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Organiser: Centre Marc Bloch

Acts of Justice, Public Events. World War II Criminals on Trial

Deadline: 30-03-2017
Location: Prague, Czech Republic


Acts of Justice, Public Events. World War II Criminals on Trial
Prague, Czech Republic
12–14 October 2017

This conference originates from the encounter of three projects: a Russian-French project on trials in the USSR (FMSH/RGNF), the micro-project of the Labex Création, Arts, Patrimoines ‘Images de la justice”, and the WW2CRIMESONTRIAL1943-1991 project supported by the French National Research Agency, whose first step it is.
Partners: Centre Marc Bloch, CERCEC, CEFR, CERHEC, GDR Europe médiane, and CEFRES.
Scientific Committee: D. Astashkin, A. Blum, A. Kichelewski, S. Lindeperg, F. Mayer, G. Mouralis, M. Steinle, I. Tcherneva
The social history of trials of war crimes and of crimes against humanity, which took place in the aftermath of WWII and its following decades, opens up two new investigation fields. First, taking into account the legal, political and social dimensions of these trials calls forth the inclusion of the various actors who co-produced the legal action. Recent historiography has indeed started to investigate the practices and discourses of the professionals working in the justice system, as well as of the political authorities and of the witnesses who somehow shaped the trials. Second, the diversity of the media mobilized to cover the trials, along with the diversity and temporalities of their hybrid usages, are still a brand new field of exploration. Therefore, the studies focusing on the platforms disseminating the information about these trials cast a new light on the frictions between the ‘legal dramaturgy’ and those provided by journalistic, literary, and visual narratives.
The aim of this conference is to join these two fields of investigation focusing on the trials which were designed as public events. By including the many professional and social actors who got involved and shaped such public, or publicized, trials, we endeavour to question the notion of publicization. The political and institutional choices not to have closed hearings had an impact on the ways such trials were made public. A specific policy accompanied the distribution of the information in order to channel their perception by the population as well as the interactions between the authorities and the latter. On an epistemological level, putting at a distance the notions of communication and mediatization allows for a reappraisal of these actors, who were more than those implementing political decisions. It also enables to consider the press, written or filmed, the radio and the theatre, not only as sheer channels of political information through other media.
Analysing the forms of involvement of these various actors (magistrates and police force, whistleblowers, witnesses, defendants…) should therefore be crossed with a study of the part played by the media supports in the organization, the development and the reception of the trials. The conference will thus highlight the specificity of these publicized trials within the procedures conducted against criminals against humanity.
The tensions between the legal and historical nature of such trials shall not only be studied through the intents and practices of the political and legal authorities, but also through the part played by the other co-makers of the event. Special emphasis will be put for instance on the search for perpetrators by former victims who called on investigative bodies to bring them to justice, on the involvement of commemorative associations in organizing the trials, on the reactions of the public, on the media coverage of the trials. Sometimes, the readers of the newspapers which published such promotional materials, demanded heavier sentences and a large coverage of the prosecutions of war criminals. Was such public participation only organized from the top?
Moreover, legal and media actors, witnesses and memory communities took part in the shaping of WWII narratives promoted in the public space in part by legal action. If we consider these trials as social facts, another challenge must be met that concerns more specifically the trials taking place in the East of Europe, in the states undergoing Soviet satellization. An analytical method seeks to understand how public space was thought up in socialist regimes. Benefiting from the outcomes of the research led on the forms of autonomy of social actors under socialism, we strive to intertwine this perspective with a comparative approach as we investigate the trials taking place in Eastern and Western Europe. Such approach will enable to deal both with the political dimension of public trials and with the forms of mobilization of professional and social actors in the context of the Cold War.
The political time frame pertaining to each country will be taken into consideration.
For instance, the legacy of the Soviet trials of the 1930s shall not be overlooked, although the transformations introduced in the after-war should not be underestimated. How were such trials of crimes against humanity employed in order to consolidate the internal legitimacy of the various regimes, to unfold political pedagogy and stir popular participation within the societal project aimed at? Did individual requests or popular unrest influence the choice to make these trials public or not?
The proposed method should enable to position them in connection with the national narratives on WWII cast after the war and to give a sense of the responses according to the various types of political regimes.
The conference will be built around three research topics. Which professional, institutional and individual actors got involved as these trials unfolded within the different historical and national contexts, and what was the extent of their autonomy? To what political and social aims did the publicization practices of these trials answer to? How did the arts and the press media shape the reception of these trials?
I. The first research topic of this conference shall be devoted to identifying of the involved actors, and to understanding the forms and extent of their involvement, and the mutual interactions of such actors with uneven political and symbolic assets. It shall follow the steps of the publicization of the trials: the mobilization of actors (broadly speaking, e.g. including close and distant audiences of the trials); the making of media (films, photography exhibitions, etc.); the reception. Papers dealing with the following topics will be especially welcome: what relationships did political makers engage with the population? What could prompt new actors (institutional, associative…) to get involved as the trials were set up? What interactions can be observed during the reception of these trials? In socialist regimes, could the political pedagogy conducted by political authorities during the trials stir social initiatives? According to which criteria, the degrees of the autonomy of the bottom up legal elaboration can be determined for different national contexts?
II. The second research topic shall investigate the aims granted by the State to such public trials and their political consequences. The reinterpretation of WWII during the trials stands out within the range of legitimacy strategies followed by the State. Was the public nature of these trials connected with commemorative endeavours, even with small-scaled investigations? More broadly, how were such decisions to make these trials public received? In this wake, what practices were unfolded by legal and professional actors or by witnesses? What spaces of autonomy were at stake as knowledge and expertises met? What pedagogy of power can be disclosed as the work of the legal system received such emphasis?
III. Special focus shall be put in a third topic area on the communication tools used to cover the trials and on their content. Connecting studies on cinema, the written press, the radio, leaflets, and the arts, can help understanding the specificity and temporality of the usages of each medium. Media professionals, who put into words and images the portraits of the victims, the perpetrators and the witnesses, shall be put under scrutiny, along with the processes they resorted to. How did they interact with the know-how and the documentation that were provided by other professional
actors implied in setting up the legal procedures? In which social, political and professional contexts did the visual and textual representations get shaped? How did the media impact the trial dramaturgy, the attorneys, judges, defendants and witnesses? What portraits of the public did they sketch? Observing the possible correlations, or even confrontations, between the ‘legal dramaturgy’ elaborated by legal actors and the police, on the one hand, by the media on the other, shall be at the core of this topic.
Papers can consist in case studies of trials or approach transversal dynamics can focus on types of involved actors, forms of public engagement and of mediatization of the trials. The analysis of international dimensions of such trials is particularly welcome, both in terms of aims sought by a large-scale media coverage and in terms of international exchange of information, legal know-how, witnesses, exhibits.
The language of the conference and its proceedings will be English.
Please send by the 30 of March 2017 a 300 word proposal in English including a title, along with a selective bibliography and a short resume to:
Submission of proposals: 30 March 2017
Notification of acceptance/refusal: 1 June 2017
Dates of the colloquium: 12–14 October 2017
Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers in priority for researchers without tenure.

Centre Marc Bloch, CERCEC, CEFR, CERHEC, GDR Europe médiane, and CEFRES

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Audrey Kichelewski
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste/Action Reconci

Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: London, UK


Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution


Sixth international multidisciplinary conference, to be held at Birkbeck, University of London, and Wiener Library, London, 10-12 January 2018


In memory of David Cesarani


This conference is planned as a follow-up to the five successful conferences, which took place at Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.


The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Roma and Sinti, Slavonic peoples, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called ‘racially impure’, and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a ‘survivor’ is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.


The organisers welcome proposals, which focus on topics and themes of the ‘life after’, ranging from the experience of liberation to the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory and consciousness, and questions of theory and methodology.


In response to recent scholarly debate and feedback we have received from the last conference, for this sixth conference we are keen to encourage papers on:


- Comparative experiences of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors

- Jewish returnees from the Soviet Union

- Research on Holocaust education

- Literary representation of survival


As previously, we also warmly welcome new research in the following areas:


- DPs in post-war Europe

- Former forced labourers in central, east and south-east Europe

- Relief and rehabilitation

- Reception and resettlement

- Survivors in ‘grey zones’, including kapos

- Soviet and other prisoners of war

- The legacy of euthanasia and medical experiments

- Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process

- Rescuers and liberators

- Child survivors

- Gender and survival

- Physical and psychological consequences

- Trials and justice

- Reparation and restitution

- Film, photography and other visual representations

- Memory and testimony

- Museums and memorials

- Archives and record-building


Panel proposals are welcome.


We particularly encourage early career scholars and PhD candidates to apply; and we are pleased to announce that the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund will support a number of speakers in specific areas of research with travel grants.


Please send an abstract of 200-250 words together with biographical background of 50-100 words by 31 March 2017 to Dieter Steinert:


All proposals are subject to a review process.


Fees: GBP85 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels and evening events, lunches and refreshments during the conference. Further information and registration details will be made available in due time.


The conference is being organised by:

Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museums, London

Ben Barkow, Wiener Library, London

David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London

Christine Schmidt, Wiener Library, London

Johannes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton

Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London

Wiener Library, University of London, University of Wolverhampton

Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dieter Steinert
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: -

Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia


3-Day Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd 2017 
Sponsored by PARC University of the Arts, London; Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA; WARM Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia 
Keynote Speakers include Simon Norfolk, photographer, and Vladimir Miladinović, artist. 
In his book In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies, David Rieff offers a persuasive challenge as to whether the age-long “consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget” still stands in our contemporary era. What should we remember, what should we forget, and why? Do we need to reconfigure the way that we think about memory and its potential impact on issues such as reconciliation and healing in the wake of war? Is memory impotent as a social, political, or aesthetic tool? Rieff’s questions appear more pertinent than ever as wars and conflicts continue to rage in many parts of the world with no end in sight. 
These questions of memory (and forgetting) are intensely political and have far-reaching consequences. This conference will engage with difficult and troubling questions around the value and nature of memory such as how do they reverberate in the context of postwar societies, post-conflict reconciliation, prevention, questions of memory and past events? Does memory discourse help us push the borders of how the concept of memory is currently being configured and applied? To what extent do we remember the past and how do we choose what to remember and why we remember? How could and should (consciously and unconsciously) memory processes shape the present and future? How might public institutions (such as museums and other heritage sites that support education/awareness) deal with the past? What is the difference between commemoration and memorialization? Where do they intersect and how might they impact the process of reconciliation and prevention? How can art function as a site of the aesthetic interpretation of the past? 
We seek papers from a wide-range of historical and geographical spaces that address the discursive limits of contemporary memory studies, particularly drawing on these areas of study: 
• Film/media studies 
• Museum studies/objects/ New Materialism 
• Visual arts • Literature/Narrative
 • Music/Performance 
• Necropolitics/Forensics/Anthropology 
• Politics and aesthetics 
**Interdisciplinary approaches to memory and remembrance studies are welcome. 
There will be two styles of presentations: more formal papers of 20-25 minutes and workshop idea papers of 10-15 minutes. We welcome submissions from artists, early career researchers and post-docs as well as established scholars. We encourage applications from a range of academics, current PhD students, especially those outside of Western European institutions. All papers will be delivered in English.
 Paper proposals should include: 
• author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact email, 
• paper title, 
• a paper abstract (200 words max),
 • and short bio (200 words max). 
Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting formal paper or a workshop idea paper. 
This academic conference is linked to the Art and Reconciliation AHRC funded research project currently being undertaken by The University of the Arts London, King’s College War studies Department, and the LSE. The research is under the auspices of the PACCS Conflict Programme. 
It is also part of the larger WARM festival, which takes place in Sarajevo, Bosnia each summer, and “is dedicated to war reporting, war art, war memory. WARM is bringing together people – journalists, artists, historians, researchers, activists – with a common passion for ‘telling the story with excellence and integrity’.” See this link for more information: 
Registration cost: 150 Euros. 
Concessionary rates are available for faculty applying from non-EU, non-US institutions, and for those who can present a case for reduced fees. Information about hostels and hotels will be provided for participants. 
Please submit your proposals no later than March 17th, 2017 to Decisions will be made by March 31st, 2017. 
The conference is supported by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, Massachusetts, and the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at the University of the Arts London.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: -
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: EHRI

EHRI Fellowship Call 2016-2018

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: -


EHRI invites applications for its fellowship programme (2016-2018)
Next evaluation cut-off date: 31 March 2017

The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as archival and digital humanities knowhow. The fellowships intend to support researchers, archivists, curators, and younger scholars, especially PhD candidates with limited resources.

The fellowships are funded by the European Union under the rules of transnational access and are thus principally open to applicants working at institutions established in member (the EU-28) and associate states. By EU regulations, participation by Fellows working at institutions in third countries is limited to 20% of the total amount of units of access provided by EHRI. It is not possible to apply for a Fellowship at an institution in the same country where one works. 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.

Stipend and duration
EHRI fellowships include a stipend for housing and living expenses as well as travel to and from the inviting institution. These stipends follow the practices of the inviting institution or institutions. 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 duration applicants can apply for is flexible – the minimum unit for stays is one week, while very long stays over 4-6 weeks overall will remain exceptional. 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. At the end of the stay, a report will be required by each EHRI Fellow on the research conducted during the stay(s).

EHRI partner institutions
EHRI is offering Fellowships at one or more of the following EHRI partner institutions; each will be awarded on a competitive basis. For the second assessment period, the following numbers of weeks will be awarded:

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CEGESOMA), Brussels, Belgium
Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Munich, Germany
King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities, London, United Kingdom
EHRI Fellowships at KCL’s Department of Digital Humanities are limited to researchers who wish to explore the application of digital tools and methods to Holocaust-related datasets. Access is provided to the Department’s unique methodological expertise in regard to digital scholarship.
Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority (YV), Jerusalem, Israel
EHRI Fellowships at YV are restricted to archivists, conservation and preservation specialists, museum curators and the like wishing to engage in methodological access.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington (D.C.), United States of America
EHRI Fellowships at the USHMM are restricted to collections infrastructure specialists, such as archivists, cataloguers, collection managers, conservators, curators, film and oral history specialists, librarians, digital curators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge and gain expertise in museum practices, collections access, and infrastructure development. Duration of fellowships should be between 4–6 weeks. For USHMM fellowships designed for scholars to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust, please see:
Bundesarchiv, Berlin / Ludwigsburg / Freiburg / Koblenz / Bayreuth, Germany
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London, United Kingdom
International Tracing Service (ITS), Bad Arolsen, Germany
Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute / Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma (ŻIH), Warsaw, Poland
The Shoah Memorial – Museum, Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation, Paris, France
Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien / Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI), Vienna, Austria
Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest, Romania
Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center / Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (CDEC), Milan, Italy
All application materials must be submitted in English. The application must include the following:

A completed application form.
A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
A four to five page (1,250 to maximum 1,500 words) detailed research project proposal related to the Holocaust (including its antecedents and aftermath) that the applicant plans to undertake during the term of the fellowship as well as an explanation of which institution(s) an applicant wishes to apply to and why this choice fits the chosen research topic.
A letter of recommendation from a reputable academic who is familiar with the applicant’s work. A letter of recommendation should include evaluation of the applicant’s proposed research as well as the overall quality of the applicant’s work. The letter may be sent by email as a scan (including the recommenders signature and letterhead) with the application or directly by the recommender. The letter must be received before the application deadline.
Applicants must also designate a second recommender in the application form. The recommender may be contacted directly by EHRI.
All application material can be sent as an email attachment in DOC or PDF format to Please send all application material at one time. EHRI is offering an open call, with evaluation cut-off dates every nine months, i.e. on 30 September 2015, 30 June 2016, 31 March 2017 and finally on 31 December 2017 – any proposal submitted after the evaluation cut-off date will automatically be included in the following evaluation round.

After checks by EHRI staff whether all proposals are complete and eligible, the proposals will be evaluated for scientific excellence by an independent panel of experts. The applied for duration of the Fellowships may be amended during the evaluation process. In cases of equal evaluation, shorter Fellowships have precedence (as they provide for a higher number of Fellows); the fact whether a Fellow had previous access to the institution or would not have access if not awarded the Fellowship will also be taken into account. Applicants will receive feedback within 2-3 months from the cut-off date.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: EHRI
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research - International Teaching Fellowship

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: -


Call for Applications: International Teaching Fellowship - Deadline: March 31, 2017

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2017-2018 International Teaching Fellowship that will provide support for university and college faculty to integrate testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (VHA) into new or existing courses. This fellowship is only available to faculty at universities and colleges that subscribe to the VHA, either directly or through ProQuest. (To see whether your institution subscribes to the VHA, contact your library or click here.)

The Teaching Fellowship provides financial support and staff assistance to faculty members from VHA access sites who wish to use the testimonies for teaching or student research in their courses. The fellowship is open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches and will be awarded on a competitive basis to the most interesting project or projects.

The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive holds over 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The interviews were conducted in 41 languages and in 62 countries. They encompass the experiences not only of survivors in these contexts, but also of witnesses, liberators, aid providers, and war crimes trials participants. These interviews are life histories, and as such their subject matter includes the history and culture of the countries of the interviewees’ birth and their lives before, during and after genocide.  

Proposals will be judged according to the centrality of the VHA interviews to the course content. Preference will be given to classes that will be taught in the 2017-2018 academic year for existing courses and the 2018-2019 year for new courses.

The stipend will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 with an additional $500 for in-class materials related to the testimonies.

Depending on funding, the awarded faculty will have the opportunity to spend some days in residence at the Center to collaborate with USC Shoah Foundation staff and receive specialized research assistance in preparing for their course. Final course syllabi will be posted to the Center’s website. Faculty will also be expected to give a public presentation of their course experience at the end of the fellowship period.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter, current CV, and proposal (2-3 pages) by March 31, 2017 to 

For further information about the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, please consult our website:


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: National Centre of Science

CFA: Post-doctoral Researcher / 100th anniversaries of the Bolshevik Revolution

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: -


-	PhD in sociology, history or other related disciplines, 
-	Scientific specialization in post-Soviet studies, the social memory in Russia, the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in 20th century, the Soviet media, 
-	Familiarity with the history of Soviet repression,
-	Experience in discourse analysis of Soviet media (newspapers, magazines, web-sites),
-	Experience with work in Russian archives,
-	Very good knowledge of the Russian language (reading, speaking),
-	Very good knowledge of English language.

Post-doctoral researcher will be a member of a team analyzing 100th anniversaries of the Bolshevik Revolution and the 80th anniversaries of the Great Terror in Russia. He or she will be responsible for discourse analysis: content analysis of speeches of the ROC representatives and the state officials during the anniversary celebrations 2017-2018, information appearing on the official websites of the Moscow Patriarchate, of the President of the Russian Federation, of the Butovo Sanctuary, and the Ekaterinburg Archdiocese. He or she will be also responsible for discourse analysis of the pro-Kremlin media. He or she will make library query in Russia to make analysis of archival statements made during anniversary ceremonies which took place in previous years. He or she cooperates with the principle investigator, participates in research team meetings and seminars, write two academic articles. If necessary, he or she supports a team with fieldwork in Russia.

1.	a cover letter,
2.	curriculum vitae including a description of prior research experience, conference presentations, scholarships, full list of publications,
3.	copies of relevant academic certificates,
4.	a copy of the most important publication (preferable in a field of the project),
5.	one letter of reference from academic referee.

Please include in your application your agreement to use your personal date for recruitment procedure: "Wyrażam zgodę na przetwarzanie moich danych osobowych zawartych w ofercie dla potrzeb niezbędnych do realizacji procesu rekrutacji (zgodnie z ustawą o Ochronie Danych Osobowych Dz. U. 2002 nr 101 poz. 926 ze zm.)"

The documents should be sent by email to dr Zuzanna Bogumił ( ), by 31.03.2017 midnight 23:59 CET with the subject “OPUS post-doc”. Candidates will be evaluated by recruitment commission specifically set up for this call. Only pre-selected candidates will be invited for an interview.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Zuzanna Bogumił
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

Mnemonics 2017: The Social Life of Memory

Deadline: 31-03-2017
Location: Frankfurt


The sixth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform from September 7-9, 2017 at Goethe University Frankfurt. Confirmed keynote speakers are Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University, New York) and Anna Reading (King’s College London).

This year’s Mnemonics summer school addresses the ‘social life of memory’. Memory studies is based on the premise that memories emerge (as Maurice Halbwachs argued) within ‘social frameworks’. But this is just the first stage of memory’s social dynamics. Those memories which have an impact in culture don’t just stand still, but lead a vibrant ‘social life’: They are mediated and remediated, emphatically welcomed and harshly criticized, handed on across generations, they travel across space, become connected with other memories or turn into a paradigm for further experience. Conversely, books about the past that are not sold and read, oral stories that are not passed on to grandchildren, history films that are not screened and reviewed, monuments that nobody visits, public apologies that do not engender heated debates – all these will fail to have an effect in memory culture. Memory ‘lives’ only insofar as it is continually shared among people, moves from minds and bodies to media and back again, is performed, remediated, translated, received, discussed and negotiated.

