Focus on the Resistance

 On 1 October 2019, the TV series 'Kinderen van het Verzet' (Children of the Resistance, broadcast as from 22 October 209) by Canvas was launched at CegeSoma.
The series addresses the growing  interest of society and historical research in the history and remembrance of the resistance in Belgium. CegeSoma plays a key role in this trend and we give an overview of our main 'resistance initiatives'.

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International Conference ‘Holocaust Studies and Its Social Setting’

 To conclude the second phase of the project “European Holocaust Research Infrastructure”, with the State Archives/CegeSoma being one of its partner institutions, an international conference is going to be held in Amsterdam on July 3, 2019. Read more...

CegeSoma publishes its annual report 2018

 Positioned between two major commemorative events of two World Wars, the year 2018 was an essential year for CegeSoma.


We created the foundation for a reorientation of our strategic research policy and for a thorough overhaul of our collection and repository management policy.


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Call for papers : Cultures of Spectacles in German-occupied Belgium. Parallels and Differences between the First and the Second World War.

 In March 2020, the institute for Media Studies (KU Leuven) and CegeSoma will organize a  workshop about the multiple types of spectacles (cinema, theatre, music-hall, circus, fairs, dance, cabaret, etc.) that took place in occupied Belgium during the First and the Second World War. Read more...

Which sense should we give to commemorations?

 In 2019, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the la liberation of Belgium as well as the 50th anniversary of CegeSoma. This is the perfect occasion for our institution to reflect on the relationship between 'history' and 'commemoration' or public memories.  

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2019 : A festive year at the CegeSoma!

 Fifty years ago, in 1969 , an enthusiastic team of six young researchers came together to initiate pioneering work on the history of the Second World War … The Centre for Research and historical Studies on the Second World War (CREHSGM), the predecessor to the CegeSoma, was born!
Also in 1969, the first edition of the Journal of Belgian History appeared, which is published by CegeSoma/the State Archives since 2011.
Seventy years ago, in the evening of September 3, 1944, Brussels was liberated by British troops accompanied by Belgians of the Brigade Piron. Read more...

EHRI call for special Conny Kristel Fellowship

 EHRI invites applications for its first Conny Kristel Fellowship. EHRI is offering a fellowship of three weeks at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam to honour the memory and legacy of Dr. Conny Kristel, former EHRI project director and senior researcher at the NIOD, who sadly passed away on 6 October 2018.
The deadline for applications is 31 December 2018 and the fellowship will have to be completed by 31 August 2019.

The Readers Card becomes Free of Charge

 From 1 June 2018, access to the 19 reading rooms of the Belgian State Archives (including the CegeSoma reading room) becomes free of charge.

This new measure aims to make the Belgian archives accessible to all citizens. Prices for research-services and costs for 'reproductions on demand' however increase substantially.

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