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Genealogies of Memory 2020 : Call for Papers: The Holocaust between Global and Local Perspectives


When Nov 4, 2020 - Nov 26, 2020
Where Online
Submission Deadline Jun 21, 2020
Notification Due Jul 1, 2020
Final Version Due Oct 15, 2020
Categories    history   holocaust   memory studies

Call For Papers

Due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus epidemic, we have
decided to introduce a new conference format. In November 2020, we
will organise eight online sessions instead of a traditional conference.
The aim of the conference is to assess the current state of Holocaust memory
research. The context for this is, on the one hand, the globalisation and
universalisation of the meaning of the Holocaust and, on the other, the
recently postulated empirical turn in Holocaust memory studies towards
primary texts and sources as well as local spaces and materialities (e.g.
forensic studies and environmental Holocaust studies), or the use of a
grounded research perspective with regard to Holocaust memory and
We want to discuss the interplay between the universal (global, transnational)
scale of Holocaust memory and that anchored in the endemic space and
culture of historical experience (local, ethnic, national). We are interested in
the influences between the diverse mnemonic scales, including both mutual
inspiration and conceptual misuses, thus the question of the ontological and
ethical limits of mnemonic universalisation, on the one hand, and of micro
contextualisation of memories on the other.
We are inviting scholars of various disciplines to reflect on these issues based
on their research of social and cultural memories in various dimensions: from
linguistic and textual, through institutional, political, psychological, up to
material, spatial and technological. We propose the following thematic blocks
for discussion yet other proposals are welcome as well:
- Theoretical concepts and approaches – interconnections between
national, transnational and global frameworks of Holocaust memory
studies; a critical history focusing on the globalisation process of
Holocaust memory studies, e.g. reconciliation and conflict in memory
politics, global values and local sites of genocide;
- Local historiographies and global challenges – national and local
traditions of history writing, their narrative and thematic structures, and
methodologies applied; the impact of international knowledge transfer;
the phenomenon of Holocaust denial in contemporary societies;
- Languages – significance of endemic languages of Holocaust victims
(also in the context of contemporary Holocaust studies methodology),
language stratification according to various social backgrounds of
language practitioners; different genres of sources, including
testimony, and the challenge of, or misuse by, globalisation;
- Memory landscapes – national and local (non-)sites of traumatic
memory and their discursive environments; socio-spatial forms and
practices of remembering and oblivion; troubled histories and
competitive victimhoods in local memory landscapes;
- Materialities of memory – localisation of the Holocaust, including
ghettos, by studying material remains, the (im)possibility of
globalisation of local material legacies; local collections – practices of
archiving and musealisation aiming at preserving and presenting
artefacts of the Holocaust;
- New media and technologies – their role in documenting, archiving
and commemorating local histories related to the Holocaust;
transmission of knowledge about local legacies to global communities;
- Memory institutions and agents – the global meets the local:
transnational institutions in conjunction with local initiatives; local
communities’ reception of, and involvement in, transnational actions;
the impact of international institutional memory policies at national
- Tourism – the ethics and aesthetics of dark tourism and heritage
Invited speakers
• Daniel Blatman (Warsaw Ghetto Museum, Hebrew University of
• Piotr Cywiński (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum)
• Dorota Głowacka (University of Kings' College, Halifax, Canada)
• Éva Kovács (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies)
• Ewa Domańska (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Stanford
• Mindaugas Kvietkausas (Vilnius University)
• Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University)
Organisational information
The conference will be organised as a series of online sessions broadcast on
YouTube and Facebook, with the following schedule:
4 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session One
5 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Two
10 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Tuesday) – Session Three
12 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Four
18 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session Five
19 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Six
25 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session Seven
26 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Eight:
networking + roundtable discussion
A post-conference publication is planned in the form of a collected volume by
a prestigious international academic publisher.
The conference also aims at strengthening academic exchange, in particular
by creating opportunities for young scholars to network with more established
researchers and academics.
We encourage applicants to send abstracts of maximum 350 words,
together with a brief biographical statement and a scan of the signed
‘Consent Clause of the conference abstract provider’
to by 21 June 2020.
The results will be announced by 31 July 2020.
Draft papers (2,000–2,500 words) should be submitted by 15 October 2020.
The conference sessions will be recorded and published online.
It will be possible to include presentations in Prezi, PowerPoint and other
formats in the online sessions.
The conference language is English.
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)
The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) is an
international undertaking aimed at study, documentation and dissemination of
knowledge about the history of 20th century Europe and forms of its
commemoration, with particular consideration given to periods of dictatorship,
war and social upheaval in the face of oppression. The Network’s members
are Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania while Albania, Austria,
the Czech Republic, and Georgia have observer status. More:
Partner institutions:
▪ Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
▪ Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
▪ Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin
Institutions invited to academic discussion:
▪ Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow
▪ Warsaw Ghetto Museum
▪ Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
▪ German Historical Institute, Warsaw
▪ The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, Israel
▪ Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest
▪ Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris
Conference Committee:
▪ Małgorzata Pakier, ENRS (Convenor); Małgorzata Wosińska, JHI
▪ Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper (Warsaw University), Lior Inbar (The
Ghetto Fighters' House Museum), Adam Kerpel-Fronius (Memorial to
the Murdered Jews of Europe), Audrey Kichelewski (Mémorial de la
Shoah), Tamás Kovács (Holocaust Memorial Center), Béla Rásky
(Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies), Roma Sendyka
(Jagiellonian University), Paweł Śpiewak (Jewish Historical Institute),
Hanna Węgrzynek (Warsaw Ghetto Museum), Zofia Wóycicka
(German Historical Institute)
▪ Gábor Danyi, ENRS (Project Coordinator)

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