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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.


Fourth Public History Encounter of the CegeSoma

 At CINEMATEK on Thursday 16 May 2019 (5.30 pm – 7.00 pm)


'L'histoire d'espoir de la résistante armée Sarah Goldberg'


Screening of the movie (in French) about the story of hope of Resistance fighter Sarah Goldberg, attended by director Patricia Niedzwiecki. Read more...

CegeSoma publishes its annual report 2018

 Positioned between two major commemorative events of two World Wars, the year 2018 was an essential year for CegeSoma.

 

We created the foundation for a reorientation of our strategic research policy and for a thorough overhaul of our collection and repository management policy.

 

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A price reduction and an anniversary issue of the JBH in 2019

 Thanks to the financial support of the Universitaire Stichting – Fondation Universitaire and the FNRS we can announce some good news : the cost of the Journal of Belgian History will be reduced. As of 2019, you will pay as an individual reader only 40 euro (without shipping costs) for a subscription of four issues; institutions will pay 60 euro (without shipping costs). One issue will cost only 15 euro (a single issue) or 25 euro (a double sized issue). Bookshops can enjoy a 20% discount. This reduction will not have any impact on the quality of the content, quite on the contrary.
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Editathon of CegeSoma about Brussels at War

 On 25 April, the CegeSoma held its first Editathon about Brussels in times of war, also aimed at presenting UGESCROWD  the new crowdsourcing platform developed within the framework of the UGESCO project. Read more...

Call for papers : Cultures of Spectacles in German-occupied Belgium. Parallels and Differences between the First and the Second World War.

 In March 2020, the institute for Media Studies (KU Leuven) and CegeSoma will organize a  workshop about the multiple types of spectacles (cinema, theatre, music-hall, circus, fairs, dance, cabaret, etc.) that took place in occupied Belgium during the First and the Second World War. Read more...

Third Public History Encounter at the CegeSoma


 on 23 April 2019 (12.30 pm – 2.00 pm)

The use of Violence in Times of War

A conference-debate (in Dutch) with guest speakers Frank Seberechts and Bruno De Wever moderated by Bart Willems Read more...

Double invitation CegeSoma by CIVA

 Within the framework of the UGESCO project (Upscaling the Geo-temporal Enrichment, exploration and exploitation of Scientific Collection), the CegeSoma/State Archives organise a conference afternoon on 25 April (from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm) about crowdsourcing, followed by a practical application of the concept during the editathon evening (editing marathon/contributive event) from 5.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

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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...
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