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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.

Conference “Doing Justice in Wartime” - Call for Papers


In the framework of the PAI “Justice and Populations”, CegeSoma organises an international conference on 3 and 4 December 2015. The conference is titled "Doing Justice in Wartime. Multiple Interplays Between Justice & Populations During the Two World Wars".

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National Day

On Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July 2015 (National Day), Cegesoma will be closed.

Qui a tué Julien Lahaut ?

 Emmanuel Gerard (éd.), Widukind De Ridder & Françoise Muller

Qui a tué Julien Lahaut ? Les ombres de la guerre froide en Belgique
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The MADDLAIN project has started

Since the spring of 2015 the CegeSoma participates in the MADDLAIN project, which is conducted within the framework of the BRAIN research program of the Federal Science Policy. Through this two-year project, with which for the CegeSoma Florence Gillet (general coordinator) and Jill Hungenaert (researcher) are involved, we want to valorise our (digital) collections, give them a greater visibility and make them accessible to the widest possible audience.
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Report conference ‘Towards a New History of the Second World War?’ available online

Judith Keilbach, Chantal Kesteloot and Roel Vande Winkel during the Third Session. (Photograph by Milo van de Pol)
Judith Keilbach, Chantal Kesteloot and Roel Vande Winkel during the Third Session. (Photograph by Milo van de Pol)

On the 21th of April 2015, Belgian and Dutch historians discussed the future historiography of the Second World War during the Spring conference of the Royal Netherlands Historical Society. This conference took place in The Hague and was organised in collaboration with CegeSoma and NIOD. Are you curious about the discussed statements and topics for further debate? In this report you will find an overview of the sessions, some conclusions and suggestions for topics to be discussed in following conferences or other academic activities. The report is written in English.

The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 15 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the fifteenth 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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“War & Fatherland” Colloquium Programme is Finalized

This autumn, the international colloquium “War & Fatherland. Nations, Identities and the First World War” will take place in Brussels. Outstanding Belgian and foreign historians, among whom Sophie De Schaepdrijver, will debate on nationalism and collective identities during and in the aftermath of WWI. Read more...

We Acquire Valuable War & Television Archives

 Recently, Cegesoma acquired the documentary archives of two well-known RTBF journalists and programme makers. We also received some important private archives related to the Second World War.
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