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Workshop on Transitional Justice: Call for Paper

 On 17 May 2016, CegeSoma co-organizes a workshop with the Centre for Global Affairs (Leiden University). The overarching theme of the workshop is the tension that occurs in many Transitional Justice programs, between certain international expectations and local realities. These tensions are often connected to different or opposing perceptions of the notion 'reconciliation'. We hereby launch a Call for Papers, searching for concrete national cases that will help us discuss this issue.
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Germany and International Scientific Relations After 1918


How did WWI disrupt international academic networks? This Historikerdialog will take place on Wednesday 17 February 2016 in Liège. The speakers are Peter Schöttler (CNRS/Freie Universität Berlin) and Christoph Brüll (FNRS/Université de Liège). Read more...

Terrorists and Perpetrators of Genocide : a Comparison

Due to circumstances beyond our control, CegeSoma.arch and the Egmont institute are compelled to cancel the conference by Abram de Swaan scheduled for February 19th. Please receive our apologies for this situation, we hope to be able to welcome you at our future activities.


Abram de Swaan will take the Floor at Cegesoma.arch's New Year conference


 Politicians and experts, academics included, often understand contemporary conflicts on a short-term basis. In the context of its mission as a centre of expertise on the history of 20th century conflicts, CegeSoma.arch wants to widen its horizon. For the New Year's conferences, it invites eminent researchers to establish a link between a contemporary question and its historical context. The first New Year Conference will take place on Friday 19 February 2016. Read more...

The Belgian War Press: Students Share their Experiences

 Since its launch in December 2012, The Belgian War Press website has had an increasing number of Belgian and foreign visitors. History students of the UCL have used it frequently for a seminar paper in the course of the past academic year. This can be considered a large-scale user test of the website. You can read their experiences and a reflection about the changes brought about by digital tools to the historical profession here .

Lilian et le Roi – Un mythe à l’épreuve des archives


Ayant obtenu l'accès à des archives totalement inédites, Olivier Defrance s'est attelé à une biographie de l'épouse de Léopold III. Il nous la présente sous un jour neuf dans une volonté d'impartialité. Il sera au CegeSoma le 3 février 2016 pour évoquer ses recherches.
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Notice to the Visitors and Partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives of Belgium

From 1 January, CegeSoma will be part of the State Archives

From 1 January 2016, CegeSoma will be integrated in the State Archives. From that date, CegeSoma will be the fourth Operational Directorate (OD4) of the State Archives.
The tasks of OD4 / CegeSoma remain unchanged. For now, the integration has no consequences for the researcher or the visitor of CegeSoma. There will be no changes at present with regard to the reading room (the regulations, tariffs, opening hours) and the online services (websites, search systems). In 2016, measures will be developed and implemented to harmonise public service in all Operational Directorates of the State Archives. We will inform you of these measures in due time. Also for the partners of CegeSoma and the State Archives, everything will remain the same, a few practical matters excepted.
You can follow these developments via the usual information channels: newsletters, websites and facebook pages.

Karel Velle & Rudi Van Doorslaer17 December 2015

Unique Archives on the Defense of Resistance Fighters Before the German Military courts available for consultation


Frédéric (or Freddy) Eickhoff was the counsel of some 2.500 resistance fighters who had to appear before the German military courts in occupied Belgium during the Second World War. Barrister Eickhoff and his collaborators  Delhaize and Van Hecke kept the documents related to the trials of their cases. After important conservation measures, they are finally open for academic research via a digital name list.
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Call for Applications : EHRI Seminar on Reference Services


The international seminar Reference Services: New Methods of Utilizing Holocaust Documentation and Resources will be held at Yad Vashem from 27-31 March 2016.
You can find the call here

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