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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.

Les "Journaux de Guerre" - Promotions

 This Series on the Second World War now at Reduced Prices  

This weekly periodical is unique in that it relates the history of the two World Wars and the interwar period through the press of these periods. Since December, the complete series or individual issues on the First World War and the interwar period can be purchased at a discount price. This price reduction now also applies to the series on the Second World War. They can be ordered via Isabelle Delvaux
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Journal of Belgian History – 14-18 takes centre stage in the ‘Debate’ section


The new double issue of the JBH has been published. It contains six articles on a variation of subjects as well as a 'debate' section which, halfway through the period of the centenary commemorations of 14-18, proposes a critical view on the commemorative phenomenon, but also on the new fields of research and distribution of knowledge with regard to the First World War.
To order (50€ - postage not included), see the website of the journal: www.journalbelgianhistory.be


Two publications for sale – The Cradle of the Second World War & Archival Image

During the Second World War in Belgium, children are born out of relations between Belgian women and German soldiers. Who were there parents and how did they meet ? The book by Gerlinda Swillen, associated researcher at CegeSoma, looks into these relations and their consequences.

What makes an image an archival document ? The original idea of the study co-directed by Julie Maeck, researcher at CegeSoma is to identify, on the basis of a wide variety of media, the processes that contribute in giving the image an archival status.

New Publications - The Mysteries of Military Courts and of Contemporary Justice


The Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) 'Justice and Populations' has published no less than two new publications. The first deepens our knowledge on military justice and gives an overview of the collections for future research. The second introduces the reader to the mysteries of the judicial world on the basis of a series of keywords.


Colloquium - Inside the User’s Mind


On 22 February 2017, CegeSoma will organize, in cooperation with the partners of the MADDLAIN project, a colloquium on the digital practices and needs of the users of archive centres and libraries.

Whether you are an amateur or a professional researcher responsible for digitization in a heritage institution, an archivist or a collections curator, this  study day entirely dedicated to the needs of the public may interest you !
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International colloquium– Minorities in/at War - 9 & 10 March 2017

On 9 and 10 March 2017, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in collaboration with CegeSoma organizes an international colloquium at the Royal Library of Belgium: “Minorities in/at War”. The violence perpetrated against minorities is one key issue, while their legal protection, is another. The conference tackles the period from 1912 to 1923. Lectures by historians from Europe, North America and the Middle East will be alternated with discussions. Attention will also be given to contemporary issues related to these questions.

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EHRI - Candidate Call

 Candidate Call for EHRI fellowships at CegeSoma (deadline: 31 March 2017)

The EHRI project (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, of which CegeSoma is a consortium partner) wants to support and encourage Holocaust research. EHRI offers multiple fellowships to researchers so that they can undertake their research in different European scientific institutions, such as CegeSoma. If you want to apply for a fellowship, you can visit our brand new site specifically aimed at future fellows. Deadline: 31 March 2017.

Continued Holocaust Research - A necessity for Europe

 On the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz in the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek - former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament - and Christian Ehler - Member of the European Parliament since 2004 - call for an active role of national governments of all EU member states in supporting both national and international Holocaust research.

Since 2010 the EU, has supported the EHRI-project (of which CegeSoma is a consortium partner) in building a  European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.
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