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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.


State, Film and Propaganda in WWII, subject of our next Conference

 Propaganda is not only used in dictatorships. Democratic states also resort to information channels to promote their politics. On 11 February, historian Bénédicte Rochet will disclose the chaotic story of the Belgian propaganda during the Second World War.
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New English issue of the JBH

 The fourth issue of each annual volume contains exclusively English content. We aim to create higher visibility of Belgian modern and contemporary history. Read more...

Flamenpolitik and war crimes at the heart of the next Historikerdialoge

 On 26 February, Lode Wils and Gerhard Hirschfeld will take the floor at the Ghent University on the themes of the Flemish movement and Flamenpolitik. On 12 March, another dialogue will take place between Gerd Hankel and Pieter Lagrou, this time in Brussels, on the Leipzig Trials, which aimed to judge war crimes perpetrated by the Germans during WWI.
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Our Bulletin 2014 has been published

Bulletin n° 47With 67 pages, this Bulletin reflects our activities from September 2013 to October 2014, while also announcing our future initiatives.
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Conference “The 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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