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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.


The State Archives meet the Universities on the Theme of Digitisation!

 Since 2015, the State Archives have begun a process of reflection on the digital access to their collections, among other things via the Brain project MADDLAIN carried out in collaboration with the Royal Library. Among the audiences that were studied, the university researchers are one of the priorities of our institution. It therefore seemed useful to reunite the heads of department of the State Archives with representatives of the different history departments of the Belgian universities to exchange ideas on their respective needs.
Feedback on a study day with many debates organized on 5 February.

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The State, History and Memory: New Publication

 Nico Wouters (head CegeSoma) is, together with Berber Bevernage, co-editor of the new publication 'The Handbook of State-Sponsored History after 1945'. With 45 chapters and no less than 50 authors, this is the first book to systematically consider the role of states in the construction of history and memory. Read more...

Inventory of the Archives of the The Royal National Federation of Veterans of the Piron Brigade

 The memory of a legendary Belgian military unit finally accessible
When the activities of certain military units ceased after the German capitulation of May 1945, their members often felt the need to continue to reunite and keep the memories of their sacrifices alive. The acquisition and inventorization of archives of associations such as The Royal National Federation of Veterans of the Piron Brigade, are therefore particularly important to CegeSoma. Read more...

CegeSoma Embraces the Wikipedia Adventure

 On 18 December, CegeSoma organized its first 'Wikipedia marathon'.

As everyone knows, Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia that is available to anyone who wishes to use it and correct it. The project is part of a bigger project: Wikimedia. Apart from the encyclopedia, there is also Wikisource for original documents, Wikidata for databases, Wikimedia Commons for photographs, Wikinews, Wiktionnaire etc. Read more...

CegeSoma is looking for families who want to participate in a new research project on family memories of resistance and collaboration

 In the context of the latest project on family memories of resistance and collaboration  in Belgium, which CegeSoma has started in cooperation with Ghent University and the UCL, we are looking for families who are willing to share their family history and their war memories. Read more...

IAP Justice and Populations finalized with a rich selection of publications

 On 20 December 2017, CegeSoma organized the last event in the context of the IAP 'Justice and Populations': an international workshop on the research of IAP-collaborator Dr. Jan Julia Zurna with regard to the 'liberation murders' in the court district of Brussels. Read more...

Doctor Honoris causa day : Ever- ' Engaging Values, Education and Responsabilities : refugees and migration – the role of higher education'

The VUB organizes a Doctor Honoris causa day : Ever- ' Engaging Values, Education and Responsabilities : refugees and migration – the role of higher education'  in: Flagey, Studio 4, 1050 Brussels on 29 November 2017.
The events will take place around the VUB's Doctor Honoris Causa, which will be awarded to two prominent individuals who have played a major role in the refugee situation in Europe: Dr Emma Bonino and the people of the Island of Lampedusa (represented by Dr Pietro Bartolo).
Registration deadline: 21 November 2017.
Gerlinda Swillen, Ph D in history at the VUB (2016) and associated researcher at the CegeSoma will speak of the necessity of an international statute for children born of war, begot by 'enemies' during actual and future conflicts.

EXHIBITION – 13 October: opening of the exhibition ‘Brussels, a safe haven?’

 

This is a very contemporary exhibition as not a day goes by when the European politics of migration are not a topic in the media and elsewhere. This exhibition takes place in the centre of Brussels, a city home to 184 nationalities, and is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the present challenges we face in our society. The exhibition traces the immigrations routes from 1830 onwards via facts and personal witness accounts. It also  presents 16 contemporary witness accounts.

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