Once we conceive of objects and media as part of memory culture, we realize that these are not stable entities, containing unalterable meanings, but that they unfold their mnemonic significance only within dynamic and transitory social processes. This insight entails methodological consequences. It creates the need to use more complex theory/methodology-designs in order to do justice to the moving constellations we study. This may also mean connecting humanities- and social sciences-approaches. Reception theories, reader response theories, audience studies, performance studies, sociological and political science-methods, museum visitor studies, social history, social psychology, ethnography, or actor-network theory – these all belong to the long list of approaches that we may want to draw on in order to study what our research group here in Frankfurt calls ‘socio-medial constellations’ of memory.

The metaphor of the ‘social life of memory’ is not yet a clear-cut concept. However, it resonates with existing ideas, from Mikhail Bakhtin’s ‘social life of discourse’ to Arjun Appadurai’s ‘social life of things’ or Alondra Nelson’s ‘the social life of DNA’. It also brings to mind the ‘afterlife’ of artworks as it was addressed by Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin. More recently, and within the new memory studies, Astrid Erll and Stephanie Wodianka have addressed the life of ‘memory-making films’ by studying their embeddedness in social contexts and in ‘plurimedial constellations’. In her study of Walter Scott, Ann Rigney has theorized the social (after-)lives of texts and authors in cultural memory.

The summer school welcomes paper proposals that display a keen interest in the dynamic interplay of medial and social aspects of memory culture and that suggest ways to explore ‘the social life of memory’ – from the perspectives of contemporary memory cultures across the globe as well as from historical viewpoints. Possible topics include, but are emphatically not restricted to, the following:

What social practices and networks bring (and have historically brought) memory to life (or fail to do so)?
How are media of memory socially framed and reframed?
How can we study the social reception of media of memory (e.g. via discursive remembering, in interpretive communities, by historical audiences etc.) ?
What are the social dynamics of memory-translation (the ‘cultural translation’ of memories, but also ‘literal translations’ of memory texts)?
Which performances express and foster the social life of memory, or inhibit it?
How do memory objects ‘travel’, what are their trajectories (or mnemonic ‘object biographies’)?
What are the economics and politics of mnemonic objects (in the sense of Appadurai’s ‘social life of things’)?
How do space and movement influence the social life of memory?
How does time factor in the social life of memory (when do memories emerge, circulate or become inert)?
How does politics enable or interfere with the social life of memory?
What types of ‘social life’ can we distinguish (lives as ‘monumental memory’, as ‘countermemory’, ‘agonistic lives’ etc.)?
How can we critically assess the logic of the metaphor of ‘social life’ (and its possible religious, biologistic etc. overtones) and find concepts that fine-tune, substitute or complement it?


The Mnemonics summer school serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The objective is to help graduate students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.

Each of the three days of the summer school will start with a keynote lecture, followed by sessions consisting of three graduate student papers, responses and extensive Q&A. Participants are expected to be in attendance for the full three days of the summer school. In order to foster incisive and targeted feedback, all accepted papers will be pre-circulated among the participants and each presentation session will be chaired by a senior scholar who will also act as respondent.

Practical Information

Local organizers: Mnemonics 2017 will be hosted by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, which is an initiative of the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre. Both are located at Goethe University Frankfurt. Organizers are Astrid Erll, professor at the Institute for England and America Studies at Goethe University, Erin Högerle and Jarula M. I. Wegner, PhD candidates on the DFG research project “Migration and Transcultural Memory: Literature, Film the ‘Social Life’ of Memory Media”.

Where: Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt, located in Frankfurt Westend and easily accessible by car, train (Frankfurt central station) or airplane (Frankfurt Airport, FRA)

When: September 7-9, 2017

Costs: 200€. The fee includes conference registration, a private bedroom at Ibis Hotel Centrum close to Frankfurt central station for three nights (September 6-9) and most meals. Travel to Goethe University is not covered, and prospective attendees are encouraged to check travel costs in advance. For those who do not require overnight accommodation, the fee is 50€.

Scholarship: Memory studies is an increasingly global field, and we hope to see this reflected in the composition of the participant group. We therefore encourage graduate students based at non-European institutions, particularly in the Global South, to apply for admission to the summer school. In order to facilitate their participation, Frankfurt offers one scholarship for a fully-funded place at the summer school. Awarded on the basis of both merit and need, it covers all travel expenses, hotel costs, a daily allowance, the conference fee and visa assistance. If you want to be considered for this scholarship, please indicate this in your application, include a budget estimate and disclose any other sources of funding.

Submission: Submissions are open to all graduate students interested in memory studies. About half of the 24 available places are reserved for students affiliated with Mnemonics partner institutions.

Send: A 300-word abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, presenter’s name and institutional affiliation), a description of your graduate research project (one paragraph) and a short CV (max. one page) as a single Word or PDF document to: mnemonics2017 [at] gmail [dot] com

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017

Deadline for submission of paper drafts: August 15, 2017

Questions? Write to mnemonics2017 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Basic information:
Deadline: 31-03-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Mnemonics Network
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

CFP: Communism and Communist parties. Policies, Actions, Debates

Deadline: 01-04-2017
Location: Pula, Croatia


CALL FOR PAPERS : Communism and Communist parties. Policies, Actions, Debates

3rd International Conference Socialism on the Bench

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
September 28-30, 2017

Deadline: April 1, 2017

While the themes of the last conference reflected the anniversaries of 1945 and 1990, with the beginning and end of state socialism, the third Socialism on the Bench conference will again be echoing historical events. With the theme Communists and Communist Parties: Policies, Actions, Debates, we want to encourage research into communist activity in a broader geographical area than the one covered by socialist Yugoslavia, and during a period lasting longer than the existence of that country. Primarily moved by the centenary of the October Revolution, we are open to all presentations that will consider realized and unrealized communist policies, successful and failed actions, fertile and sterile debates. In other words, all the stratified currents within the communist circles who have fought for power, or gained it, kept it and lost it, all the weight of the relationships between communists and towards anti-communist forces, all the successes and failures of communist activities in the fields of internal and foreign politics, social and economic relations, education, science, culture and art. Being aware of the fact that the last two conferences gathered scholars who are mainly working on Yugoslav themes, and that this interest will continue in the future, we emphasize another important commemorative motive: the 80th anniversary of Josip Broz Tito’s rise to the head of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the beginning of its federalisation with the establishment of the Communist Parties of Croatia and Slovenia. The League of Communists of Yugoslavia, the width of its impact and the amount of various available sources, are urgently demanding new researches and interpretations. We expect that the conference subjects will include: leading and anonymous party members, former communists, as well as those defined as their internal and external enemies; the events that communists initiated, the processes they managed, the occurrences they could not control; the theories and ideals they promoted, as well as the practices which confirmed the chosen line or forced them to divert from it. A look at the chronology would reveal even more major and minor anniversaries which also can be a theme of the conference, but 1917 and 1937 are strong enough catalysts for this conference call, and can help us to prepare the terrain for an exciting three days discussion in September 2017. Until then, participants will have almost a year time for research and for thinking through their submissions, which we are very much looking forward to receive.

