Sixth Public History Encounter of the CegeSoma
Monday 30 September 2019 (12.30 pm – 2.00 pm) at CegeSoma
'When photography becomes a historical source in its own right'
Conference-debate (in French) on the occasion of the two new publications 'Bruxelles, ville libérée (1944-1945)' and 'La Wallonie libérée (1944-1945)'
Guest speakers: Mélanie Bost, Alain Colignon, Chantal Kesteloot, Bénédicte Rochet (authors)
Host: Anne Roekens
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation, CegeSoma is pleased to invite you to the presentation of two new publications about the liberation of Brussels and Wallonia.
On 3 September 1944 in the evening, Brussels is liberated.
A different perspective on the agitated weeks and months of the Liberation of Wallonia is proposed by Mélanie Bost and Alain Colignon on the basis of a careful selection of less- or better-known photographs chosen for their documentary-, narrative or aesthetical value, that originate from the collections of CegeSoma and other public and private collections.
During this Public History Meeting hosted by Anne Roekens, the authors will try to answer the following questions: How did the people in Brussels and Wallonia experience this period? Which photographs are still conserved? What do they tell us about the last months of Brussels and Wallonia at war and about the chaotic period that followed? What do they reveal about photographic practice in times of war? Etc.
After the event, you will have the opportunity to buy the two books (each one at € 24.90, 160 pages) - 'Bruxelles, ville libérée (1944-1945)' and 'La Wallonie libérée (1944-1945)' - published by Renaissance du Livre/CegeSoma-State Archives in the collection Cities at War and to have your copy autographed by the authors.
Chantal Kesteloot holds a PhD in history from ULB. She promoted in 2001 with a thesis on the Walloon Movement and Brussels from 1912 to 1965.
Alain Colignon holds a Master's degree in history from University of Liège (ULg) and is in charge of the Library department of CegeSoma/State Archives.
Mélanie Bost, PhD in history from the Catholic University at Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL). After having been a doctoral student at CegeSoma for several years, she defended her thesis about the attitude of the Belgian magistrature during the Second World War. She has authored, among others, a publication in collaboration with Alain Colignon titled 'La Wallonie dans la Grande Guerre 1914-1918' (collection Cities at War, 2016) and one with Chantal Kesteloot titled 'Les commémorations de la Première Guerre mondiale' (CRISP, 2014). Her fields of research are the history of the judiciary and daily life of people during wartime.
| ||Bénédicte Rochet holds a PhD in history from University of Namur with a thesis entitled "Des actualités filmées au service de l'Histoire. La propagande audiovisuelle d'un gouvernement belge en état de siège (1940-1945)". |
She is currently first assistant and visiting lecturer in History at University of Namur. Her fields of research are the history of cinema (filmed current events, Belgian cinema and world conflicts), the First and the Second World War, the history of visual creation in the 20th century and public history (documentaries, web documentaries, expositions...).
Anne Roekens holds a PhD in history from the Catholic University at Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) with a thesis about the role of French-speaking public broadcasting company RTBF in the development of the Walloon identity in the second half of the 20th century.
Conference-debate about the subject: 'When photography becomes a historical source of its own'.
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