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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.


Issue 4 of the JBH (2018) now available

 The fourth issue of the Journal of Belgian History contains four articles and a contribution to the debate section. Read more...

2019 : A festive year at the CegeSoma!

 Fifty years ago, in 1969 , an enthusiastic team of six young researchers came together to initiate pioneering work on the history of the Second World War … The Centre for Research and historical Studies on the Second World War (CREHSGM), the predecessor to the CegeSoma, was born!
Also in 1969, the first edition of the Journal of Belgian History appeared, which is published by CegeSoma/the State Archives since 2011.
Seventy years ago, in the evening of September 3, 1944, Brussels was liberated by British troops accompanied by Belgians of the Brigade Piron. Read more...

Second Public History Encounter

At  CegeSoma, 20 March 2019 (12:30 – 14:00)
The impact of the first World War in a colonial context
Conference (in French) with Anne Cornet and Enika Ngongo Read more...

EHRI-fellowship on European Waffen-SS veterans

 An interview with Steffen Werther (Institute of Contemporary History - Södertörn University / Sweden), EHRI-fellow in CegeSoma from 4 – 15 February 2019. Read more...

"Wallonia liberated", "Brussels, liberated city": photos wanted !

 In view of the 75 anniversary of the Liberation and the end of the Second World War, two works will be published in the series "Villes en guerre" of Renaissance du Livre.

As for previous editions, these works rely heavily on photographs.

Which representation of the events is given through this medium? What do we learn from it? How to use it? Is it possible to write the history of cities at war by relying heavily on photographs? Read more...

Important notice

New EHRI-fellow at CegeSoma

Dr. Steffen Werther (Södertörn University Sweden) will work from 4-15 February as EHRI-fellow at CegeSoma. More information on Steffen Werther can be found here.

Conference about oral history in Liège

 On 27 February 2019, the Institut d'Histoire Ouvrièvre, Économique et Sociale (IHOES) organises a conference about oral history at Cité Miroir in Liège.

The main topic will be the relationship between methodology and sources on the one hand and historiography on the other. Read more...

Inventorying days at CegeSoma!

 From 8 to 18 January all CegeSoma staff will be busy carrying out a general and thorough inventorying of our collections held at the Square de l'Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare site.
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