The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center invites proposals from Workshop Coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshops at the Museum during summer 2016. Proposals are welcome in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.
Summer Research Workshops provide an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study—but with limited previous face-to-face interaction—can gather to discuss a central research question or issue; their research methodologies and findings; the major challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative scholarly ventures.
Participants have access to approximately 70 million physical pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; the Museum’s extensive library; oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; and a Holocaust survivor database. Participants also have access to more than 100 million digitized pages from the holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS), a collection that holds information on the fates of 17.5 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement as a result of World War II. Many of these sources have not been examined by scholars, offering unprecedented opportunities to advance the field of Holocaust studies.
The Summer Research Workshop program has a two-stage application process. Stage One is a Preliminary Application, consisting of a one-page single-spaced description of the proposed workshop that details the research project’s focus, significance, scope, methods, objectives, and expertise required from potential participants. Applications should include CVs for no more than two workshop coordinators. Stage One applications are due October 9, 2015. Proposals will be evaluated according to their (1) potential contribution to scholarship in Holocaust studies; (2) potential to stimulate work in a new direction or productive area of research; (3) relationship to larger themes or issues in Holocaust studies; and (4) potential for new publications, collaborative research, or research endeavors directly resulting from the workshop.
Applicants will be notified at the end of October whether they will be invited to submit a Full Proposal in the second round of the competition, with the assistance of Mandel Center staff. The deadline for the full proposal is February 5, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the Mandel Center’s decision in March 2016.