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...

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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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...

JBH : New content digitally accessible

 The articles and sections (debate, book reviews, PhD's) of 2017 are now fully accessible online on : www.journalbelgianhistory.be. Read more...

FWO – ‘Research Grant’ for research about the civic purge

 The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) has given Dirk Luyten (CegeSoma) a research grant for research into the civic purge  after the Second World War in the judicial district of Brussels.
The civic purge, better known as the 'list of the military prosecutor',  was a key element of punishment of collaboration after the Second World War in Belgium. It was aimed at less grave and mainly political collaboration. Due to this measure, over 20,000 people lost their political and civil  rights. Read more...

Which sense should we give to commemorations?

 In 2019, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the la liberation of Belgium as well as the 50th anniversary of CegeSoma. This is the perfect occasion for our institution to reflect on the relationship between 'history' and 'commemoration' or public memories.  

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