SWWRGNA Research Workshop: Atrocity & Excess 17-18 February 2023

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February 17, 2023 to February 18, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Military History, Modern European History / Studies, American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

The Second World War Research Group North America’s Fourth Research Workshop on Atrocity & Excess will be held virtually over Zoom on 17-18 February 2023The event will feature a Friday afternoon keynote from Edward B. Westermann on Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany (Cornell 2021), and four Saturday panels and discussion on new work on massacres, POW mistreatment, sexual violence, and the legacy of such atrocities. Workshop co-hosted by the history department at Sam Houston State University.

Workshop is free but attendees must pre-register.

Register for the Friday keynote (4pm Eastern) here: https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_teFrZJxJTdmRIdxoO8GJFw

Register for the Saturday workshop (8:30am–5:15pm Eastern) here: https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__OB-Ot6aTAy_M2osURjfug


SWWRGNA Virtual Research Workshop Program

Saturday, 18 February 2023

Introductions and Greetings: 8:30-9:00am Eastern Time

Mary Kathryn Barbier (Mississippi State University) and Jadwiga Biskupska (Sam Houston State University), SWWRGNA Co-Directors

Brian Matthew Jordan (Sam Houston State University), Welcome from the History Department

Jonathan Fennell (King’s College London), Welcome from the SWWRG

Panel 1: 9:00-10:30am Eastern Time—Soldiers and Killing: Massacres

Zach Fredman (Duke Kunshan University), The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China”

Grant Harward (United States Army Center of Military History), “Forgotten Bloodlands: The Romanian Army and the Holocaust by Bullets”

Robert Pike (Cardiff University), “'A Brutal and Lasting Strike:' Continuing Echoes of Oradour-sur-Glane”

Commentator: Daniel Brewing (RWTH Aachen University)

Panel 2: 10:45am-12:15pm Eastern Time—Mistreatment of POWs

Raffael Scheck (Colby College), “The Massacres of Black French Prisoners by German Troops during the Offensive on the Somme, 5-10 June 1940”

Alex J. Kay (University of Potsdam), “The Extermination of Red Army Soldiers in German Captivity, 1941–1945”

Karen Horn (University of the Free State), “Escape from Welfare: The Zonderwater Italian Prisoner-of-War Camp in the Union of South Africa, 1941–ca.1951

Commentator: Derek Mallett (United States Army Command and General Staff College)

Panel 3: 1:00-3:00pm Eastern Time—Rape and Sexual Violence

Ruth Lawlor (Cornell University), “The U.S. Army and the Politics of Consent in World War II Europe

Matthew Barrett (Wilfrid Laurier University), “Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Military Justice and Sexual Violence in the Second World War”

Vojin Majstorovic (University of North Texas), “The Role of the Soviet State and Army Leadership in Sexual Violence in Europe during World War II”

Marta Havryshko (Basel University), “Spaces of Silence: Holocaust Sexual Assault Survivors and War-Crimes Trials in Soviet Ukraine”

Commentator: Allison Abra (St John’s College, University of Manitoba)

Panel 4: 3:15-5:15pm Eastern Time—Aftermaths and Legacies of Violence

Franziska Exeler (Free University of Berlin and University of Cambridge), “Ghosts of War: Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in Soviet Belarus”

Benjamin Schneider (United States Army Command and General Staff College), “A Legacy of Forgetting: American War Crimes in the Second World War”

Łukasz Krzyżanowski (University of Warsaw and University of Ottawa), “Postwar Poland, Holocaust Survivors, and the Unwelcome Homecoming”

Jonathan Henshaw (Academia Sinica), “Towards a Nanjing Narrative of the Second World War in China: Atrocity, Occupation, and Commemoration”

Commentator: Edward Westermann (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)


Questions? Reach out to the co-organizers Jadwiga Biskupska and Mary Kathryn Barbier at swwresearchgroupna@gmail.com or follow the SWWRGNA on Twitter @swwresearchna.

Contact Info: 

Jadwiga Biskupska (Sam Houston State University)

Mary Kathryn Barbier (Mississippi State University)

SWWRGNA Co-Directors