Education after Genocide: Shifting Approaches to Conflict, Prevention and Redress

Meyer  Weinshel's picture
July 18, 2022 to July 20, 2022
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Native American History / Studies, Teaching and Learning, History Education

In the wake of genocide and mass violence, states must decide whether and how to teach their populations about the violence. Over time, these narratives and methods of instruction may change, particularly as public education is increasingly seen as an instrument for the prevention of violence and an arena for reparative justice. Examples of prevention work and redress in the field of education frequently involve the revision of educational standards and curricular content, the development of new pedagogical approaches, and changes in classroom practice.

Yet research on the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights education has been largely siloed and disconnected from the conversations regarding Ethnic Studies, Critical Race Theory, and culturally sustaining teaching and learning. How do these different disciplinary orientations and theoretical paradigms overlap, clash, or intersect? The conference aims to explore how and what Holocaust and Genocide studies may contribute to educational approaches to racism, colonialism, and slavery in the US and globally.

The conference invites scholars and practitioners from all disciplines interested in the topics of Holocaust and Genocide education, historical narratives, settler colonialism, and reparative justice. Insights are requested that relate to the shifting paradigms in teaching conflict, prejudice, indigeneity, race and racialization, as well as the use of education as a means of reparation, prevention, and reconciliation. Papers may focus on global case studies, but work on Indigenous populations and race relations in the Americas will be prioritized.

We invite abstract submissions including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Multiple and Conflicting Objectives of and Approaches to Holocaust and Genocide Education: Teaching Difficult Histories in Primary and Secondary Classrooms, Citizenship Education, Peace and Human Rights Education, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogies, Social-Emotional Learning, Trauma-informed teaching
  • Complicating Holocaust and Genocide Education in North America: Settler Colonialism, Critical Race Theory, and Ethnic Studies
  • Bridging the Research to Policy and Practice Gap in Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Politics of Memory in Education
  • Education as and for Reparative Justice
  • Truth Commissions and Calls to Action in Education

Online & in-person presentation options are available. 10 Stipends to cover travel and accommodation costs are available for graduate students and non-US/non-EU scholars (up to $500)

Abstract/Paper Submissions: Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a concise biographical profile. The abstract must indicate the topic, objectives, methodology, and main findings of the paper. Based on these criteria, proposals will be evaluated and selected by the conference organizers.

Submission deadline​ for abstract and biographical profile sent to chgs[at]​: December 15, 2021

Selected presenters will be notified by February 1st. The applicants selected to participate in the conference must submit a draft paper of their presentation by chgs​[at]​ by April 15, 2022.

Contact Info: 

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts

Contact Email: