The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.

Theme: commemoration and remembrance

  • Front 14-18. The Experience of Battle in WWI and the Fascist Culture of Violence in Post-War Germany External publication

    M. Van Alstein (2018), 'Front 14 - 18. The Experience of Battle in WWI and the Fascist Culture of Violence in Post-War Germany' , in Getuigen tussen geschiedenis en herinnering, nr 127, p. 53 - 62

    In his contribution Maarten Van Alstein examines the impact of the experience of battle in WWI on the development of a fascist culture of violence in post-war Germany. He explains how, in the context of a conquered and internally torn ... read more

  • The Memory of Peace External publication

    M. Van Alstein (2017), ‘The Memory of Peace’, in D. Praet (ed.), Philosophy of War and Peace, Brussel: VUBPress, p. 187-199

    Though views on and motives for warfare have changed over the centuries, Philosophy of War and Peace proves that many past ideas still merit consideration today. This collection of essays addresses the historical, cultural and political background of various views ... read more

  • Excavating a hidden past:’ The forensic turn in Spain’s collective memory External publication

    L. Colaert (2016), ’Excavating a hidden past:’ The forensic turn in Spain’s collective memory’, in M. T. Starzmann and J. R. Roby, Excavating memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting, Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

    The book Excavating Memory gives an overview of historical and sociocultural approaches to memory as a contested social practice in the present rather than as a passive recollection of the past. Lore Colaert wrote a chapter on forensic exhumations as ... read more

  • History from the grave? Politics of time in Spanish mass grave exhumations External publication

    B. Bevernage, B & L. Colaert (2014), ‘History from the grave? Politics of time in Spanish mass grave exhumations’, in Memory Studies, vol. 7, nr. 4, p.440-456.

    During the last decade, a Spanish memory movement has exhumed a great number of mass graves from the Civil War (1936–1939) and Francoist repression (1939–1975). This exhumation campaign is often interpreted as a natural reaction to a traumatic past, and ... read more

  • 14-18 in Close-Up: inspiration for local projects about the Great War Factsheet

    Publicatiedatum: 16/11/2012

    The war of 14-18 marked the beginning of the 20th century. 100 years later, at the beginning of the 21st century, the history of the Great War has remained relevant for present-day people and societies. Public interest in the war ... read more

  • Advice concerning the international declaration on Flanders Fields

    As an integral part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Flemish authorities, in concert with like-minded foreign partners, intend to sign the International Declaration on Flanders Fields, which calls on all states to uphold ... read more

  • Advice concerning the cross-curricular attainment targets: remembrance and peace education

    On 22 April 2009, the Flemish Parliament adopted a Parliamentary Act introducing new attainment targets and development goals in primary and secondary education. Two of the new cross-curricular attainment targets in secondary education focus on avoiding intolerance and racism, and ... read more