Organizer : Juraj Dobrila University of Pula / Centre for Cultural and
Historical Research of Socialism

Organizacijski odbor / Organization Committee
Igor Duda
Lada Duraković
Boris Koroman
Andrea Matošević
Chiara Bonfiglioli
Igor Stanić

Kontakt / Contact


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage & PARVI

The Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage

Deadline: 10-04-2017
Location: University of Quebec, Montreal


Call for Papers: The Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage
In an increasingly globalized world, our definition of community may have expanded and changed, but a sense of belonging is just as important as ever. One important example of this is the phenomenon of heritage communities, which are united by cultural heritage. Although there is a multitude of possible definitions, The Faro Convention defines them as groups “of people who value specific aspects of cultural heritage which they wish, within the framework of public action, to sustain and transmit to future generations.”

Beyond a simple interest in a particular heritage, then, these communities come together in order to enact change and to put into motion the necessary steps to protect and pass on that heritage about which they are passionate. In such cases, the conservation and the management of heritage have the possibility to be transformed, becoming no longer the sole responsibility of central authorities; instead, they have the potential to be shared by knowledgable members of communities that have themselves become comprehensive authorities.

The Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage seeks to dive into the issues surrounding heritage and to explore questions such as: Who becomes involved in such projects and how? How are heritage communities encouraged and fostered? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such communities? How do these groups work with or in isolation from established heritage narratives and structures? Are these communities influenced by such structures, and, if so, how? What are the challenges faced? Who are the investors and to what end(s)? What are the funding mechanisms for heritage conservation in such cases, and how do they differ from or respond to models of traditional, welfare-state funding mechanisms? Successful endeavours as well as those that have failed, can tellingly provide us with lessons for the future.

Following from these ideas, this conference will seek to interrogate the ethical, political, cultural and social challenges and issues of heritage communities along three principal, but non-exclusive, axes: 
The genesis and development of heritage communities; 
Integrated approaches to the management of cultural heritage: the role of heritage communities between the different levels of public authority (local, regional or national); and 
The importance of public input in the establishment of regional and national priorities with respect to cultural heritage: what place is there for heritage communities? 

Since 2005, the International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage has invited young scholars to present their research on various aspects of heritage, and has been held in Canada, Europe and South America. The conference is organized under the scientific supervision of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage (Prof. Lucie K. Morisset and Prof. Luc Noppen, Université du Québec à Montréal) and its partners, and PARVI (Interuniversity Research on Narrativescapes, Cities and Urban Identities).

Young researchers across all disciplines and nations are invited to submit proposals for 20–minute papers based on any aspect of heritage communities, from case studies to theoretical analyses, that will instigate further discussions and reflections. Proposals should be no more than 500 words, accompanied by a title and a short biography, and must be sent to by April 10, 2017.
Proposals and papers can be in either English or in French. All proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee and judged in relation to their originality and to the conference theme. Travel expenses may be partially subsidized, subject to budgetary restrictions. It is possible that the best papers presented at the Twelfth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage may be scientifically evaluated and published in an edited volume.

The twelfth installment of the International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage will be held at the University of Quebec in Montreal from September 28 to 30, 2017, under the scientific direction of Myriam Joannette and Dr Jessica Mace.


Basic information:
Deadline: 10-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage
Deadline: 14-04-2017
Location: University of Barcelona


Ten years of Laws and Memorial Policies in Spain and Catalonia (2007-2017)
EUROM proposes an international conference to evaluate the development of memory policies after ten years of the approval of memory laws in Spain and Catalonia
The program will focus on the uses, abuses, processes, successes, and gaps of this period in comparison with other European countries
Researchers are invited to submit abstracts until April 14, 2017. Communications will be accepted until June 15, 2017. The event will be held between November 28 – 30, 2017 

Ten years ago, in October 2007, Spain and Catalonia approved the laws known as remembrance laws. The Spanish Parliament laid down a “Law for recognizing and extending rights, and establishing measures in favor of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship“, while the Parliament of Catalonia gave the green light to the regional Democratic Memory Law.

The legislation over the recent past reopened concerns and hopes, and the relationship between law and memory has been complex and discussed in both cases. The initial impetus with the approval depleted after a short time, giving way to a period of dormancy or hibernation. Since then, a reasonable period of time has passed, sufficient to make an initial assessment with a historical perspective of the role played by that laws in the development of policies throughout the State.

Which are their real effects? What consequences and reactions did they provoke? What other initiatives have been developed since then?  In addition to that, the Catalan and Spanish cases are outlined in a European context, where these issues are no alien; it is a common problem for many member states, as well as for the European institutions themselves when developing public policies of memory and remembrance.

These issues will be developed during the international conference  “The Frog Hibernation: 10 years of Memory Laws and Policies in Spain and Catalonia (2007-2017)“, to be organized by the European Observatory on Memories of the University of Barcelona in November 2017.  The program will be developed throughout three thematic axes which will work around the uses, abuses, processes, successes, and gaps of these ten years:

Axe 1: Law and the past Analysis and study of the Memory laws passed in the different territories of Spain, as well as inthe other countries part of the European Union. The aim is to address this field of work because of its legal aspects,  but also due to the social and political effects that have led to the development of “remembrance laws”.
Axe 2: Remembrance and Heritage The acknowledgment of a democratic memory as a social heritage has favored the development of museums, interpretive centers and other “remembrance spaces” where traumatic events as well as  the struggles for justice and freedom have been tackled. This axis aims to devote attention to the historical processes from which these sites are created.
Axe 3: Remembrance and transmission The stories about the past are transmitted through different channels, including literature, educational programs, audiovisual productions and technologies of information and communication. This section will deepen on the real impact of these ways of transmission and dissemination, analyzing their goals as well as the strategies behind them.

Researchers are invited to submit papers and intervention proposals by e-mail: . The new deadline for abstracts (300 words) is April 14, 2017. Communications will be received until June 15, 2017. Further information about the venue location and the confirmation of the proposed dates will be delivered soon.


