“Spaces and Places of the Holocaust” - Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization

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January 7, 2022
Arizona, United States
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Geography, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Teaching and Learning

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEFNU) is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Arizona State University (ASU).

This Regional Institute explores numerous spaces and places of the Holocaust, from sites of persecution and murder to sites of memory, such as camps, ravines, frontiers, and other landscapes of violence. It also explore online spaces - those used for Holocaust education and for dissemination of antisemitism and other hate.

ASU is a center for comparative genocide and a leader in online teaching. Regional Institute Fellows will gain familiarity with debates on online Holocaust education and pedagogy, the Holocaust and comparative genocide, survivor testimony, reconciliation, migration and displacement, and memory of space and place. This institute will be especially helpful to Fellows looking to develop online courses on and pedagogy for the Holocaust, including comparative themes, approaches, and perspectives.

That ASU is located in the US Southwest and home to Southwest Borderlands Initiative (SWBI), the Institute will explore topics of frontiers, expansion, and borderlands in the Nazi East and the American West. Participants will discuss ways in which Nazi notions of expansion invoked images of “Manifest Destiny” and settler-colonial expansion, including techniques and patterns of destroying Indigenous peoples and communities.

“Spaces and Places of the Holocaust” faculty and topics include:

• Volker Benkert, “Holocaust and Film” • Jason Bruner and Timothy Langille, “Comparative Genocide” • Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, “Jewish Displacement and Migrations After WWII” • Jacob Flaws, “Sensory Witnessing at Treblinka: Charting Spaces of Smell, Sight, and Sound” • Bjorn Krondorfer, “Unsettling Empathy” • Natalie Lozinski-Veach, “Memory across Borders: Transnational Holocaust Literature” 

The Institute will take place while ASU hosts Yahad-In Unum’s “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibition in March and April 2022 and will immediately precede ASU’s first Genocide Awareness Week in April 2022.

Higher education faculty and graduate students who have attended a HEFNU Summer Institute or who have previously taught courses on any aspect of the Nazi Holocaust or Jewish civilization are encouraged to apply to become Regional Institute Fellows, particularly those who live and work in the Southwest United States (Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico) and Mexico.

A fellowship includes the cost of tuition, room, and board during the Institute. Fellowships do not cover travel expenses to and from Tempe or the cost of assigned materials. The 2022 Regional Institute will be held from April 1-3, 2022.

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter indicating your interest and intent to teach classes related to the topic, 2) your CV, 3) a sample syllabus of Holocaust or Jewish Civilization courses that you have previously taught, and 4) for graduate students, a letter of recommendation. Send materials in a single pdf to: timothy.langille@asu.edu Application Deadline: Friday, January 7 2022, 5pm PST.

Contact Info: 

Sarah M. Cushman, Phd, Director 

Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University