Call for Papers
Religion and Ethno-nationalism in the Era of the World Wars
May 21-23, 2017
University of Toronto
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of
Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto
invite scholars, including advanced graduate students, to submit applications for a
symposium on religion and ethno-nationalism in the first half of the 20th century. The
symposium will conduct a broad comparative and transnational examination of the
intersections of religion, ethno-nationalism, fascism, antisemitism, and violence during
this period. By analyzing the ways in which religious groups, institutions, and networks
engaged political and social upheaval in and beyond Europe, we hope to identify broader
patterns that can deepen our understanding of the dynamics shaping the roles of religious
actors before and during the Holocaust.
Applicants should propose papers based on new research (including work-in-progress);
submissions may focus on specific case studies or the broader themes suggested above.
Papers will be pre-circulated to all participants. We especially invite applications from
emerging scholars and from scholars across a range of disciplines whose work addresses
a variety of geographic, religious, and linguistic traditions. Conference proceedings and
papers will be in English. Travel costs, accommodations, and some meals will be covered
for accepted participants.
Please submit a 1-2 page CV and a 1 page application including: a description of the
proposed paper; a short explanation of the stage of your research (i.e., work-in-progress,
new paper, previously published); and a brief statement on how your research and
expertise might contribute to a broader discussion of the larger themes of the symposium.
Please submit applications as a single PDF to Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Symposium
Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2016. Accepted applicants will
be notified by November 15, 2016.
The symposium chairs are Victoria Barnett, Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion,
and the Holocaust, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Doris Bergen,
Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto;
and Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C., James J. Kenneally Professor of History,