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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.

Important notice

On Monday 21 April 2014 (Easter Monday), the CEGESOMA will be closed.


Neuvième journée d’étude “Jeunes Historiens” au CEGESOMA

Le programme est disponible

Le vendredi 25 avril 2014, le CEGESOMA organisera la neuvième édition de sa journée d'étude “Jeunes Historiens”. Deux thèmes seront cette année à l'honneur: “La Belgique et l'étranger” et, d'autre part, la Première Guerre mondiale.
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Conference with Serge Jaumain

 Un “Dictionnaire d'histoire de Bruxelles”: pour quoi faire ?

Le mercredi 30 avril 2014 après-midi, Serge Jaumain (ULB) viendra commenter et expliquer une publication très spéciale: Le Dictionnaire d'Histoire de Bruxelles.
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An Inside Look at Brussels 1914-1918

 During the Great War, Brussels lived a unique experience. Even though the Belgian capital escaped the fighting, it was Europe's largest city to endure the war under occupation. This forgotten history is illustrated on the new website www.brussels14-18.be/fr, a public history project carried out by CEGESOMA, and launched by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale and VisitBrussels. The website traces the history of civilian populations using photographs of the 1914-1918 period.
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2009-2014: from the Bastogne Historical Center to the Bastogne War Museum

 Some five year after its initiation, the project launched by the Bastogne authorities, local historians and the highly influential company IDELUX, is succesfully completed. The already aging Bastogne Historical Center – the display of its collections decidedly marked by the 1970s – has been transformed in the ultra modern Bastogne War Museum, which has opened its doors to the public on 22 March 2014.
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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” nr.5 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the fifth 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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Justice and Regulation and Guidance of Labour Imposed on the Indigenous Populations of Rural Congo 1945-1945

The Example of the Territory of Libenge

 This research project, initiated in the context of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole “Justice and populations”, wants to shed light on the extent to which the Belgian judiciary and administrative system in Congo placed itself at the service of the colonial exploitation project and to measure its impact on the colonised populations. To this end, the project looks at the guidance of forced labour, including labour for educational purposes and to support the  war effort, in the territory of Libenge in the northwest of the colony, during the Second World War. The study will trow light on judiciary practices, in particular those of the competent police courts, and the establishment of a coercive system in those difficult times.
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Conference on WWI and National Identity

 On Wednesday 7 May 2014, CEGESOMA co-organises an afternoon symposium in cooperation with the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België (KVAB), entitled 'Oorlog en Nationale Identiteit. België en Vlaanderen in de Eerste Wereldoorlog'. The symposium will be held in the KVAB in Brussels. Read more...
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