CFP: Holocaust Memory – France and its Former Colonies

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2019
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, French History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies

Call for Papers:

Holocaust Memory – France and its Former Colonies  

The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida will host a conference on Holocaust memory in France and its former colonies on April 18-20, 2020. More than forty years since Henri Rousso’s Le syndrome de Vichy, Holocaust memory has been enriched by the opening of official records and resulting scholarship, but complicated by factors such as the challenges of postcolonialism and the persistence of antisemitic violence in France. This conference will take stock of where the scholarship on Holocaust memory now stands with the intention of creating an edited volume based on new and ongoing research in all academic disciplines. The volume will hopefully appear with the 80th anniversary of the Paris rafle in 2022.


We invite paper proposals from all social science and humanities disciplines (history, literature, film, law, etc.) on changing memories and discourse concerning the following topics.


  • Antisemitism and conspiracy theories -- yesterday and today.
  • Totalitarianism, persecution and deportation under Vichy
  • Jewish resistance in French postwar memory
  • Plunder and restitution of Jewish property
  • Postwar French judicial reckonings
  • France and Jewish refugees
  • French colonies, decolonial wars, postcolonialism, and genocide studies in shaping the history of Jews in France
  • The French relationship to Israel
  • Terror and Aliyah
  • France’s Jewish intellectuals, writers, filmmakers, and artists
  • Jewish organizations, institutions, and governmental participation in France
  • Journalism and media addressing Jews and antisemitism in France


Send 300-word proposals to Professor Norman J.W. Goda, Center for Jewish Studies at by May 31, 2019. The Center for Jewish Studies will cover all pre-approved costs regarding travel (including from outside the US), lodging, and conference meals.




Contact Info: 

Norman J.W. Goda

Center for Jewish Studies

University of Florida

Gainesville FL 32611-8020


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