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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.


Experiencing Justice

 An international conference organised by PAI Justice & Populations

On 5 and 6 March 2015, the Interuniversity Attraction Pole Justice & Populations, to which CegeSoma is closely associated, organizes an English-spoken international conference in Brussels on the subject of citizen's contacts with judicial practices…
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The exhibition "Shock ! 1914…What if War Began Tomorrow?" prolonged until March 7

The German invasion of Belgium on 4 August 1914 caused a real shock. The country's neutrality, which guaranteed peace since 1839, was brutally violated.
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Felix Nussbaum : The Poignant Life of a Painter

A conference of CegeSoma on March 11 

Mark Schaevers and Rudi Van Doorslaer share a passion for Felix Nussbaum (1904-1944). The life of this artist has been marked by dramatic events. As an emigrated Jew and a talented painter, he was persecuted, deported, forgotten and rediscovered. Read more...

Flamenpolitik and war crimes at the heart of the next Historikerdialoge

 On 26 February, Lode Wils and Gerhard Hirschfeld will take the floor at the Ghent University on the themes of the Flemish movement and Flamenpolitik. On 12 March, another dialogue will take place between Gerd Hankel and Pieter Lagrou, this time in Brussels, on the Leipzig Trials, which aimed to judge war crimes perpetrated by the Germans during WWI.
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Forced and Coerced Labour: Comparing Colonial Spaces and Global Conflicts

 On 19 March 2015, CegeSoma, in cooperation with the Centre d'histoire du droit de l'Université Saint-Louis and the PAI Justice & Populations, organises a conference in English on the subject of forced labour. The specific aim of this seminar is to compare the implementation of this practice and how it was experienced in the colonial territories on the one hand, and during the two World Wars on the other.

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Spring Conference KNHG: Towards a New History of WWII ?

On 21 April 2015, the Royal Netherlands Historical Society, together with NIOD and CegeSoma organise a congress titled “Towards a new history of the Second World War?”. Influential historians will tackle the theme of Second World War historiography in Belgium and the Netherlands. The congress will open with a lecture by Martin Conway, who will place the topic in an international context, and end with another by Peter Romijn.
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First WWI PhD Students seminar in Belgium

CegeSoma, 23 March 2015

 On Monday 23 March, the present research projects on the First World War in Belgium will be presented at CegeSoma. A unique opportunity to exchange views between young researchers and experts!

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L’accueil en Suisse romande d’anciennes déportées françaises de la Résistance (1945-1947)

  Une conférence des Amis du CegeSoma

Le 17 mars 2015 nous  accueillons Brigitte Exchaquet-Monnier et Éric Monnier pour la présentation de leur livre Retour à la vie. Au centre de leur enquête historique, plus de 500 femmes déportées dans des camps de concentration qui vont vivre une convalescence dans une dizaine de centres d'accueil suisses. Qui sont-elles ? Comment ont-elles été perçues ? Qui finance leur séjour ?  Telles sont quelques-unes des questions auxquelles les auteurs du livre tenteront de répondre. Read more...

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