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New website: Lepsiushaus

Our friends at Lepsiushaus have a new website.

[English below] Das Potsdamer Lepsiushaus ist eine in Deutschland und Europa einmalige Forschungs- und Begegnungstätte. Sie beschäftigt sich mit der Gewaltgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, insbesondere mit dem Völkermord an den Armeniern.

Lepsiushaus Postdam is a research centre and meeting place unique in Germany and Europe. It deals with the history of violence in the 20th century, especially the Armenian genocide.

Check it out here: http://www.lepsiushaus-potsdam.de

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CFP: Reparative Histories: Radical Narratives of ‘Race’, and Resistance

11-12 September 2014, University of Brighton, UK

An interdisciplinary conference inaugurating the Research Cluster, ‘Representation: ‘Race’, Culture and Identity’

This interdisciplinary conference addresses the role of historical representation in shaping radical cultural, aesthetic, and political meanings of ‘race’. Celebratory conceptions of identity, e.g. ‘hybridity’, ‘transnationalism’, and the ‘global’, developed within the abstracted frames of postmodernism often fail to account for the nature and complexity of contemporary processes of identity formation, or for their contested political mobilisations and contexts. The conference is interested in critical historical and cultural representations that are rooted in particularhistories and cultures and their legacies in the contemporary moment.

The conference questions what it means to turn to history to appeal for recognition and redress in the present. It will address why the appeal to ‘origins’ remains such a powerful tool of oppression and of resistance, and how traditions of political struggle are currently being rearticulated. We are interested in why certain forms of resistance to oppression are often framed within the context of trauma rather than historical agency.  From the election of Obama to the increasingly effective slavery reparations movement, and from South Africa’s post-apartheid complexity to the rise of far-Right parties in Europe, and the reconfiguration of Europe as a fortress, ‘race’ remains a lightening rod telegraphing the fault-line within liberal democracies, and exposing their hidden histories.

The conference aims to contribute to current debates concerning the ethics and limits of representation in questioning constructions of ‘race’ and their re-workings in, for example, specifically Black and diasporic aesthetic and intellectual traditions, e.g. archival absences and traces; the politics of historical commemoration; twentieth century African American aesthetics and Communism; the legacies of transatlantic slavery; colonial legacies and postcolonial identities; ‘race’, agency and the politics of identity; trauma and representation; the historical and contemporary intersections of ‘race’ gender and sexuality; the politics of reparations; interracial anti-racisms and African Atlantic cultural formations.

Questions for consideration might include (but are not limited to the following):

  • How are histories of transatlantic slavery, anti-slavery, colonialism and anti-colonialism mobilised to support contemporary and conflicting political arguments about diversity, immigration and ‘race’?
  • What roles can contested, radical and resistant narratives play within dominant and/or redemptive historical, cultural or literary discourses?
  • How do we construct histories of transatlantic slavery, anti-slavery and movements for racial redress in order to strengthen arguments against racial injustice ‘from below’?
  • What are the consequences of replacing historical narratives structured by the universalism of liberal sentiment with those founded in ‘rage’, resistance and redress?
  • What role does imaginative fiction, film or other forms of artistic representation have in reconstructing contested pasts?
  • How do contemporary representations of slavery challenge the plantation myth?
  • How do we account, historically, for the case that there has been a recent burgeoning of public memorialisation of slavery at the same time as increasingly conservative public discourse about racial justice?
  • How have the intersections of ‘race’, class, gender and sexuality within historical and contemporary labour struggles been theorized and/or represented?
  • How might historical chronologies defined by forgetting, absence or denial be disrupted through aesthetic, theoretical, or conceptual intervention.
  • How do we further specify and conceptualise the ‘legacies’ of imperialism, colonialism and slavery?  Does the term ‘legacy’ help or hinder an understanding of the relations between the past and the present?
  • What is, or what might be, the shape of reparative history?

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr Priyamvada Gopal (University of Cambridge), and Dr Brian Kelly (Queen’s University, Belfast).

We invite proposals from across the disciplines. They may concern historical and/or contemporary issues or moments and address any representational form. We welcome proposals for single papers, panels, or for plenary discussions. (Please provide a brief rationale for a panel or a plenary.) If your proposal speaks to one of the conference questions listed above, please specify this in your submission. Postgraduate submissions are of course welcome.

Proposals of 250 words and a brief biography/CV should be sent to Anita Rupprecht (A.Rupprecht@brighton.ac.uk) and Cathy Bergin (C.B.Bergin@brighton.ac.uk). Closing date for proposals: 7th of May 2014.

