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From September to June, CEGESOMA regularly organises conferences and study days which aim to make recent research, sometimes concerning controversial topics, known to the public.

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‘To End All Wars?’ International Conference at the End of the Memorial Year 2018

 The In Flanders Fields Museum and Cegesoma organize the four-day international conference To End All Wars? – Geopolitical Aftermath and  Commemorative Legacies of the First World War.
This international (English-language) conference will take place in Ypres, 22 - 25 August 2018.


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CONFERENCES - Public and Applied History on the Battlefield of Europe

 The first conference of the Jean Monnet network Applied Contemporary European History was held in November 2016. The network's scope is to deal with difficult or controversial issues of European history such as wars or experiences of violence. The objective is to contribute to the construction of a shared European history.
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Violence In 20th-Century European History - European Conference ACCESSIBLE ONLINE

Between 6 and 8 June 2018, the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network organized its eight conference in the Brussels Palace of  the Academies. This conference, with CegeSoma as co-organizer, had 'Violence' as an umbrella theme. Read more...

IVth Conference of the International Federation for Public History

 From 5 to 9 June 2017, the fourth conference of the International Federation for Public History (FIHP/IFPH) will be held in Ravenna. In just five days, some fifty international panels will discuss key questions with regard to public history.
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CONFERENCE - Local Government in Times of War - with Nico Wouters, Peter Romijn and Jan Naert.

 Following the publication of the book 'Mayoral Collaboration' by CegeSoma-researcher Nico Wouters, CegeSoma will organize a conference on local government in times of war on 21 April 2017 at 2.30 p.m.
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LECTURE - Judiciary, resistance and violence in Brussels 1940-1944

 During the Second World War, the Belgian judiciary found itself in a difficult position: on one side, the occupying forces vehemently fought the resistance, whereas on the other side resistance groups violently attacked Germans and collaborators.

The magistrates working for the public prosecutor's office were faced with a dilemma: were they to hand over resistance fighters to the occupant, or should they suspend the prosecution of the perpetrators of violent attacks against collaborators - and thus leave the crimes unpunished?
Which decision did the magistrates take? Did their attitude change over time and if so, why? And how did the occupying forces react?

These questions will be discussed during the lecture on Friday the 24th of March 2017.

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Conference-debate – Villes en guerre 1914-1918. Wallonia and Brussels

 With B. Benvindo, M. Bost, A. Colignon and C. Kesteloot  Chaired by Anne Roekens


On Friday 20 January 2017 in our conference room, Anne Roekens (U Namur) will invite the four authors of the volumes “Bruxelles, ville occupée 1914-1918” and “La Wallonie dans la Grande Guerre”, to talk about their work and to reflect on the challenge of writing such a “visual history”. A selection of photographs from both publications will be presented and analyzed in greater detail, in order to discuss what such pictures may reveal or obscure about the past.
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