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Welcome to CEGESOMA

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary 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. As a federal institution it is, together with the State Archives and the Royal Library, part of the Documentation Pole. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.

Terrorists in Belgium? The Persecution of the Belgian Resistance by the German Military Justice (1940-1944)

During the Second World War, our country faced a terrorism problem. At least, this is how the Germans liked to define the acts of violence by the Resistance against the occupying authorities and the collaboration. For many years, historian Dimitri Roden has studied the methods by which the German military justice wanted to make Belgium a safer place, at least for the occupying authorities. He will talk about it on 2 December. Read more...

Conference “Doing Justice in Wartime”


In the framework of the PAI “Justice and Populations”, CegeSoma organises an international conference on 3 and 4 December 2015. The conference is titled "Doing Justice in Wartime. Multiple Interplays Between Justice & Populations During the Two World Wars".
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The Belgian Military Security Unveiled


An Exhibition Open from November 7 until December 5

CegeSoma is a partner of the “Classified” exhibition, organized by the General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) to commemorate a century of military intelligence. The GISS was established during WWI to counter enemy espionage.
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De Ontmoeting: WWI Heritage and Research

  The “Ontmoeting” was scheduled to take place for the first time on 9 December 2015. The idea is to organise an interactive seminar which gathers history researchers with people from the Flemish cultural heritage sector. The central topic will be WWI. This seminar has been postposed until the first half of 2016. The exact date will be announced soon.
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A Number of Periodicals Temporarily Unavailable

The periodicals from the years between 1940 and 1944 are being digitized, and will be thus unavailable to the readers during a few months. The list of their location numbers can be found here.


CegeSoma Info: the Bulletin’s Second Life

CegeSoma Info 2015


To better meet the readers' expectations and needs, this year we decided to transform the traditional Bulletin into CegeSoma Info (available here). Our yearly publication is henceforward a 12-pages long newspaper containing around 50 short and richly illustrated articles about our activities. But there's more….
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CegeSoma Taking the Lead in Sustainable Digital Publishing Project


CegeSoma coordinates a project entitled “Open History – Workshops on sustainable digital publishing of archival catalogues of twentieth-century history archives” in the context of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) Theme call 2015 on “Open Humanities”. Together with four other initiative taking partner institutions, this project focusses on the current challenges of sustainable digital publishing of archival descriptions. Read more...

Historians Olympics : the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Jinan (China)

 From 22 to 29 August, more than 2000 historians from 90 countries have participated in the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS) in Jinan, in the Chinese province of Shandong. It was the first time the Congress was held in Asia. It has taken place every five years since its creation in 1926 and aspires to reflect the debates related to the community of historians.

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