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Quand le patriotisme provoque une guerre des archives

  Aux origines du NIODTrois jours après la libération des Pays-Bas, le Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie – l'actuel NIOD – est créé. Pourquoi cette décision rapide dans un contexte d'urgence ? Pourquoi l'occupation allemande a-t-elle entraîné une telle frénésie ?

Le 15 juin 2016, venez écouter Annemieke van Bockxmeer, chercheuse au NIOD de 1989 à 2012. Elle évoquera pour nous l'histoire tumultueuse des premières heures de la collection de cette institution.
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Tuer au nom d'Allah. Radicalisation ou subculture? Les combattants européens en Syrie


Some 500 Belgians, mostly in their 20s, left their home country for Syria, where they joined the most brutal terrorist group IS, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh. So did thousands of other Europeans. This phenomenon raises difficult questions. Rik Coolsaet (Ghent University & Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations) will give a conference on the subject on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at CegeSoma.
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Deux siècles de justice. Encyclopédie historique de la justice belge


During the shocking moments of the Dutroux affair, a commonplace remark was that Belgian justice ought to move on from the 19th to the 21st century. In reality, this judiciary system has developed continually on the frenetic pace of the ebb and flow of the priorities of Belgian society.  A voluminous encyclopedia gathering the top experts in the field gives a full account of the question (to order it, click here).
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The Cahiers d’histoire du temps présent and numerous other publications of CegeSoma at give-away prices

For a modest sum, it is still possible to acquire the majority of the CHTP-BEG as well as several studies and work instruments on Belgian 20th century history.

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War Enthusiasm: Europeans Attracted by the Dark Side


How could we explain the rapture that seized thousands when World War One broke out? How can we understand how sensitive, cultivated and smart people from different European backgrounds turned into enthusiastic and convinced warmongers?
Oorlogsenthousiasme. Europa 1900-1918” by Ewoud Kieft, a Dutch historian, writer and musician, is centered on these questions. Kieft will give a conference on his book at CegeSoma on Wednesday 11 May 2016.
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Workshop on Reconciliation in Post-War Contexts

Woman prays at Potocari genocide memorial centre near Srebrenica.
Woman prays at Potocari genocide memorial centre near Srebrenica.

CegeSoma co-organises an international workshop on reconciliation in post-conflict situations. The discussion will focus on the tensions between international policies and the expectations and needs of local communities.

The workshop will take place in Den Haag on 18 May 2016 in English. All details are in the programme.

Children of War: Conflicts that Give Life


During the Second World War, Belgian women met German men in occupied Belgium and in Germany, and a number of births resulted from these encounters. These children would not have been born without the war. Gerlinda Swillen will come to CegeSoma on Wednesday 20 April 2016 to give a conference about what is both the subject of her PhD thesis and a personal experience: “Conçus par la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Enfants de guerre sur l'axe Bruxelles-Berlin”. Read more...

Research ? Not Only for Academics !

Associated Researchers Meeting Day on 23 May 2016

Scholarly research about 20th century conflicts has long ceased to be the exclusive domain of academic historians. Scholars from other disciplines, as well as non-academic researchers are now actively pulling their weight in the field. This yields results that are often as diverse as they are valuable. In order to bring this varied group of researchers together in one network, CegeSoma has created the statute of Associated Researcher. This statute replaces the old network of 'correspondents'. Read more...

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