. Onderzoekschool voor cultuurgeschiedenis)

29 Nov 2021 → …

President of the editorial board (Memoria and Remembrance Practices)

27 Jul 2020 → …

Member advisory committee Tilburg Cobbenhagen Center (Tilburg University)

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2021

Member scientific committee (Fryske Akademy)

1 Jan 201622 Sept 2020

Editorial board member (The Medieval Low Countries)

1 Jan 2014 → …

Editor in chief (Stichting Maaslandse Monografieen)

1 Jan 201315 Sept 2022

President (Stichting Knippenbergprijs)

1 Jan 201028 Apr 2020

President (Stichting Brabantse Bronnen)

1 Jan 20091 Sept 2021

Board member (Stichting Verhalis)

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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  • 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)


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  • 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)


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