Basic information:
Deadline: 14-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: EUROM
Project / event type: fellowships / grants
Organiser: UvA

PhD candidate '20th Century Terrorscapes and Transitional Justice'

Deadline: 15-04-2017
Location: Amsterdam


PhD candidate '20th Century Terrorscapes and Transitional Justice'
Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
15 maart 2017
Master's degree
€2,191 to €2,801 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
15 april 2017
30,4 hours per week
The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (Research School AHM) of the University of Amsterdam will jointly host a PhD position, (0.8 fte).  The PhD candidate will work in the Transitional Justice research program at the NIOD. The project will furthermore be closely linked to the HERA program Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage (iC-ACCESS) at the UvA. 
Project and job description
As Eastern European countries increasingly address the legacy of 20th century totalitarianism, several kinds of narratives of repression are competing for the public space. In most post-war European countries, former Nazi internment camps have served as icons for memorialization of antifascist resistance and the Holocaust. They have played a consistent role in exposing the ideology and practices of Nazism and facilitated the European memory of genocide. By contrast, in the Eastern European (and Soviet) center of the Holocaust and Communist terror, many former ‘terrorscapes’ are still contested spaces, because narratives of victimization at the hands of the Communist regime were long suppressed by the Soviet rulers. Some of these sites witnessed consecutive internments of prisoners by occupying powers and authoritarian regimes, who transformed the victims of one event into the persecutors of another. 
The countries victimized by both regimes, with populations that had adapted to repression, struggle with conflicting survival narratives as well as broadly diffused notions of moral and legal culpability.  In consequence, many of these spaces have become battlegrounds for contesting the history of repression. This entanglement of remembering and forgetting, and the silencing of competing narratives – combined with the quest for public recognition of suppressed histories in places where authoritarianism is often the default political culture – poses a serious challenge to museums, remembrance institutions, civil society organizations, transitional justice mechanisms, and scholars tasked with developing new and constructive (public) narratives for understanding and addressing the history of these spaces. 
The battle for memory endures at such sites as Jasenovac, Sajmiŝte, Perm, Katyn, Bykivnia, Jáchymov, and many other killing grounds. As we examine the experiences at these sites of Nazi and/or Communist terror, important questions emerge regarding their former, present, and future place in national and European narratives. Relevant to that is rigorous scrutiny of what happened, which crimes were selected for examination in Transitional Justice processes, which were not -- and why, how restitution was implemented, and how these crimes were and are addressed, or suppressed, in education (history classes, textbooks), media (press, TV documentaries, and social media), museums, monuments and commemorations, and at the sites themselves.
Tasks of the PhD candidate will include:
completion and defence of a PhD thesis within the period of appointment;
regular presentations of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
publication of at least one peer-reviewed article;
participation in the training program of the Graduate School / Research School,  Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam;
active participation in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.
Excellent written and spoken academic English and command of any other languages that are relevant to the research project;
a completed Master’s degree in a field relevant to the PhD project;
knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement but will be considered a positive factor for the selection;
excellent research capability, as attested by previous academic record, particularly by the quality of the candidate’s MA thesis;
creativity and high level of independence;
affinity with work in an interdisciplinary and highly international environment;
willingness and proven ability to work in a team;
willingness to relocate to (the vicinity of) Amsterdam;
willingness to participate actively in the activities of the programme group.
Further information
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Rob van der Laarse or
Prof. Nanci Adler
The PhD candidate will be appointed at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The appointment will be for 48 months, 0.8 fte.
The first contract will be for 16 months, an extension for the following 32 months pending a positive performance evaluation. The gross monthly salary will be €2,191 during the first year to reach €2,801 during the fourth, based on 38 hours per week, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Job application
Applications for this PhD position should include in a single PDF file:
a letter of motivation, stating why you want to carry out this particular research and why you are the right candidate for this position (no more than 1 page);
a CV (max. 2 pages);
a description of your proposed research project (max 2500 words, excluding references): this should include an abstract of max 200 words and a project proposal specifying research question(s), positioning in the relevant academic debate(s), the proposed methodology, a work plan, and an indication of the type and amount of data/sources/literature;
a list of grades obtained in your Bachelor and Master (or equivalent) programs;
the names and contact details of two academic referees;
a writing sample, e.g. a published paper or a chapter from your MA-thesis.
Applications may be submitted no later than 15 April 2017 by sending your application to Please state reference number 17-113 in the subject.

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Basic information:
Deadline: 15-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Södertörn University

CFA: Identities and Cultural Memory of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region

Deadline: 20-04-2017
Location: Stockholm and Gdansk


Call for applications of PhD-students
to participate in CBSS Summer University 2017
at Södertörn University and the University of Gdańsk

Identities and Cultural Memory of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region

When:                 June 21-July 1, 2017
Where:               Site 1: Södertörn University, Stockholm (5 days) and
Site 2: University of Gdansk and European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk (5 days)
Credits:              7,5 ECTS Points.


The course aims to enhance understanding of the impact of cultural memory and its institutionalisation on contemporary discourse in the Baltic Sea region. It will offer seminars on the cultural memory as a scholarly field, on the narratives of East and West in the region and on the institutions that conserve the past or construct new horizons of expectations and identities. These transdisciplinary phenomena will be studied by observing the interplay of past and present in socio-cultural contexts of the Baltic Sea region countries. The course will aim to critically examine how the memory and the history of a certain place or space serve to form a cultural identity; or, indeed, how memory gives us an understanding of culture as such. In this course, we will offer students a wide variety of approaches to learn about the interplay between the geographical position of the region and its cultural memory. In particular, we will focus on the discourses of East and West and centre-periphery relations as frames that have been instrumental for conceiving narratives of the region as a borderland. We will look at the way that cultural, geographical and political maps and discourses that discerned and separated Eastern from Western Europe have affected not only the very history of the region, but also its understanding of the interrelation of past and present.

The summer school will feature lecturers and keynote speakers from Södertörn, Gdańsk and other universities in the region. The actual learning process will be enhanced by travel from Stockholm to Gdansk, teaching in action and involvement of students in the learning process based on small study groups. The course will also include leisure time activities, trips and guided tours. Doctoral students who are conducting their studies or research in the humanities or in the social sciences are encouraged to enrol in the summer school.

The course is organized by Södertörn University’s Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) and the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University in partnership with University of Gdansk, European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, University of Greifswald, Saint Petersburg University of Economics (UNECON), University of Tartu and Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.

Registration for the summer school begins 20 March and ends 20 April 2017, according to the following procedures:

Only doctoral students may apply and they are exempted from registration and tuition fees. To register for the summer school, proof of PhD-program admission/enrolment and a statement of intent (300-500 words) should be submitted to cbss-su2017[at] For all PhD-students accepted to the summer school, housing can be provided. The organisers will make an effort to offer bursary for successful applicants who are unable to finance their participation in the Summer University. Please indicate this in your application.

For more information, please see the links below or contact the course administrators by writing to: cbss-su2017[at]

For updates of the programme please also see the CBSS website (, under the heading “Regional Identity” – “CBSS Summer University”.

