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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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Une plongée dans Bruxelles 14-18

 Bruxelles vit une expérience unique durant la Grande Guerre. Si la capitale belge échappe aux combats, elle est la plus grande ville d'Europe à vivre la guerre sous occupation. C'est cette histoire oubliée que retrace le site www.brussels14-18.be/fr. Ce projet d'histoire publique a été réalisé par le Cegesoma, à l'initiative de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale et de VisitBrussels. À travers les photographies d'époque, il propose une plongée dans l'histoire des populations civiles en 1914-1918.
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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...

Soon at Your Newsagent : the French-Language War Papers 1914-1918

 Following the success of the Oorlogkranten 1914-1918, CEGESOMA has now also assumed responsibility for the  French-Language edition: Les Journaux de Guerre, 1914-1918. This series reissues Belgian newspapers of the First World War in their entirety, as they were published at the time. Read more...
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