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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.


L'existence du Centre d’Étude Guerre et Société (CEGESOMA) est menacée

Ce numéro du Bulletin est le dernier que vous recevrez en format papier. C'est là l'une des conséquences inévitables des économies drastiques qui frappent le CEGESOMA, suite à la décision du conseil des ministres du 15 octobre 2014. Beaucoup d'entre vous ont déjà pu lire dans la presse à quel point ces mesures touchent les Établissements scientifiques fédéraux. Je ne m'attarderai pas ici sur les autres mesures que le CEGESOMA sera contraint d'adopter. Signalons seulement que la revue scientifique, que notre institution publie de manière ininterrompue depuis sa création en 1969, et qui a fusionné l'année dernière avec une autre revue prestigieuse, devra également disparaître sous format papier. Pour la petite histoire: c'est dans cette même revue que Bart De Wever, alors assistant à la KU Leuven, a publié en 1997 l'un de ses premiers articles scientifiques dans un numéro consacré au... nationalisme.
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Military History under Debate

The Army in Belgian History: innovative perspectives, contemporary challenges

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, Josephine Hoegaerts (KULeuven) and Nel de Mûelenaere (UA) organize a workshop on Belgium's military history in collaboration with CEGESOMA.
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Two sessions of Historikerdialog in November

Scarcity and occupation regimes

Two Historikerdialog sessions will take place in November 2014, the first on the 6th in Brussel, and the second on the 7th in Namur. Two conferences, followed by comments and debates, that will tackle the presence and consequences of military occupation during the First World War.
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11 November 2014. The Great War at the BELvue Museum

 On 11 November, the BELvue Museum organises a day for discovery. This means it will be the perfect day to visit the exhibitions Albert and Elisabeth. Filming the Life of a Royal Couple and Notre Congo. La propagande coloniale belge dévoilée.
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Conference by Lawrence Van Hacke

Repression after the Second World War: background and preparation

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Lawrence Van Haecke will come to CEGESOMA to give a lecture (in Dutch) based on his recently completed research. The title of the conference reads “Repression after the Second World War : background and preparation”. The subject is particularly important in the context of current political and social debates regarding the repression of collaboration with Nazi Germany during WWII. Van Haecke tackles the legislative elaboration rather than the repression itself. Read more...

The CEGESOMA Collections, ever Easier to Consult

The CEGESOMA website was modified last summer, to allow among other things easier access to documentation. In this way, the new heading “find a document”, allows, by clicking on the “catalogue” tab, to consult both our general catalogue and our specialised catalogues, which were more difficult to find in the past. These include posters, interviews, broadcasts of Jours de guerre, audio material concerning daily life under the Occupation and audio material from Radio Bruxelles, video and DVD collections and VRT De Nieuwe Orde programmes. The same tab leads to collective search tools such as the common catalogue of the federal libraries.
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Europeana Collection Days

Would you like to share your family memories with the whole world? Join us in the Royal Library of Belgium on 24/10, 25/10, 5/12 or 6/12 during the Europeana Collections Days. Experts of the Royal Library will digitise your objets, letters, photographs and other documents of the First World War and introduce them to the online archives www.europeana1914-1918.eu.
This activity will take place in the Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts – Bd de l'Empereur 2, 1000 Brussels, on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2014, and on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the Royal Library will treat maximum 5 documents per person.
Contacts : collectiondays@kbr.be – 02/519.53.11. Click here for more information.

A double issue of JBH about WWI

The JBH thematic edition is available since early October under the title: “1914-1918 : Une société sous tension/Een maatschappij onder spanning”. The theme is practically absent from the plethora of WWI-related works which appeared this year. Read more...

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