23rd Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Sociology, History Education

Call for Papers

23rd Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites

Between Absence and Affirmation 
Thessaloniki, Greece 
16-22 March 2019
Since 1994, the Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites has been annually organized by and for university graduates from various disciplines who work on related topics. The workshop aims at addressing young scholars interested in presenting their research projects in an atmosphere of low hierarchy as well as in connecting and sharing ideas with others. It provides space for academic discussions, for raising questions, addressing problems and giving advices for respective research projects. The workshop more generally intends to support international and interdisciplinary research by promoting a dialogue between researchers of different origins. A distinctive feature, by which it tries to do so, is the principle of self-organization. Students and graduates normally take part in the workshops in three different forms: as speakers, as participants or as members of the organizing team.
Every year the workshop takes place at a different location related to National Socialist camps and mass extermination sites. This year Thessaloniki will be the location due to the complex history of its Jewish population and its relevance to the emphasis of the next workshop: “Between absence and affirmation”.
Please visit our website for more information: https://workshopnscampsandexterminationsites.com/ 
We invite MA and PhD students to apply. Possible themes include (but are not restricted to) the following:
  • Mass graves, material culture, new materialism, forensic turn and their impact on the social practices of memory
  • Absence of memory, silenced memory
  • Forgotten places, sites of non-memory
  • Neglected/marginalized victim groups, forms of victimisation
  • Politics of commemoration, commemoration practices, ownership of memory
  • Trials and law, and their role in commemoration and identity formation
  • Wars of memory, contemporary victimhood, competing victimhood
  • Contemporary social and cultural activism, and artistic practices connected to (forgotten) sites
  • The effect of nationalism and populism on the shaping of memory and identity
  • New approaches to filling gaps in memory (literature, theatre, film), media advancements, technology developments at memorial sites, new dimensions of testimony and digital archives
  • Parallels and contradictions of memory related to camps and extermination sites on local, national and international level
  • Holocaust denial and revisionism
  • Torn identities: coping with the past, embedding sites and events in individual identities, conflicting identities
  • The formation of collective Jewish identity: the place of camps, extermination sites and (lack of) commemoration in group identity
All topics submitted to this workshop should be connected to a camp or an extermination site.
Applicants (MA- and PhD-candidates) are requested to send in a short CV and an abstract of their proposed paper (approx. 300 words). Applications should be sent to the following email address: workshopnscamps@gmail.com by the 30th April 2018. We welcome university graduates from a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, philosophy, literature, theology, art etc.) as well as other professionals working on the topic to apply. The presentations and discussions will be held in English. The presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. After the presentations there will be time for a 40-minute discussion on the topic of the paper.
The organization team will send out acceptances by the end of June 2018.
We are currently applying for funding to cover the costs of the conference, as well as the costs of accommodation and travel expenses. 
Organizing team:  Sandra Franz (University of Düsseldorf/Villa Merländer, Krefeld, Germany), Jozef Hyrja (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg, Germany), Alexios Ntetorakis-Exarchou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Sylwia Papier (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland) Hannah Wilson (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) Nick Warmuth (Central European University, Hungary)