Chantal Kesteloot has a PhD in Contemporary History (Université libre de Bruxelles, 2001). Since 1992, she has been a member of the permanent team of the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CegeSoma) (, currently in charge of the sector of public history. Her main areas of interest are the history of Brussels, memory of the war and Belgian history; issues of nationalism and national identities. Shane is also the Corresponding Secretary of the International Federation for Public History.

selected publications:

“De la séparation administrative au nationalisme belge : la quête identitaire du mouvement wallon à la faveur de la Grande Guerre”, in Sylvain Gregori & Jean-Paul Pellegrinetti (dir.), Minorités, identités régionales et nationales en guerre 1914-1918, PUR, Rennes, 2017.

(with Laurence van Ypersele), ‘Pour une analyse du phénomène commémoratif” in Revue belge d’Histoire contemporaine, XLVI, 2016, n°3-4, pp. 207-222.

(with Bruno Benvido), Bruxelles, ville occupée, 1914-1914, La Renaissance du Livre, 2016.

(with Mélanie Bost), Les commémorations de la Première Guerre mondiale (Courrier hebdomadaire du CRISP, n°2235-2236), Bruxelles, 2014.

Chantal Kesteloot (dir.), Albert & Elisabeth. Le film de la vie d’un couple royal, Bruxelles, Mardaga, 2014.

(with Laurence van Ypersele and Emmanuel Debruyne), Brussels. Memory and War (1914-2014), Bruxelles, La Renaissance du Livre, 2014.

Régionalisme wallon et nationalisme flamand. D’autres projets ou simplement un autre nom ?, Bruxelles, ASP Editions, 2013.

(with Bodil Axelsson and Christine Dupont) (dir.), Entering the Minefields : the Creation of New History Museums in Europe. Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past, and the European Citizen, Brussels 25 January 2012, EuNaMus Report n°9. Available at

“The Role of the War in National Societies: The Exemples of Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands”, in Experience and Memory. The Second World War in Europe edited by Jörg Echternkamp and Stefan Martens, New York/Oxford, Berghahn, 2013.

(With Bruno De Wever), “When was the End of Belgium ? Explanations from the Past”, in Journal of Belgian History, XLII, 2012, 4, p. 218-234. Available at