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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.

Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles

 A New Publication by Lieven Saerens on Jews in the CapitalIn September, the new book of historian Lieven Saerens will be published: Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles. Via case studies, families, perpetrators, victims and bystanders, the reader is taken on a journey through a century of Jewish history in Brussels.
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Schools at War. Secondary Education During the Second World War

 Conference with Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde

On Wednesday 10 September 2014, Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde (KU Leuven), former researcher at CEGESOMA will present the results of her Ph. D research which she defended recently.
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Heritage Days Brussels

Square de l'Aviation 29 Opens its Doors on 21 September

On 20 and 21 September 2014, the Brussels Region holds its annual Heritage Days. Central theme this year is 'History and Memory'. On Sunday 21 September 2014, the public can also visit the remarkable building where CEGESOMA is located.
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Examining Belgian Schoolbooks on WW I

 The next Historikerdialog on 16 September in Bruges

The next Historikerdialog will take place on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in the College of  Europe in Bruges. The German (art) historian Kerstin Schwedes will exchange views with cultural history expert Kaat Wils (Leuven) on the transfer of war narratives in school books. International dialogue at its best.
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Save the date

The Army in Belgian History: New Perspectives, New Challenges

CEGESOMA, Josephine Hoegaerts (KU Leuven) and Nel de Mûelenaere (University of Antwerp) invite you to a workshop on 5 November 2014.
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Albert and Elisabeth: Filming the Life of a Royal Couple

Like every year, the Brussels Palace will open its doors during the summer months for the public to discover the  “Science and Culture at the Palaceexhibition, starting on Tuesday 22 July 2014.
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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 7 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the seventh issue has just been published. It can be consulted here .

As a reminder, the principal objective of this publication is to inform of scholarly events, public history and documentation of Cegesoma.

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The First Issue of the JBH 2014 has been published !

 The spring issue of the Journal of Belgian History comprises four original contributions on 20th century Belgium. It offers analyses of a number of fault lines in Belgian history since the 1930s, as well as a diplomatic trip to Hungary.
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