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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on 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.

Exhibition War in Short Pants, 14-18

On 14 October 2016, the exhibition War in Short Pants, 14-18 opened in Ghent. It is the fruit of a collaboration between CegeSoma and the Historische Huizen Gent and shows that the First World War was not only a matter for soldiers but also mobilised children. By means of audio guides, available in four languages, the exhibition takes us on a journey through the universe of seven boys and girls who experienced the conflict in occupied Belgium, but also in Russia, Germany, France, England, the Ottoman Empire or even in Australia.
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Archives Les Enfants de la Patrie – Kinderen van het Vaderland

The key to information about the fate of children during and after the Second World War

Last June, the Operational Directorate 4 – CegeSoma – received a remarkable archive holding to be joined to the many archives of patriotic associations it keeps. In this case, the association was not one of the former parties involved in the conflict in a classical sense (war prisoners, resistance fighters, deported persons, etc.), as the Oeuvre royale nationale Les Enfants de la Patrie is dedicated to the collateral victims of the war, namely the war orphans.
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A conference by Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia

 Le Ventre des Belges. Grandeur et misères d'un petit État nourricier en temps d'occupation et de sortie de guerre (1914-1948)On Wednesday 16 November 2016 (2.30 p.m.), CegeSoma will give the floor to Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia (State Archives). He will address the role of the Belgian state in the economic recovery of post-war Belgium, in particular with regard to its food policy.
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Conference by Gerlinda Swillen

 Tuesday 15 November 2016 (12.30), conference (in French) by Gerlinda Swillen (Associated Researcher AGR-CegeSoma) on a war hospital: "L'hôpital Brugmann en uniforme ?".  

Le 23 mai 1940, la Wehrmacht réquisitionne un des fleurons belges de la médecine et de l'architecture hospitalière bruxelloise: l'Hôpital Brugmann. Dorénavant, il sera dénommé Kriegslazarett 2/614 (Kr.Laz. 2/614). Il semble avoir accueilli non seulement des militaires allemands, mais aussi des prisonniers de guerre, des patients d'autres institutions de l'occupant, ainsi que des civils.
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New leadership for CegeSoma

 Rudi Van Doorslaer has left the institution on 31 August 2016 to enjoy his well-earned retirement. During the appointment procedure for a new director, management of CegeSoma, now Operational Directorate 4 of the State Archives, has been entrusted to our colleague Dirk Martin. Spotlight on two individual careers.
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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. 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). In 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

A renewed website


The website of the JBH – the journal of reference for Belgian contemporary history – has recently been renewed !

It is now possible to search all articles by keywords, by category (reviews, PhD research, debates) or even by thematic issue.

Browse the clear and user-friendly pages of the site and discover the second new thematic issue of this year dedicated to the Belgian Military History before 1914.
Enjoy the (re)discovery !

The first issue of 2016 of the Journal of Belgian History has been published

This thematic issue is dedicated to the history of marginal groups and subalternity in contemporary Belgian history. The invited editors-in-chief, Magaly Rodriguez et Amandine Lauro, selected four articles that break away from the traditional "iron triangle" of ethnicity-class-gender categorisations. These articles contribute to new discussion on Belgian society and the dynamics of in-/exclusion in historical perspective.

For more information, see the new website of the journal : http://www.journalbelgianhistory.be


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