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Welcome to CEGESOMA

CEGESOMA, Study Centre 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.

Notice to the Visitors and Partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives of Belgium

From 1 January, CegeSoma will be part of the State Archives

From 1 January 2016, CegeSoma will be integrated in the State Archives under its new name “Study Centre War and Society”. From that date, CegeSoma will be the fourth Operational Directorate (OD4) of the State Archives.
The tasks of OD4 / CegeSoma remain unchanged. For now, the integration has no consequences for the researcher or the visitor of CegeSoma. There will be no changes at present with regard to the reading room (the regulations, tariffs, opening hours) and the online services (websites, search systems). At the beginning of 2016, measures will be developed and implemented to harmonise public service in all Operational Directorates of the State Archives. We will inform you of these measures in due time. Also for the partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives, everything will remain the same, a few practical matters excepted.
You can follow these developments via the usual information channels: newsletters, websites and facebook pages.

Karel Velle & Rudi Van Doorslaer17 December 2015

Meeting the Associated Researchers

 On 23 May, we invited our associated researchers to CegeSoma. During this internal study day, a majority of the (meanwhile fifteen) researchers presented their project to the academic staff. The subjects were as rich as they were diverse: the family memory and the collaboration (both subjects related to the Second World War), a biographical study of Hugo Claus, the volunteers from Belgium in the Spanish civil war,… The Second World War is undoubtedly the dominant theme within this group of researchers. Read more...

The Cahiers d’histoire du temps présent and numerous other publications of CegeSoma at give-away prices

For a modest sum, it is still possible to acquire the majority of the CHTP-BEG as well as several studies and work instruments on Belgian 20th century history.

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Deux siècles de justice. Encyclopédie historique de la justice belge


During the shocking moments of the Dutroux affair, a commonplace remark was that Belgian justice ought to move on from the 19th to the 21st century. In reality, this judiciary system has developed continually on the frenetic pace of the ebb and flow of the priorities of Belgian society.  A voluminous encyclopedia gathering the top experts in the field gives a full account of the question (to order it, click here).
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New Issue of the Journal of Belgian History


The fourth edition of the Journal of Belgian History for 2015 is finally available. It contains abstracts of all the new PhD-theses, an article by Stefan Huygebaert on national identity after the Revolution of 1848, and a contribution by Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse and Kaat Wils on the role played by historical narratives in the Flemish colleges. It also features an article by Isabelle Devos and Tina Van Rossem on life expectancy estimates in Belgian cities between 1846 and 1910.

More information available at http://www.journalbelgianhistory.be/.

Call for Applications : EHRI Seminar on Reference Services

The international seminar Reference Services: Best Practices and Innovative Use of Materials will be held at Yad Vashem from 13 to 17 November 2016.

You can find the call for papers here.

Call for EHRI workshop and seminar

 The workshop Holocaust Archival Film Footage as a Historical Source: Methodology and Ethics in the Digital Era will be held at Yad Vashem from 19 to 21 September 2016. You can find more information and the call for papers here.

The methodological seminar The Study of the Holocaust in Romania: Current State and Trends, organised by the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will take place from 19 to 23 September 2016 at the Elie Wiesel National Institute in Bucharest. You can find more information and the call for applications here.

The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 21 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the 21st 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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