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Finished Projects

Among the projects that have been successfully concluded in the last few years, three have led to the successful realisation of four doctoral theses.
We refer to the project on the `Belgian Intelligence Services, 1940-1945', on `Violence, Crime and War' and on the diamond industry. Others have resulted in publications and/or substantial research reports: the study on the Haut Commissariat à la Sécurité de l'Etat, the project on the Belgian administration and the one on the newsreels in Belgium.


The Belgian judiciary and the resistance: moral dilemma’s during the Second World War

 Jan Julia Zurné, researcher at the CegeSoma, recently defended her PhD thesis at Ghent University. She investigated how Belgian magistrates reacted when the German occupier demanded their collaboration in the repression of the resistance during the Second World War and how this effected both the magistrates and the resistance groups.
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International colloquium– Minorities in/at War - 9 & 10 March 2017

On 9 and 10 March 2017, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in collaboration with CegeSoma organizes an international colloquium at the Royal Library of Belgium: “Minorities in/at War”. The violence perpetrated against minorities is one key issue, while their legal protection, is another. The conference tackles the period from 1912 to 1923. Lectures by historians from Europe, North America and the Middle East will be alternated with discussions. Attention will also be given to contemporary issues related to these questions.

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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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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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Young historians with talent ! An 11th edition with multiple accents

 On 14 October 2016, CegeSoma will once more give the floor to young and talented historians who graduated in 2015, authors of Master theses concerning the two World Wars and their aftermaths. The day will be organized around a number of key points: a series of debates with experts on the questions concerned; a focus on a selection of archive funds with promising research possibilities and, finally, an analysis of the subjects of contemporary history theses presented in Belgium over the last ten years.

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CegeSoma Taking the Lead in Sustainable Digital Publishing Project


CegeSoma coordinates a project entitled “Open History – Workshops on sustainable digital publishing of archival catalogues of twentieth-century history archives” in the context of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) Theme call 2015 on “Open Humanities”. Together with four other initiative taking partner institutions, this project focusses on the current challenges of sustainable digital publishing of archival descriptions. Read more...

The State and forced agricultural labour in Congo during WWII

 This study, carried out in the course of 18 months by the PAI “Justice and Populations” at CegeSoma, intends to shed light on the role played by the judicial apparatus in the labour policies applied to colonized populations. The theme is tackled through the issue of forced agricultural labour, which was established in the Belgian Congo to support the war effort between 1940 and 1945. The aim is to seize the different ways in which the State controlled, pacified, combed and regulated territories and their inhabitants.
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“Those who hold Bastogne”

Peter Schrijvers is a historian and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sidney. He recently published his book on the Siege of Bastogne.

The book was made possible with the help of Australian funds for research and a fellowship granted by CEGESOMA in 2012. Read more...

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