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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.


The Cegesoma Bulletin 2014 has been published !

Bulletin n° 47With 67 pages, this Bulletin reflects the multiple activities of CegeSoma from September 2013 to October 2014, while also announcing the future initiatives of the institution.
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Conference “Great War from Below”: New Sources for Social History

 On 3 March 2015 a conference will take place at the National Archives of Belgium about the new sources for a social history of the First World War in Belgium. This conference is part of the BRAIN research project “The Great War from Below”, coordinated by CegeSoma. It aims to study the long-term impact of WWI on Belgian society.
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‘Neue Wege ins Archiv. Nutzer, Nutzung, Nutzen’. A Report of the 84th Deutsche Archivtag

Magdeburg, 24-27/9/2014

Record offices acquire, keep and make accessible archival documents with the purpose of making them available to researchers, civilians and other interested parties. In terms of accessibility and archive use, the technological developments offer a lot of new possibilities but also raise a lot of questions. Read more...

Historikerdialog: 2015 Programme

 From the start, the Historikerdialog has stressed the importance of dialogue and transnational perspective on different topics of the Great War. With one session in 2012, three in 2013, and five in 2014, the conferences are now spread over the entire academic year, with no less than eight sessions foreseen in 2015.

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The Battle of the Bulge in Our Collections

 The Battle of the Bulge was rediscovered by the public at the opening of the Bastogne War Museum and at the 70th anniversary of the event. Obviously, it has always been a primary concern of CegeSoma, which is reflected in its collections, in particular where the literature on the subject is concerned.
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An Important German Archive Fund Will Soon Be Accessible!

 The University of Antwerp and CegeSoma have reached an agreement in principle regarding an important archive fund. The project aims at digitizing and making available online a part of the German archives related to the Belgian administration. These archives, which also include those of Northern France, were created by Nazi Germany between May 1940 and September 1944.

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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 11 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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The Accessibility of the Files on the Repression of the Collaboration

 An Appeal for the Mediating Role of Historians

On the news site Apache.be, our Director Rudi Van Doorslaer makes a plea for a better accessibility of the archives of the repression. Given the confidential nature of these records, particular care is needed where privacy is concerned, but historians can play a mediating role. As for means, they could possibly be raised via crowdfunding.
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