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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.


Lettre ouverte - La mémoire du pays est-elle en péril ?

Le nouveau gouvernement qui a pris ses fonctions ce mois-ci peut être appelé “innovateur” à bien des égards. L'on peut toutefois se demander si “nouveau” est toujours synonyme de “mieux”. Pour les établissements scientifiques qui ont poursuivi leurs activités au niveau fédéral depuis la deuxième phase de la réforme des institutions en 1980, les nouvelles sont en tout cas plus que sombres. Les institutions culturelles nationales ont déjà, par l'intermédiaire du directeur de La Monnaie, protesté, mais les restrictions budgétaires frappent également les établissements scientifiques fédéraux (ESF).
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L'existence du Centre d’Étude Guerre et Société (CEGESOMA) est menacée

Le texte qui suit est un communiqué urgent du CegeSoma. Vu la situation actuelle, nous avons décidé de vous faire parvenir dès aujourd'hui l'introduction du Bulletin  dont la parution est prévue le mois prochain. Notre directeur, Rudi Van Doorslaer, y tire la sonnette d'alarme concernant les économies aveugles qui touchent aujourd'hui les Etablissements scientifiques fédéraux, et plus particulièrement le CegeSoma. Toutefois, il s'agit également d'un appel au dialogue adressé à la secrétaire d'État Elke Sleurs. Il en va de l'existence de l'institution.
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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 10 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the tenth 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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Military History under Debate

The Army in Belgian History: innovative perspectives, contemporary challenges

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, Josephine Hoegaerts (KULeuven) and Nel de Mûelenaere (UA) organize a workshop on Belgium's military history in collaboration with CEGESOMA.
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Two sessions of Historikerdialog in November

Scarcity and occupation regimes

Two Historikerdialog sessions will take place in November 2014, the first on the 6th in Brussel, and the second on the 7th in Namur. Two conferences, followed by comments and debates, that will tackle the presence and consequences of military occupation during the First World War.
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“Those who hold Bastogne”

Peter Schrijvers is a historian and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sidney. He recently published his book on the Siege of Bastogne.

The book was made possible with the help of Australian funds for research and a fellowship granted by CEGESOMA in 2012. Read more...

11 November 2014. The Great War at the BELvue Museum

 On 11 November, the BELvue Museum organises a day for discovery. This means it will be the perfect day to visit the exhibitions Albert and Elisabeth. Filming the Life of a Royal Couple and Notre Congo. La propagande coloniale belge dévoilée.
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Conference by Lawrence Van Hacke

Repression after the Second World War: background and preparation

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Lawrence Van Haecke will come to CEGESOMA to give a lecture (in Dutch) based on his recently completed research. The title of the conference reads “Repression after the Second World War : background and preparation”. The subject is particularly important in the context of current political and social debates regarding the repression of collaboration with Nazi Germany during WWII. Van Haecke tackles the legislative elaboration rather than the repression itself. Read more...

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