University of Gdansk, European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk

Basic information:
Deadline: 20-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Södertörn University
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: POLIN Museum

Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards

Deadline: 30-04-2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland


Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards

International Conference at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Warsaw, Poland
2-4 October 2017

The Russian revolutions of 1917 played a key role in defining the 20th century by virtue of the processes they launched, the entities they helped create and
the reactions they triggered. The legacies of these transformative events and their aftermath, not least the collapse of empires and the birth of nation-states, still reverberate in many ways throughout Eastern and Central Europe.
This conference, “Jews and Others: Ethnic Relations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1917 and Onwards,” to be held at the POLIN Museum is the second of a three-part series. The 1rst stage, “The Hundred-Year Legacy of the Russian Revolution and the World Today: How the Revolution Divided, Unied, and Shaped a Continent,” is being held at the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center) in Washington, D.C. on April 3-5, 2017. The nal conference is scheduled for December 2017 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With the NADAV Foundation’s support, POLIN Museum, the Nevzlin Center, and the Kennan Institute are inviting presentations from Central and Eastern Europe scholars (particularly from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) aimed at reassessing the profound implications of the events of 1917-1918
through a regional lens. While focusing on the Jewish experience, the participants will revisit the shared past of many nationalities throughout this area. The objective of this scholarly platform is to spark new conversations on the meaning of the nation-state and its narratives. Prevalent themes of our sessions will include radical change, war and violence. What is more, we will explore how these phenomena have found expression in collective memories, migration, integration, and other socio-cultural developments.
To this end, the organizers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that address, inter alia, the following forces that the Russian revolutions set in motion throughout Central and Eastern Europe:
• Co-existence of Jews and non-Jews before and after the wars: between pragmatic alliances and anti-Semitism.
• Jews and hegemonic national groups – allegiance and estrangement, Jewish vectors of assimilation and acculturation.
• Gender in the aftermath of 1917-1918: Jewish and non-Jewish facets.
• Jewish chapters, understated or otherwise, of current national narratives and the historical memory of these fateful years.
All proposals should constitute original, wide-ranging, multifaceted research that has yet to be presented in any academic forum. Written proposals of 200-300 words and a brief CV are to be sent to: no later than April 30, 2017. Travel expenses, including accommodations in Warsaw, will be covered by the
organizers. The conference organizers reserve the right to publish proceedings from the conference.

Nevzlin Center, Kennan Institute. Sponsored by the NADAV Foundation, Israel

Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: POLIN Museum
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Salem State University Center for Holocaust and Ge

Emerging Consequences-A Two-Day Symposium on Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity

Deadline: 30-04-2017
Location: Salem, Massachusetts , US


Emerging Consequences-A Two-Day Symposium on Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity

November 3-4, 2017
“The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art.”  - Theodor Adorno

What emerges in the aftermath of war? What are the aesthetic consequences that arise in the wake of mass atrocity? What impact do these consequences have on our understanding of generic categories? Working on these questions in the 21st century necessitates new ways of imaginatively representing trauma and conflict, as well as new ways of making sense of these representations. Atrocities--The Holocaust, The Balkan Wars, The Rwandan Genocide, the Cambodian Killing Fields, and the ongoing crisis of Syria--constitute an urgent appeal for the creation of a new artistic vocabulary, including a theoretical reevaluation of generic categories (such as media studies, literature, music) and their limits and possibilities. These newly imagined relationships reconfigure the way we think about aesthetics, and engender an increased and invigorated fluidity among established disciplinary structures.  
The Salem State University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Massachusetts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary symposium that will engage with contemporary discourses produced about aesthetics and representation in the aftermath of war, genocide and mass atrocity. We seek papers that focus on specific forms of post conflict representation, as well as those that rigorously examine the ways in which the discourse of representation itself is shaped and reconfigured by these new and disruptive forms. Papers are encouraged from scholars at the doctoral and post-doctoral level in the Humanities, the Fine Arts, and the Social Sciences. 

Papers will draw from specific areas of study such as: prose fiction/poetry; film/photography; visual art; performance art; museum studies/new materialism, and mixed media studies. 

The keynote address will be given by Robert Eaglestone, PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London). 

Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, and was Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Institute there. He works on contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy and on Holocaust and Genocide studies. He is the author of six books including The Holocaust and the Postmodern (Oxford 2004), Studying Literature (Routledge 2016) and The Broken Voice: Reading Post-Holocaust Literature (Oxford 2017) and the editor or co-editor of seven books more, including Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film (Palgrave 2008) and The Future of Trauma Theory (Routledge 2013). He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers and his work has been translated into five languages and he has spoken widely at universities and conferences in the UK, the USA and Europe. In 2014 he won a National Teaching Fellowship Award.

Please submit a 250 word abstract to by Monday, April 30th, 2017. Submissions should include your full name, position/rank, university affiliation, e-mail address, and short bio (about 150 words). There is no symposium fee. There is limited travel funding; please alert us of your needs in your proposal (first priority will be given to graduate students from outside of the US).


Basic information:
Deadline: 30-04-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Catherine S Hennessey
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: International Institute of Social History

12th European Social Science History Conference

Deadline: 01-05-2017
Location: Belfast


12th European Social Science History Conference

Belfast April 4-7, 2018

The ESSHC aims at bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions.

The Conference welcomes papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period. It is organized in a large number of networks:

Africa ‑ Antiquity ‑ Asia ‑ Criminal Justice ‑ Culture ‑ Economics ‑ Education and Childhood – Elites and Forerunners ‑ Ethnicity and Migration ‑ Family and Demography – Health and Environment - ‑ Labour ‑ Latin America – Material and Consumer Culture - Middle Ages ‑ Oral History – Politics, Citizenship and Nations - Religion ‑ Rural ‑ Sexuality - Social Inequality – Spatial and Digital History – Science and Technology ‑ Theory - Urban ‑ Women and Gender - World History

The deadline for pre-registration on our website is 1 may 2017.  To send in a proposal please go to the pre-registration form: .  For more information on how to send in a proposal please go to guidelines: .

The 12th European Social Science History Conference is organized by the International Institute of Social History in co-operation with the Queen’s University (link is external)in Belfast.

Queen’s University

Basic information:
Deadline: 01-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: International Institute of Social History
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Association for Jewish Studies

Call for Papers Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies

Deadline: 04-05-2017
Location: 49th Annual Conference, December 17-19, 2017 Marriott Marquis Washington, DC


The Call for Papers for the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now available on the AJS website. The online proposal submission site is now open for submissions; the deadline for submissions is May 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.  The conference will take place December 17 - 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.  You will find detailed information about the conference on the AJS website, including a page to share ideas about sessions seeking participants and papers seeking sessions, as well as suggested themes for each subject-area division.
AJS is committed to supporting wide participation in the conference and is offering special reduced registration rates for unemployed and retired members. We are also raising funds for our Conference Travel Grant Program and will provide updates about travel grant opportunities in the coming months.


Basic information:
Deadline: 04-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Ilana Abramovitch
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: ICOM Slovenia

Museums and Contested Histories. Between Memory and Oblivion

Deadline: 08-05-2017
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia


Museums play a key role in the creation and representation of the shared cultural heritage of different communities. They have become social nodes that encourage peaceful relationships between people and the improvement of society, addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view. The discovery of divisive histories and the ability to express what cannot be said are duties that museums must carry out as active co-shapers of society. They can help reach peaceful solutions to traumatic events from the past and foster an understanding of history that encompasses many points of view by sharing knowledge.

