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On 1 May, Nico Wouters was appointed as the new head of CegeSoma (the fourth operational division of the Belgian State Archives). His appointment marks the end of a long transition period in which CegeSoma was headed by interim directors. From now onwards, the institution will be able to fully develop its mission as a centre of expertise in public history, research, and valorization regarding the history of the two world wars and other twentieth-century conflicts.

Nico Wouters (1972) is Doctor of History (Ghent University). His main fields of expertise are the Second World War (local government, resistance and collaboration, persecution of the Jews, post-war repression) and politics of remembrance after 1945. He also takes a particular interest in comparative history and oral history. Between 2004 and 2006, Nico Wouters was one of the researchers of the project 'Docile Belgium' (concerning the persecution of the Jews in Belgium) at CegeSoma. From 2011 onwards, he was head of the section Academic Activities of CegeSoma. In this capacity, he has coordinated research projects (such as the ongoing WWI-project The Great War From Below) and several study days and conferences.

He is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Belgian History and a member of the editorial board of the Low Countries Historical Review. Furthermore, he is guest professor at the History department of Ghent University and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent (School of History).

Some of his recent publications are :


  • Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation: Belgium, the Netherlands and the North of France (1938-1946) (Basingstoke/New York 2016)
  • As editor: Transitional Justice and Memory in Europe (1945-2013) (Antwerp/Cambridge 2014) 
  • With Koen Aerts: Mondelinge geschiedenis in België en de (de-)constructie van collectieve herinnering. Special issue of Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire (92-2, 2014).