Karel Velle#

Karel Velle
Membership Number:3345
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:BELGIUM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2005 - today National Archivist (=director-general of the National Archives and State Archives in the Provinces)
  • 2004 - 2005 Advisor, later vice-director of the cabinet of the Minister of Science Policy (http://www.belspo.be) (federal government)
  • 2003 - today Part-time senior lecturer at the department of history of Ghent University
  • 2001 - 2003 Part-time cabinet member of the Minister of Justice
  • 2001 - 2002 Visiting lecturer at the department of modern history of Ghent University
  • 1993 - today Career at the State Archives (senior assistant: 1 February 1993; Senior archivist: 1 December 1995
  • 1991 - 1992 Lecturer at the faculty of medicine of the Rijksuniversiteit Gent (academic year 1991-1992)
  • 1989 - 1993 Contractual attaché and assistant at the State Archives, training at the National Archives in Brussels, later at the State Archives in Beveren
  • 1984 - 1988 Aspirant at the Nationaal Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek NFWO [National funds for scientific research] – posted at the department of modern history of the Rijksuniversiteit Gent
  • 1981 - 1983 Teacher in secondary education: history, Dutch, aesthetics

Fields of Scholarship
  • Policy of the Belgian ministers of justice between the First and the Second World War
  • Social and political history of law and justice during the modern and contemporary period
  • Political history of justice reforms since the 19th century
  • History of the institutions and of civil service (since the late 18th century)
  • Archival sciences
  • Social and cultural history of medicine and society during the modern and contemporary period

Honours and Awards
  • 2010 Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Sciences and the Arts
  • 2007 Member of the Royal Historical Commission (Royal Decree of 14 April 2008)
  • 2006 - 2010 Member of the Executive Board and president of the Audit Commission ACOM of the International Council on Archives (); since September 2010 only member of ACOM; since then secretary-general of EURBICA, the European ‘branch’ of the International Council on Archives and member of the ‘Working group on displaced archives’
  • 2005 Member of the Executive Board of the The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)
  • 2005 Member of the Executive Board of the Belgisch Historisch Instituut te Rome (Belgian Historical Institute in Rome)
  • 2001 - 2007 Member of the historical commission of the Province East-Flanders
  • Member of different executive boards of local or regional historical associations

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