The conference fee is £90. There is a fee of £45 for graduate students and for those with no institutional affiliation.

The conference will be held at the Grand Parade Campus, University of Brighton.

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CFP: International Conference: Bystanders, rescuers or perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah – Facts, Myths and Countermyths

Centro Sefarad Israel – Madrid, Center for Holocaust and Genocide StudiesMinnesota, Mémorial de la Shoah – Paris, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs – Bern, Topography of Terror Foundation- Berlin, Living History Forum – Stockholm, Memoshoá/Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust – Lisbon and Tarih Vakfı/History Foundation – Istanbul are calling for scholarly papers on:

Policies of the Neutral Countries during the Holocaust and the Public Debate on them in these Countries

More than a decade ago, two American reports comparing the attitude of neutral countries during and after the Holocaust gained broad public attention. The Eizenstat reports of 1997 and 1998 focused on economic and financial questions. However questions of refugee policies and rescue myths in neutral countries are also central and their importance grew in the last decade.

Several new academic studies on the stances of the neutral countries, published in the past years, question the long-standing myth cultivated by these countries’ governments and public opinion, according to which they had gone to great lengths to rescue persecuted Jews.

All of these books agree that in reality, no active assistance had been offered. Without really having done any comparative research, some authors even went so far as to claim that “their” country had offered less help than others – a kind of “negative myth.” One of the reasons for this is that there is still a lack of comparative studies. One of the aims of the proposed colloquium is to provide a foundation for future transnational study.

The conference will thus aim at addressing the following issues:

  • The neutral countries’ reactions to Nazi anti-Jewish policies and their own policies on Jewish refugees;
  • Their response to the German ultimatum to either repatriate all Jews from neutral countries who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe or to allow their deportation (2013 marked the 70th anniversary of this ultimatum);
  • The genesis and long-lasting effects of „rescue myths“, the current state of the discussion regarding the neutral countries’ positions during the Holocaust;
  • The dealing with the history of the Jewish persecution in state fact-finding commissions and committees of historians;
  • Educational programs and public remembrance of the Holocaust.


It is not the primary aim of this conference to present cut-and-dried results, but to provide as much room as possible for discussion in order to foster an exchange between academics, opinion makers and multipliers from then-neutral countries and thus to establish a basis for the development of transnational or bilateral research and/or Holocaust remembrance projects. We hope to create an academic exchange among experts which will be continued in the future.

Working languages of the meeting will be English and Spanish.

Transportation and accommodation of participants from outside Madrid will be covered if institutions they belong to cannot ensure coverage.

Please send your proposals (up to 350 words) and brief CV no later than May 4, 2014 to:  conference2014@sefarad-israel.es

Provided funds can be secured, the conference will take place at Centro Sefarad-Israel, Madrid, 24 – 26 Nov 2014. Contact person: Yessica San Roman, telephone: +34 91 391 1002.

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CFP: Genocide Studies International – Call for Papers for 2015

The editors of the new print journal Genocide Studies International are issuing a call for papers. The first issue is already in press and will appear in March 2014 as a special issue on “The Failure of Prevention.”

The second issue will be a general issue open to articles on all aspects of the phenomenon of genocide, and is scheduled to appear in September 2014.

The third issue, due out in March 2015, will be a special issue on the Ottoman Genocide of Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks. April 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of what is generally considered the start of this genocidal process. The deadline for submissions for the third issue will be September 1, 2014.

The fourth issue, to appear in September 2015, will be a special issue on “The Political Economy of Genocide.” The deadline for submissions for the fourth issue will be February 9, 2015.

The journal is peer reviewed, comparative in nature, and will include articles and reviews as well as regular features to engage and immerse readers in current news and activities in the field of genocide and human rights studies.

Submissions and editorial inquiries should be addressed to genstudintl@outlook.com.

People interested in submitting books for review, suggesting titles, or in writing academic reviews, should contact the Book Review Editor, Prof. Hilary Earl, at gsibookreview@gmail.com.

Submission guidelines can be found at


For more information on Genocide Studies International, including subscriptions, visit


Genocide Studies International is the official journal of the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) and is published in partnership with the University of Toronto Press.

