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Ongoing Research at CEGESOMA

The research conducted at CEGESOMA is twofold: on the one hand there is the research carried out by the permanent researchers and on the other the research projects which are limited in time and are funded with exterior resources, for the most part by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (see Scientific team). These research activities and projects are in the field of 20th century history and principally concern the two world wars.


Current research projects are:


- Two BRAIN projects (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks, Federal Science Policy) on the First World War. The first, led by Karla Vanraepenbusch, lists and analyses all the memorial traces of the Great War in the urban landscapes of Antwerp and Liège. The second, led by Florent Verfaillie, studies the social impact of the war on the members of the resistance and collaborators of the First World War.

For more information please contact Karla Vanraepenbusch or Florent Verfaillie.


- IAP "Justice and Populations" (projects "Impact of the Great War on the Functioning of Justice in Belgium";  "The Relation between Magistracy and Police, and Resistance in Belgium during the Second World War"; "The Liberation Murders' in the judicial district Brussels (1944-45)" and "The Belgian Justice during and after the Second World War  (virtual encyclopedia Belvirmus)").

For more information please contact Dirk Luyten.


- European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). EHRI's mission is to support the Holocaust research community by building a digital infrastructure through its Online Portal where the wide dispersal of the archival source material regarding the Holocaust are being collected.

For more information please contact adina.babesh.


- The MADDLAIN-project aims to analyse the practices and needs of users with regard to access to digital information. The project consists of three components: a study concerning general access to digital information, a part focused on the needs of researchers with regard to virtual research environments and a study regarding the e-learning needs of students.

For more information please contact Jill Hungenaert.


- The ADOCHS project (Auditing Digitalization Outputs in the Cultural Heritage Sector) is dedicated to the improvement of the quality control of digitised heritage collections. The project focuses on two aspects: the quality of the image and the quality of the metadata. The case studies of the project will be taken from the collections of the KBR and CegeSoma.

For more information please contact Anne Chardonnens.


- The TRANSMEMO project is a new research project on the memory of collaboration and resistance during the Second World War. It is a cooperation between CegeSoma (Nico Wouters), Ghent University (Bruno De Wever & Koen Aerts) and the UCL (Olivier Luminet and Valérie Rosoux).

For more information please contact Florence Rasmont.



Our photos described by artificial intelligence… and checked by our readers!

 In April 2017 the research project UGESCO (Upscaling the Geo-temporal Enrichment, exploration and exploitation of Scientific Collections) was launched in order to experiment with new methods to valorise our photo collections.

On 12 December 2018, the project partners will proudly present the new tools they have developed and which combine computing power with the expertise of our researchers and users. Read more...

Half-time for the ADOCHS project!

 On 1 November 2016, the CegeSoma launched the ADOCHS project in collaboration with the Royal Library (KBR), and the Universities of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)). The project aims to improve quality control processes for digital cultural heritage collections. After having worked for two years at CegeSoma, Anne Chardonnens now prepares to join the ULB-team. We interviewed her to reflect on the results she has accomplished so far.

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New call to families in the context of the Transmemo project

 The Transmemo project is a federal and interdisciplinary research project on family memory of the resistance and the collaboration in Belgium during the Second World War.

CegeSoma participates in this project in partnership with a team of historians of Ghent University and a team of social and cognitive psychologists of the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain).

The project was launched in October 2017 and dozens of Dutch- and French-speaking families have already been interviewed. Read more...

Zoé Grumberg’s EHRI fellowship at CEGESOMA

 Zoé Grumberg is a third-year PhD Candidate at the Center of History of Sciences Po Paris, where she prepares, under the supervision of prof Claire Andrieu, a Phd  "S'engager et militer, reconstruire la vie juive, lutter contre l'oubli. Les Juifs communistes yiddishophones après la Shoah, Paris, 1944-années 1950" 'Engagement and militancy : reconstruction of Jewish life, struggle against forgetting : the Yiddish-speaking Communist Jews in Paris after the Shoah, Paris 1944- 1950's'.


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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...

The results of the MADDLAIN project

 After two years, the MADDLAIN project has come to an end. Six researchers have analysed a large number of data, including the results of a survey answered by 2,300 external users. Additionally, numerous interviews have been examined. Today, the three associated institutions behind MADDLAIN – the Belgian State Archives, the Belgian Royal Library, and CegeSoma – are happy to present the results of their investigation. Read more...

IAP's Justice & Society and Justice & Population - 10 clips of research presentation (IAP) and an unpublished work on the attitude of Belgian magistrate during the Second World War

On Friday the 22nd of September, the final results of the Interuniversity Attraction Pools (IAP's) Justice & Society and Justice & Population were festively presented in the Palace of Academies in Brussels. One element on the programme was the screening of ten films in which PhD students explained (the results of) their research. The films can be viewed online here.
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TRANSMEMO: New Research on the Memory of Collaboration and Resistance during the Second World War

 In September 2017, the new research project TRANSMEMO has been launched, a partnership between the CegeSoma (Nico Wouters), Ghent University (Bruno De Wever & Koen Aerts) and the UCL (Olivier Luminet & Valérie Rosoux). Three young researchers, Florence Rasmont (CegeSoma), Aline Cordonnier (UCL) and Pierre Bouchat (UCL) are in charge of the project.
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