ICOM Slovenia, the Slovene Museum Association, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana (Department of Sociology) and the National Museum of Contemporary History are organizing an international conference aimed at answering questions about the understanding of hidden histories and the interpretation of cultural heritage today. We are interested in the ways in which collective memories that do not correspond to the dominant historical narratives interact (or do not interact) with the national narrative and how this is reflected in museum exhibitions. What stories are overlooked in museums? How is undesirable and neglected history structured in individual historical periods? What forms and what dismantles public consensus about which heritage should be preserved and in what cases does it become unwanted or even denounced? How does collective memory work and where does forgetting come into play? What limits the freedom of museums and what are the roles of NGOs? What creates consensus and who dictates the interpretation of the past – the professional sphere or politics?	
We invite professionals from the fields to participate and to examine the role of museums today by submitting their abstracts to the two proposed topics. The first conference day will be dedicated to the themes of the change and transformation of museums after the year 1989 (museums about the revolutions, the complex heritage of the wars ...), while the second day will be dedicated to an overview of the newly forming trends and themes in museums and a multifaceted understanding of “contested, difficult, forgotten” history in Europe today. All of this should provide us with a better understanding of the role of museums as tools for creating peaceful communities and an overview of such implementations in different national environments. 

Abstract submission 
Abstract should be no longer than 400 words together with a short biography, institution, the title and a summary of the paper. Abstracts should be sent (in Word format) to: and to 
The deadline for proposals is May 8, 2017. 
The conference language is English. 

A publication of conference papers in a special issue or in a monographic volume is intended. Complete papers should be submitted to the organisers by the end of November 2017.

Slovene Museum Association, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana (Department of Sociology), National Museum of Contemporary History

Basic information:
Deadline: 08-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: -
Project / event type: conference / symposium
Organiser: Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice

Deadline: 15-05-2017
Location: Columbia University, New York City


6th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7-9, 2017
Columbia University, New York City

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’. This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network ( is coordinated by an international Steering Committee and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University.

Instructions for submitting abstracts for panels, roundtables and individual presenters are below. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15, 2017. Please note that we have a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available.

Panel Submissions

Panels consist of a chair and three 20-minute papers or four 15-minute papers. The chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist (no more than 1 minute), to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A.  More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.


Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel.

Conference participants may deliver one paper and participate in one roundtable; they may not participate in more than one formal panel presentation. More information about submitting abstracts can be found below.

Using History in Genocide Prevention Panel

History and the examination of root causes of conflict are a critical long term line of defense against genocide and other identity based crimes or atrocities. While the work of genocide prevention experts focuses on important issues such as economic, political or security incentives, historical aspects of the conflict at hand—the identity of the stakeholders, their animosity towards each other, and other root causes of conflict—are viewed as something that should be set aside, even forgotten, but not engaged. This panel welcomes submissions from both practitioners and scholars that explore ways in which history has been or can be engaged as a form of genocide prevention. Topics can include, but are not limited to, education curricula, museums or media, journalistic and scholarly writings, commemorations and memorials, and other contexts that provide space for discussion and engagement regarding how issues of identity and history can be used in a prevention framework. More information about submitting an abstract can be found below.

Submission guidelines:

To submit a proposal for a panel, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the panel and the panel’s scholarly rationale. The abstract should list the names and e-mail addresses for all participants (chair and panelists), a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual, and a title and 100-word abstract of each paper included in the session.

To submit a proposal for a roundtable, please prepare a 350-word abstract that includes the title of the roundtable and the theme, question or challenge that the roundtable seeks to discuss. The abstract should also list all participants (discussants and moderator), their e-mail addresses and a brief bio (2-4 sentences) of each individual.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit a 350-word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a description of the topic you intend to discuss, your e-mail address and a brief bio (2-4 sentences). If you are interested in participating in the Genocide Prevention panel, please indicate this in your submission. Please note that travel grants may be available for participants in the Genocide Prevention session (and only for this session).

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15. Please e-mail your submission as a single document to

Acceptances will be announced (and e-mails sent) in August 2017. Please note that all rooms are equipped with basic A/V equipment (projector, screen and speakers) for presentation needs. Please have any digital presentation you have prepared saved to a flash drive and to your laptop for easy access. Please also note that no presentations can be made in absentia or by Skype; all presenters must be present and must be able to present in English. Please e-mail further questions to


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Organiser: Forum Kritika

Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue

Deadline: 30-06-2017
Location: -


Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue
Dealing with the Past: Mapping the Edges of “Historical Dialogue”

Historical dialogue is a growing field of scholarship and practice that engages with the legacy of historical violence and its ties to contemporary politics. It is informed by the recognition that many contemporary conflicts germinate from the memory of past violence, and it is particularly pertinent for the field of conflict transformation and prevention in conflict and post-conflict societies. By its very nature, then, historical dialogue is multidisciplinary, taking place within academic disciplines as well as (but not exclusively) with law, journalism, education, film, art, and literature. As a result, while the term “historical dialogue” has been used in a range of contexts—in scholarship, practice-based research, political interventions, among others—differences persist regarding the precise conceptualization of the term.

The Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue seeks to map the edges of the field, to disentangle the different readings of the expression “historical dialogue” along disciplinary, regional, religious, ethnic and class lines, to name but a few. While these questions are relevant for the term “historical dialogue” in and of itself, they have emerged in productive and compelling ways as a result of the digital humanities, “Mapping Historical Dialogues Project” (MHDP), developed at Columbia University, and part of the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network. The objective of this digital project is to map existing stakeholders who are engaged in historical dialogue and who use historical narrative to respond to drivers of conflict or as a means of conflict transformation. The project thus seeks to describe the impact that the memory of sectarian and national violence has on contemporary politics, to establish the norms of historical dialogue, and to explore how this knowledge facilitates work towards conflict transformation, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and democracy promotion, particularly in post-conflict countries.

And yet such goals beg the question of how to define “historical dialogue” in methodological and theoretical terms. This Forum Kritika thus seeks to understand how the term “historical dialogue” is used in different disciplines (e.g., political science, history, theology, literary studies, cultural studies, etc.), and what the relationship is between “historical dialogue” and certain regions or discursive environments. Other possible topics can consider the relationship between the concept of “historical dialogue” and its connection or intersection with terms such as transitional justice, memory studies, peace building, or conflict resolution. Is it designed as an alternative term and if so, what is its particular contribution in both academic and practical terms? In considering, for example, the differences between “historical dialogue” and transitional justice, should one define such differences in analytical terms or normative terms, or both? Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the genealogy of the term “historical dialogue”—when and how it emerged, who has framed the term, and how it has been applied; the relationship between theory and practice regarding historical dialogue work; case studies (in particular, but not exclusively regarding initiatives that appear in the MHDP) and country studies; best practices and the impact of historical dialogue as a conflict transformation mechanism; and the relationship between historical dialogue and accountability.

Submission guidelines

Contributions should be 7,000 to 8,000 words (MLA style). Include the following elements in the submission: abstract (200 to 250 words); bionote (100 to 150 words); keywords (5 to 7); institutional affiliation and e-mail address. All contributions will undergo double blind peer review. Send contributions and inquiries to the guest editors of the Forum Kritika (cc:

            — Ariella Lang (

            — Dimitris Kousouris (

Use the subject heading “Forum Kritika on Historical Dialogue.” Deadline is on June 30, 2017.

Kritika Kultura is a peer-refereed electronic journal (indexed in MLA, DOAJ, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters), which is devoted to the innovative, multidisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, and society.


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