University of Toronto Press Journals
5201 Dufferin St, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 5T8
Phone: 416-667-7777 Fax: 416-667-7881

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CFP: Britain and Genocide in the 1990s

This inter-disciplinary conference, to be held at Northumbria University, will focus on Britain’s response to the challenges posed by genocide in the 1990s and try to examine their consequences and aftermaths. “Britain” here is defined widely to include government, NGOs, media, the public and other actors. It will look at Britain’s practical response to crises (e.g. military intervention, the work of NGOs), Britain’s role in influencing the international debate on intervention and the development of the intellectual argument surrounding the response to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

The conference aims to identify patterns and contrasts in the response to incidents of genocide and ethnic cleansing and to explore the legacy of the decade. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Foreign policy making in response to genocide
  • Britain at the United Nations
  • Media coverage and other representations
  • The impact of crises on Britain’s diplomatic relationships
  • The work of non-governmental organisations
  • Public attitudes towards intervention
  • The role of race thinking in conceptualising crises
  • Parliamentary debate
  • Prosecuting the perpetrators of genocide
  • The reception of refugees into Britain
  • The legacy of the 1990s on future interventions
  • The development of a particular Holocaust memory during the decade

Comparative papers that explore the response to more than one crisis are especially welcome; however, papers focussed on the response to one particular crisis will also be accepted. Papers, covering violence in any geographic region, are encouraged from all disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite abstracts for 20 minute papers. Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to Dr Dean White at genocide@gmail.com”>britain.and.genocide@gmail.com by 30 June 2014. Please also include a biography of no more than 200 words.

The conference will be held at Northumbria University (Newcastle) on 13 January 2015.

Dean White
Email: britain.and.genocide@gmail.com

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EHRI Fellowships in Holocaust Studies 2014

Extra Fellowships at

  • Jewish Museum Prague,
  • Institute of Contemporary History, Munich,  
  • NIOD Amsterdam

EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) invites applications for its fellowship programme for 2014.

The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust. The fellowships intend to support researchers and younger scholars, especially PhD candidates with limited resources. The fellowships are funded by the European Union under the rules of FP7 transnational access and are thus open to applicants working at institutions established in FP7 member (the EU-28) and associate states. Candidates from Central and Eastern Europe are especially encouraged to apply. EHRI aims at creating an equal opportunity environment and thus does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The following EHRI partners are offering fellowships; each will be awarded on a competitive basis:

  • Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic: 2 fellowships
  • Institute of Contemporary History, Munich, Germany: 3 fellowships
  • NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 2 fellowships

EHRI fellowships include a stipend for housing and living expenses as well as travel to and from the inviting institution. Recipients are responsible for securing visas if necessary. Fellows will have access to the research infrastructure of the respective EHRI partner institution including access to a computer. The average length of the researcher’s stay is 4 weeks, but the fellow may extend the stay at his/her own expense and in accordance with the host institution and visa regulations. Fellows will be expected to spend 3 days a week at the host institution to conduct research on their research project. Research at other institutions in the vicinity of the respective host is encouraged.

Read more about the call and application at www.ehri-project.eu/fellowships.
For inspiration, read about the EHRI Fellows 2012, and EHRI Fellows 2013.

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Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (AJC PSA)

I am honored to have been a part of the Program for Students Abroad. It was a great mix of tours, history, present culture, and important education. I absolutely recommend this program.” -2011 PSA Participant

Applications are now open here for the AJC PSA, a long-weekend program in Kraków for students studying overseas. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland. The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided.


April 10-13, 2014

April 24-27, 2014

May 8-11, 2014

May 22-25, 2014


All programs begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening. Housing is available Sunday evening upon request. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Need-based partial fee waivers are available for the $375 program fee. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków. Click here for a sample syllabus.

For further information, please contact Dara Bramson at DBramson@mjhnyc.org, visit our website here, and follow us on Facebook here for ongoing updates.

Dara Bramson
Program Coordinator, Auschwitz Jewish Center
Email: dbramson@mjhnyc.org
Visit the website at http://www.mjhnyc.org/a_affiliates_ajc.html

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Symposium: Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies

Washington University in St. Louis
March 20-22, 2014

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis announces the 22nd St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture. Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies, organized by Professors Erin McGlothlin and Jennifer Kapczynski, will take place on March 20-22, 2014.

This international, interdisciplinary symposium will assess the relationship between German Studies and Holocaust Studies today. Symposium participants will explore how German Studies engages institutionally, methodologically and disciplinarily with Holocaust memory and representation and probe the attendant issues of pedagogy and canonization raised by this inquiry. A full schedule can be found on the conference website.

The symposium is free and open to the public. A limited number of travel grants for advanced graduate students and assistant professors are available; the deadline for application is February 15, 2014. The deadline for registration is March 6, 2014. For information about registering for the conference and to apply for travel grants please visit the symposium website:
http://crossingthedivide.wustl.edu .

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Seminar: US Holocaust Memorial Museum Seminar for University Faculty – Teaching about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Perpetrators, Collaborators, Bystanders, and Victims.

