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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.

“War & Fatherland” Conference: Last Registration Day 7 October

 On 14 and 15 October, outstanding Belgian and foreign historians will debate on nationalism and collective identities during and in the aftermath of WWI. Attend this exceptional inter-university event by subscribing before 7 October (included) on www.warandfatherland2015.org.
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CegeSoma Taking the Lead in Sustainable Digital Publishing Project


CegeSoma coordinates a project entitled “Open History – Workshops on sustainable digital publishing of archival catalogues of twentieth-century history archives” in the context of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) Theme call 2015 on “Open Humanities”. Together with four other initiative taking partner institutions, this project focusses on the current challenges of sustainable digital publishing of archival descriptions. Read more...

Historians Olympics : the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Jinan (China)

 From 22 to 29 August, more than 2000 historians from 90 countries have participated in the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS) in Jinan, in the Chinese province of Shandong. It was the first time the Congress was held in Asia. It has taken place every five years since its creation in 1926 and aspires to reflect the debates related to the community of historians.

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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 16 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the sixteenth 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 Museum WWI Press Retrievable Online



From now, the Belgian War Press website includes the clandestine press of the First World War from the collection of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.
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A Number of Periodicals Temporarily Unavailable

The periodicals from the years between 1940 and 1944 are being digitized, and will be thus unavailable to the readers during a few months. The list of their location numbers can be found here.


Fellowships for Holocaust Research


The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) is granting fellowships for research stays. The duration of the stays can be between four and fourteen weeks long  in about fifteen different partner institutions in Europe, Israel or the US. CegeSoma features  among the host institutions. If you are interested and would like to know more about the fellowships, the selection criteria and the call (first deadline on 30 September 2015), click here.

Journal of Belgian History. The first issue of 2015 has been published

This issue contains four articles with a wide variety of political, cultural and social themes from the nineteenth as well as the twentieth century. Read more...

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