The Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Cegesoma or CEGES-SOMA) is a Belgian federal research and documentation centre based in Anderlecht, Brussels. It forms part of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office. The institute collects documentation and carries out research on the wars and conflicts of the 20th century and their impact on Belgium.
Rudi Van Doorslaer (nl) is the Director of the institute. Since the first of January 2016, the institution is the fourth Operational Directorate (OD4) of the State Archives. It is led by an operational director, who is supported by the specialised Scientific Committee of the CegeSoma. Workshop (in Dutch) “Daily life in WWII diaries” organized by CegeSoma and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (in cooperation with Ghent University, the University of Antwerp and the FWO) – CegeSoma (Conference Room).
Presentation of the new book Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, 1938-46 by Nico Wouters during an international congress (U Gent – University of Kent) on occupations during both World Wars – University of Kent, Canterbury.
The research conducted at CEGESOMA is twofold: on the one hand there is the research carried out by the permanent researchers and on the other the research projects which are limited in time and are funded with exterior resources, for the most part by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (see Scientific team). These research activities and projects are in the field of 20th century history and principally concern the two world wars. Current research projects are: Two BRAIN projects, IAP "Justice and Populations", European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, MADDLAIN-project, ADOCHS project.