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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.

Conference-debate – Villes en guerre 1914-1918. Wallonia and Brussels

 With B. Benvindo, M. Bost, A. Colignon and C. Kesteloot  Chaired by Anne Roekens


On Friday 20 January 2017 in our conference room, Anne Roekens (U Namur) will invite the four authors of the volumes “Bruxelles, ville occupée 1914-1918” and “La Wallonie dans la Grande Guerre”, to talk about their work and to reflect on the challenge of writing such a “visual history”. A selection of photographs from both publications will be presented and analyzed in greater detail, in order to discuss what such pictures may reveal or obscure about the past.
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Colloquium - Inside the User’s Mind


On 22 February 2017, CegeSoma will organize, in cooperation with the partners of the MADDLAIN project, a colloquium on the digital practices and needs of the users of archive centres and libraries.

Whether you are an amateur or a professional researcher responsible for digitization in a heritage institution, an archivist or a collections curator, this  study day entirely dedicated to the needs of the public may interest you !
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Workshop - Personal Diaries and Daily Life during the Second World War


How should we understand daily life during the Second World War and how can personal diaries serve to study this topic ? The participants of the workshopDagelijks leven in dagboeken uit de oorlogstijd”, which will be held on 31 March 2017 at CegeSoma, will tackle both essential questions. 

Publication & congress

 The Role of the Mayors during the Second World War

In his new book our colleague Nico Wouters compares the role of the mayors during the occupation of the Second World War in Belgium, the Netherlands and France (Nord and Pas-de-Calais). The publication will be presented officially in June 2017 in Canterbury during an international congress on occupations during both World Wars.

Les "Journaux de Guerre" - Promotions & New series on the Cold War

Les Journaux de Guerre are a unique collection of 305 issues in French and Dutch in which are reprinted in their entirety the newspapers as they were published during the two World Wars and the interwar period. Each edition is accompanied by articles written by historians.

From January 2017, a new series (in French) will immerse you in the Cold War period. To obtain the complete series, or a few issues of the First World War or the interwar period at a reduced price, place on order via CegeSoma.
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EHRI - Candidate Call

 Candidate Call for EHRI fellowships at CegeSoma (deadline: 31 March 2017)

The EHRI project (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, of which CegeSoma is a consortium partner) wants to support and encourage Holocaust research. EHRI offers multiple fellowships to researchers so that they can undertake their research in different European scientific institutions, such as CegeSoma. If you want to apply for a fellowship, you can visit our brand new site specifically aimed at future fellows. Deadline: 31 March 2017.

Cities at war, 1914-1918 - Wallonia and Brussels

  The authors of La Wallonie dans la Grande Guerre and Bruxelles ville occupée relate the experiences of Walloons and inhabitants of Brussels during the First World War through the medium of the image. They examine how the major challenges of this turbulent period are reflected by means of photographs, postcards or the illustrated press.

The books are for sale at CegeSoma at the price of 20 €.

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Special Issue of the JBH

 Country and Army in the Making. The Belgian Military in the Long Nineteenth Century

What is the significance of studying military history today ? And where lies the relevance for Belgium, a state that for a long time had a mandatory neutral status and had only a limited military importance ? Nel de Mûelenaere and Josephine Hoegaerts, the two young historians and guest editors of this new theme issue, show that military history can be a flourishing field of research for Belgium, with innovative and interdisciplinary methods.
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