Wim Blockmans (Willem Pieter) - Curriculum Vitae#

Belgian citizen
Married with Dr Ann Delva, two children, born 1973 and 1975

Professional addresses:
  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meijboomlaan 1, NL 2242 PR WASSENAAR
  • Institute for History, Leiden University, PB 9515, NL 2300 RA LEIDEN

  • Royal Athenaeum, Berchem-Antwerp, 1956-62
  • Studies in History, University of Ghent, 1962-66 (licence and ‘aggrégation de l’enseignement’)PhD in History at the University of Ghent, 1973 (cum laude)

Academic Positions
  • Rector, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar, 2002-2010
  • Professor in Medieval History at Leiden University, 1987-2010
From 1993 to 2000 also in charge of Contemporary European History in the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Professor, 1980-87 and Reader, 1975-79 in Social and Politi¬cal His¬t¬ory, E¬r¬a¬s¬mus U¬n¬i¬v¬e¬r¬s¬ity Rotterdam
  • Reader in History, Provincial Institute for Translators and Interpreters, Ghent, 1974-88
  • Research assistant, 1966-73 and senior assistant, 1973-75 at the Univer¬sity of Ghent

Field of Scholarship

Professor Wim Blockmans studied History at the University of Ghent where he obtained his PhD (cum laude) in 1973. He continued to work at the University of Ghent as senior assistant until 1975. In 1974, he also took on the post of Reader in History at the Provincial Institute for Translators and Interpreters in Ghent, which he continued to do until 1988, even after he took up a post in the Netherlands in 1975.

In 1975, he took the opportunity to work as a historian among social scientists as Reader in Social and Political History in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. This led to a professorship in 1980. From 1980 to 1989 he was also Dean of that same Faculty.

By 1987, the time was right to move closer to the centre of historical research and education and he moved to Leiden where he became professor of Medieval History. During this period he supervised over 35 PhD students. Nevertheless, the social sciences still continued to hold an attraction and he was also in charge of Contemporary European History in the Leiden Faculty of Social Sciences from 1993 to 2000.

Since 2002, Wim Blockmans has held the post of Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. In this capacity, he supervises the academic programme, supervises the selection of fellows and attends to the daily running of this research institute.

Scientific Memberships and Functions
  • Foreign Member, Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2004
  • Corresponding Fellow, The British Academy, 2003
  • The Royal Historical Society, 1997
  • Academia Europaea, 1996
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verfas¬sungsge¬schich¬te, 1993
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990
  • Hollandsche Maatschappij voor Wetenschappen, 1986
  • Member of the editorial board of The Journal for Medieval History (1987-2009), Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden (1987-93), Beleid en Maatschappij (1993-96), Namens (1987-90).
  • Editor-in-chief of the twelve-volume series 'The Roots of Western Civilization', published in 1992-94 in Dutch, English and Finnish, with compact editions in French and Dutch.

International Academic Functions
  • Chair, Panel SH6 ‘The Human Past’ for the Advanced Grants of the European Research Council, 2008-
  • Chair, Review Panel Humanities and Social Sciences, European Young Investigators Awards, 2004, 2005
  • President, Comitato Scientifico, Istituto di Storia Economica Francesco Datini, Prato, 2006- (member since 1999)
  • Chair, Odysseus Review Panel FWO (Flanders), 2006-2008.
  • Chair, NetIAS a Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study, 2004-2010
  • Chair, Visiting Committee of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2003
  • Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities, European Science Foundation, 1993-1998
  • President of the Research Program 'Origins of the Modern State in Europe', sponsored by the European Science Foundation, 1987-92
  • Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsindicatoren Geisteswissenschaften, Wissenschaftsrat, Germany, 2009.
  • Gutachtergruppe Geisteswissenschaftliche Kollegs, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany, 2007-2009.
  • Program Committee for the ‘Exzellenzinitiative’ of the Wissenschaftsrat and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2005-
  • Programme Committee EuroScience Open Forum Stockholm 2004, Munich 2006, Barcelona 2008
  • Visiting Committee University of Oxford, Faculty of History, 2008
  • Visiting Committee University Bologna, Institute for Medieval History, 2004
  • Visiting Committee of the Fakultät Geisteswissenschaften Salzburg, 2002-3
  • Assembly, and Academic Council, Collegium Budapest, 2002-2008 / 2005-
  • External Advisory Committee to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, International University of Bremen, 2001-2007
  • Expert Committee to the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2001
  • External Advisory Panel, History Faculty, Oxford, 1999-2005
  • Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Münster, 1998-
  • Expert for the Evaluation of Historical Research in Switzerland by the Schweitzerischer Wissenschaftsrat, 1996-97
  • Expert, Visiting Committee of the Universities of Paris I and IV, Sorbonne, 1994
  • Board, 1987-2001, and Vice-president, 1998-2001 of the Centre européen d'études bourguignonnes (XIVe-XVIe siècles)
  • Vice-President, International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, 1980-90

Functions in the Academic Administration in the Netherlands
  • Member, Advisory Council for Science and Technology of the Dutch Government (Adviesraad voor Wetenschaps- en Technologiebeleid), 2004-2010
  • Member, Visiting Panel Arts and Letters Faculty, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 2003
  • Chair, Council for the Humanities of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, 2003-2006
  • Chair, Program commission ‘Transformation of Arts and Culture’, NWO, 2002-2007
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, 2000-2002
  • Member, Supervisory Board of the Research Institutes in the Humanities of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, 1998-2001
  • Vice-President, previously Board member of the Foundation Praemium Erasmianum, 1996- 2006.
  • Member, Committee for the Heineken Prize for History, 1991-97 and 2001-06
  • Member, Scholarship Committee of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 1995-98
  • Chair, Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies, 1994-2000
  • Member, Board of the Institute for Dutch History, 1991-2000
  • Chair, History Department, Leiden University, 1991-93
  • Member, University Council, Leiden, 1989-94, and Chair, Committee for Education and Research, 1991-94
  • Member, Board of the Netherlands Network for Research in Medieval Studies, 1988-92
  • Member, Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Research Organisation NWO, 1982-88
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1980-83
  • Chair, Department for Comparative Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1978-80

  • Laureate, Fondation universitaire, Brussels, 1968
  • Laureate, Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences, 1973
  • Laureate, Research Travel Scheme of the Belgian Government, 1975
  • Winkler Prins Prize, 1980
  • Ad Fontes Award, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1984
  • Fellow, NIAS, 1997-98
  • Commander in the Order of Leopold II, 2000
  • Duke of Arenberg Prize for General History, 2002
  • Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion, 2008


Invited lectures on international scholarly conferences have been held in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US.


Various types of teaching have been provided for students in history, political and administration sciences, sociology, translation studies.

Summer courses have been thought in the University of Calgary in 1992.

In the national Dutch Graduate School for Medieval Studies, whose chair I have been for five years, organised various courses and seminars for PhD students, in which I took a fair share.

Thesis Supervision

35 PhD theses have been defended at various universities under my (co-)supervision, four others are under preparation.

I served as a member of PhD examination committees abroad at the EUI, in Ghent (5x), Paris IV (2x), Louvain-la-Neuve, Leuven, and as a member of Habilitation-committees in Paris I, IV and Bern.

Postdoc coaching

Currently, two collective research programmes are underway under my supervision at Leiden University. They include(d) five postdocs and four PhD students.

Previously, I successfully coached ten other young researchers in the competition for research grants by a.o. NWO, the KNAW, The Leverhulme Trust, The Finnish Academy, The Belgian Government.

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