The 2014 Silberman Seminar for University Faculty, June 2–13, 2014, Washington, DC, is designed for professors of all disciplines teaching or preparing to teach courses about the Holocaust or related topics and who wish to further their understanding of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.

The Seminar will present the latest scholarly findings on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and provide an overview of ideological aims and tactics used in “the East.”

Participants will examine the Soviet Jewish communities and culture prior to World War II, and the relations between Jews and other Soviet nationalities within the context of modern Russian history and the impact of the Stalinist regime. Sessions will include discussions on pedagogical strategies across multiple disciplines.

The Seminar will be co-led by Jeffrey Veidlinger, Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan; and Lynne Viola, Professor of History, University of Toronto, Canada.

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CFP: Workshops The diaries of Anne Frank. Contextualisation— Reception— Representations

Call for Papers for early career scholars

Lichtenberg Kolleg, Georg August Universität Göttingen/ Fritz Bauer Institute, Frankfurt

Workshop 1 – Contextualisation: September 2014 (Florence, 17-18 September 2014)
Workshop 2 – Reception: April 2015 (Sussex)
Workshop 3 – Representations: September 2015 (t.b.a.)

Deadlines CFP: 15 March 2014 (workshop 1)/ 1 May 2014 (workshops 2/3)

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War our knowledge about the war and the Holocaust is based upon a wide variety of sources and a rich range of historiographies. Amongst the first sources to be published, and quickly acquiring a rather unique status, were the diary notes of Anne Frank. Around the world many children and teenagers have read and are still reading editions of Anne´s diaries—either at school or in private. In the biography of many readers as well as in national commemorative cultures the engagement with the war and the Holocaustbegan with the diary of Anne Frank. It became a symbol.

So far much research has focused on important issues such as the authenticity of the diaries. The Lichtenberg Kolleg at the Georg August Universität Göttingen and the Fritz Bauer Institute at the University of Frankfurt are currently jointly preparing a new historical-critical edition of the diaries of Anne Frank in Dutch, English and German as well as an accompanying research monograph. This new project aims to open up a range of additional and new perspectives, exploring the history of Anne Frank and her diaries within the framework of more comparative European, if not global cultural, intellectual, literary and political history.

In addition to a number of fellows working at the Lichtenberg Kolleg on issues of contextualisation, reception and representation of the diaries, we also plan to explore these questions in-depth during three workshops that will be held in September 2014 (Contextualisation), April 2015 (Reception) and September 2015 (Representations) respectively.

Our first workshop will focus on ‘contextualisation’. What were the broader cultural, intellectual and political contexts from which the diaries originated? Which literary models were available to Anne Frank when she wrote her texts? Which cultural and moral connections did she make? To what extent do the diaries belong to Jewish cultures? What were the political circumstances of Jews in the occupied Netherlands, in Germany or the neighbouring states? Which experiences and traditions did the Frank family bring to the Netherlands? What were the war time experiences of teenagers—in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, St. Petersburg/Leningrad?

Our second workshop will focus on ‘reception’. Why and how were the diaries read across the globe? What are the translation and publication histories of the diaries? Which metamorphoses did the history of Anne Frank experience, as it was adapted in a wide variety of regions, countries and cultures across the globe for decades? How did a teenage girl, living in hiding due to the Nazi persecution of the Jews, became a worldwide symbol in the memory cultures of the Holocaust? And what, to open up a final normative dimension, should the legacy of the diaries be in the near future?
Our third workshop will focus on ‘representation’. How have the diaries since their original publication been adapted and represented? What did, and does, it mean to perform the diaries, to put them on the stage, in the theatre, in the movies? How has the legacy of Anne Frank been represented in exhibitions all over the world? What lessons for future generations have been forwarded and suggested on the basis of the diaries in all these representations?

Early career scholars are invited to send their abstracts for a 30-45 minute paper to participate in one of the workshops. Papers given at these workshops will be considered for inclusion in the research monograph, to be submitted to Cambridge University Press in 2016. Please send your abstract (600 words maximum) by March 15, 2014 (workshop 1) or May 1, 3014 (workshops 2/3) to: lichtenbergkolleg@zvw.uni-goettingen.de.

Dr. Gerben Zaagsma
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Lichtenberg-Kolleg – the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study
Geismar Landstraße 11
D-37083 Göttingen
Email: lichtenbergkolleg@zvw.uni-goettingen.de
Visit the website at http://lichtenberg-kolleg.org/2014/02/10/call-for-papers-the-diaries-of-anne-frank-contextualisation-reception-representations/

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