The team

ZOG staff:

Carlo Lejeune, born in 1963, historian, head of the ZOG since 2013, member of the Executive Board and the Advisory Board. After studying in Louvain-la-Neuve, Bonn and Cologne, Carlo received his PhD in Trier for his thesis on German-Belgian cultural relations (1925-1980). Specialised in the history of East Belgium and its teaching, his focuses include the history of everyday life and society in East Belgium, as well as German-Belgian relations. He started working half-time for the ZOG on 1 September 2013, and has worked there full-time since 1 September 2014.

Alfred Rauw, born in 1958, primary school teacher, ZOG research employee. After working as a teacher for 38 years in Büllingen, he started working full-time for the ZOG on 1 September 2016. He devotes most of his energy to the teaching side of the ZOG’s various projects. He also coordinates the centre’s digitalisation project. His research into the region’s history looks at a range of topics. In 2004 and 2016, Rauw, together with his work group looking into the history of the East Belgian village Mürringen, was awarded the history prize of the German-speaking Community’s Parliament.

Vitus Sproten, born in 1993, historian, is a ZOG research employee. Sproten studied history and politics at the University of Trier and history at the University of Liege, focusing on media history and the history of both Belgium and Germany. He started working half-time at the ZOG on 1 November 2016, while doing his PhD at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) at the University of Luxembourg. His doctoral thesis deals with pop culture and medial exchange in the region between the Meuse and Rhine (i.e. focused on the cities of Aachen, Maastricht and Liege).

Eric Wiesemes, born in 1972, historian, worked as a researcher at the Centre for Regional History. He studied history and politics at the RWTH Aachen. His specialist field is the Second World War in Eupen-Malmedy. He worked for the ZOG from 1 September 2015 (16 hours a week until 1 September 2016) until 1 September 2017 (3 hours a week). His main field of work involved taking care of the database on East Belgian history.

 

The ZOG Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for the centre’s day-to-day business.

Els Herrebout, born in 1961, historian and archivist, is President of the ZOG and a member of the Advisory Board. She studied at the Universities of Louvain and Antwerp. She is head archivist in the Eupen State Archives. She has published several works on the history of East Belgium. Herrebout contributes her archiving know-how and experience to the centre, thereby strengthening the role of the State Archives in the research work on the history of East Belgium.

Carlo Lejeune, Managing Director of the VOG since 2014 (see above).

Wilfried Jousten, born in 1971, librarian, became ZOG Secretary in 2014. After studying library and documentation science in Liege, he became the German-speaking Community Parliament’s librarian and archivist in Eupen. He has published several works, mainly on East Belgian ecclesiastical history, and is a board member of the “Zwischen Venn und Schneifel” historical association and of the association supporting archiving in the German-speaking Community.

Lothar Trantes, born in 1959, became the ZOG’s accountant in 2014. He works as an accountant for a Luxembourg tax advisory firm. Working in a voluntary capacity, he also administers the finances of the Zwischen Venn und Schneifel historical association in Sankt Vith.

 

The ZOG Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is the centre’s think-tank, developing concepts and providing support. It is well-networked with the region as a whole.

Andreas Fickers, born in 1971, is President of the Advisory Board and member of the ZOG Executive Board. He studied history, philosophy and sociology and is now Professor for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) at the University of Luxembourg. His research focuses include European technological history, transnational media history and digital methods of researching history. In 2016, he became head of the interdisciplinary Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) at the University of Luxembourg.

Christoph Brüll, born in 1979, historian, studied at the University of Liege and gained his PhD at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena From 2009 to 2017, he worked as a researcher for the Belgian National Research Foundation (FRS-FNRS) at the University of Liege. In September 2017, he started work as Senior Research Scientist at the University of Luxembourg. In his publications, he looks at German-Belgian relations, transnational politics and social history in Western Europe and the history of historiography.

David Engels, born in 1979, historian (ancient history), studied at the RWTH Aachen, where he also gained his PhD. In 2008, he became Professor for Roman History at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Between 2012 and 2017, he was editor-in-chief of the Latomus journal. His research focuses include the history of Roman religion, the Hellenic Orient, the philosophy of history and the history of reception.

Els Herrebout (see above)

Carlo Lejeune (see above)

Peter M. Quadflieg, born in 1982, studied history, economics and sociology at the RWTH Aachen, where, from 2007 to 2015, he was a scholarship holder and then a research assistant. In 2014, he gained his PhD in the history of economics, sociology and technology. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a trainee archivist in the Hessian State Archives in Marburg (Germany) and at the archiving school in Marburg. In 2017, he became deputy head of the State Archives in Eupen. He has published many articles on contemporary East Belgian history.

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