CFP: Second USC/Yad Vashem Workshop for Advanced PhD Candidates from Universities in the United States, Canada and Israel who are working on Holocaust Topics

Location: University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Date: 25-30 May 2014 (new date)

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2014

The Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, University of Southern California and the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem wish to announce the second joint workshop for advanced PhD candidates working on Holocaust topics.
This workshop intends to bring together graduate students from the United States, Canada, and Israel to exchange ideas and share their research results on the Holocaust, including its antecedents and aftermath.
The Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Yad Vashem’s Research Institute encourage PhD candidates to submit their applications for the workshop, which will be held in English from 25-30 May 2014 at USC, Los Angeles, USA. All topics on the Holocaust are open for consideration.

The sessions of the workshop will consist of presentations by the participants on their particular topics followed by discussion periods.

Workshop participants will be allocated time to utilize the USC Archives and Library, as the Shoah Foundation Archive, the largest central repository of Holocaust video testimonies. The archives’ more than 52,000 personal testimonies are complemented by an extensive library holding on the Holocaustas well as rare documents and books from the Third Reich plus original transcripts from the Nuremberg trials and private papers of Jewish emigrants at USC Doheny library.

Application Qualifications and Procedures
• Applicants must be registered in a university PhD program in the United States, Canada or Israel.
• Applicants from the US and Canada must have finished their course work and be in an advanced stage of their research.

All application materials must be submitted electronically in English by 31 January. Selections will be announced by 28 February 2014. An application consists of:

• A completed application form (The application form is available on the Yad Vashem website at
• One-page abstract proposal
• Recommendation letter from the PhD advisor
• List of relevant USC archival holdings for the project
• Short academic biography (15-20 lines)

Applications should be submitted to both:

Mr. Eliot Nidam Orvieto
The International Institute for Holocaust Research
Yad Vashem
Prof. Wolf Gruner
University of Southern California
Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies

The submitted applications will be discussed between the two partner institutions. Final selection of applications for US-American and Canadian participants will be made by the University of Southern California. Israeli applications will be decided upon by Yad Vashem. Additional funding for travel may be available upon request.

****This workshop is a continuation of the international exchange workshop program stated by the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, in 1999.****

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