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.


Important notices

  • Attention ! Since October, the email addresses of CegeSoma end on arch.be.
  • Please note that CegeSoma will be closed from Monday 25 December 2017 until Monday 1 January 2018 included. On Tuesday 2 January 2018, the institution will be open again.

 

 

Open call for EHRI fellowships at Cegesoma

 The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)- project offers fellowships to researchers and archivists across Europe to come to Cegesoma to facilitate their research. Fellows will be encouraged to work on the collections at their disposal at CegeSoma and the State Archives of Belgium as well as visits to partner institutions such as Kazerne Dossin. Deadline for the applications: 31st December 2017. You can find all information here.

 

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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Launching website Belgium WWII

 Belgium WWII : Discover the new virtual platform on Belgium and its inhabitants during the Second World War !
On 27 September, in the presence of the press and a particularly large audience, Belgium WWII was launched. Read more...

Was Grandfather a Nazi? The first reactions after the launch

 On 13 September 2017, the book “Was Grandfather a Nazi?” was presented in the conference room of CegeSoma, in the presence of a large audience of press and public. The conference room proved too small for the large audience who wished to be present. Read more...

International colloquium “In the Heart of the Great War – Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre”

 From 26 to 28 October, the brand new Mons Memorial Museum will host the international colloquium “In the Heart of the Great War – Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre ”, organized in cooperation with CegeSoma. The colloquium focuses on the interaction between citizens and the military during the First World War. Read more...

'Papy était-il un Nazi?' - Available at CegeSoma

 This very  important work, with the significant input from researchers from the National Archives and CegeSoma, is in the first place a research guide. The aim is to guide persons looking for concrete information on family members (parents, grandparents) who were victims of the repression after the Second World War, to archives where they can find this information.
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