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Ambar Geerts Zapien

Photo de Ambar Geerts ZapienAmbar Geerts Zapien (°1983) has studied Modern Languages and Literatures at the Free University of Brussels. Her thesis is dedicated to American chamanism and spiritual search through entheogens in the 1960's.

She has worked as freelance translator, and collaborates at the CEGESOMA since 1 April 2014 for the organisation of the Historikerdialog, and as assistant to the departments of Public History and Academic Activities.



Has left the Centre on 30 June 2016.

2009-2014: from the Bastogne Historical Center to the Bastogne War Museum

 Some five year after its initiation, the project launched by the Bastogne authorities, local historians and the highly influential company IDELUX, is succesfully completed. The already aging Bastogne Historical Center – the display of its collections decidedly marked by the 1970s – has been transformed in the ultra modern Bastogne War Museum, which has opened its doors to the public on 22 March 2014.
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Western Europe in crisis. An anatomy of extrajudicial detention (1914-1950)

 This PhD project initiated in October 2012 thanks to the support of the Federal Science Policy. The project has a comparative aim. This has important consequences for both the focus and the selection of primary sources. Although research is more and more stimulated to have a comparative and/or transnational orientation, there is no blueprint to implement this in practice. The current stage of the project results from secondary literature readings and archival research. The description of the project below is the result of these steps to define the research question and methodology. Read more...

Sophie Soukias

Photo de Sophie SoukiasSophie Soukias (°1988) studied contemporary history at the ULB, where she graduated in 2011. Since then she specialised in the study of media, communication and transfer of knowledge. She obtained a master in socio-educational communication (UCL).

From June 2012 to March 2014, she has been working at Cegesoma at the elaboration of the Mons Memorial Museum. From April 2014, she is editor in chief of Les Journaux de Guerre, 1914-1918 Belgique, and later Les Journaux de Guerre 1919-1939,  a cooperation project between CEGESOMA and the London editor Albert Limited.


Has left the Centre on 31 March 2016.


  • “'Ce sont les psychologues qui le disent'. Psychologisation et consommation du jouet dans la société (1950-1960)”, in Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis, XLIII, 2013, n° 2/3, p. 46-73. 




National Reports published on EHRI website

 A new tool for researchers is now available on the renewed website of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure: EHRI's national reports. The national reports are first and foremost a tool in the identification and investigation work of EHRI. Because the field of Holocaust studies relies on a huge variety of archives, one of EHRI's most important tasks is to create an inventory of Holocaust-related archival institutions and collections in order to share information about them and help provide access to the research community. The 47 reports provide EHRI's identification work with a structured framework.
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Arlinda Rrustemi

 Arlinda Rrustemi (°1988) holds a B.A. (cum laude) from the Roosevelt Academy and an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University.

She is a lecturer and researcher at Leiden University, and also a research assistant to Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. She is involved in courses taught at the Advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law and at Leiden University College. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary research of law and politics called "State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives”, supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She has previously worked as a project intern at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Kosovo, as a legal intern at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as an external relations intern at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as intern at various Ministries in the Republic of Kosovo.

She is an affiliated researcher with CEGESOMA since March 2013.

Her research interests are in post-conflict state building, the accountability of international organizations, international relations and diplomacy.


Has left the Centre on 31 August 2016.


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Mélanie Bost

Mélanie BostMélanie Bost (1974) has first studied modern history and non-european arts at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Since May 2013, she holds a PhD in history (UCL) for a thesis on the Belgian judiciary during the First World War.

From September 2007 until March 2012, she was employed at Cegesoma as a doctoral candidate with scholarship on the project 'Justice and Society. Sociopolitical History of Justice Administration in Belgium 1795-2005'. She returned to the institution (and went to the Royal Military Academy) on the 1st of February 2013, and she will be researching the influence of the First World War on the functioning of Belgian Justice as part of the IAP 'Justice and Populations'.


Has left the Centre on 30th November 2016. Read more...

Laurence Petrone

Laurence Petrone

Laurence Petrone (°1987) studied history at Ghent University and the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and human rights at the European Inter-University Centre of Venice and the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway. She undertook a thesis on a study of an aspect of the biography of the head of the military occupation authorities in Belgium: Eggert Reeder (1940-1944). She then graduated within the research field transitional justice on the question how a past characterised by massive violence can be dealt with by the community involved (the case of South Africa).

After her studies she was a temporary researcher in the context of the project 'Zwangsmigration und Holocaust. Jüdische Flüchtlinge in Westeuropa 1938-1944' (University of Oldenburg). In October 2012, she started her Ph D thesis at Cegesoma. The objective is to examine, from a comparative perspective, how a Western European state used the extrajudicial detention to come through a state of emergency between 1914 and 1950.

Has left the Centre on 11 December 2015.



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