CFP: The Future of Holocaust Studies – Southampton and Winchester 07/13

From: Hannah Holtschneider <>
Date: 16.07.2012
Subject: CFP: The Future of Holocaust Studies – Southampton and
Winchester 07/13

The Universities of Southampton, Winchester, Edinburgh and Chester
29.07.2013-31.07.2013, Southampton and Winchester, University of
Southampton and University of Winchester
Deadline: 16.11.2012

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps in
2014 and 2015, the era of the living witnesses to the events of the
Holocaust is drawing to a close. This conference will explore current
and future trends in Holocaust studies, assessing the discipline after
70 years of historical research and its popular dissemination, and 70
years of cultural production, Holocaust education and musealisation.
What is the current relationship between the Holocaust in history,
memory and culture? How is this being informed and problematised by
other genocides, past and present? What will be the future of Holocaust

This major international conference is organised in conjunction with
Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, the Universities of
Southampton, Winchester, Edinburgh, Chester and London (the Institute of
Education’s Centre for Holocaust Education), the Holocaust Educational
Trust and the Higher Education Academy. We invite contributions that
address the production, exhibition, and reception of all forms of
Holocaust representation, from history writing through museums, films
and television to classical and popular music, internet and videogames,
literature, fine and performing arts. Moreover, the conference aims to
debate and discuss these issues as challenges that we all face as
educators and researchers, and to encourage engagement with these
provocative questions through exchange between academics and
practitioners, scholars and teachers, being aware that the questions,
challenges and roles listed here often also coincide. Are the demands of
the classroom reflected in the questions posed by researchers – and vice
versa? How and to what extent can recent cultural approaches to the
Holocaust be used by educators? What are their strengths and limitations
as teaching tools?

This will be a residential conference over three days. There will be
some funding available for bursaries for postgraduates and other
scholars whose home institutions cannot meet conference costs.

We welcome individual paper and panel proposals which address the future
of Holocaust studies in any relevant discipline. We envisage focusing
particularly on the areas of historiography, museums and public history
and, broadly defined, culture.

Individual proposals of no more than 300 words, and brief biographies of
no more than 100 words, should be sent to: by 16 November 2012.

Organising Committee:
Dr James Jordan (University of Southampton)
Professor Tom Lawson (University of Winchester)
Dr Emiliano Perra (University of Winchester)
Dr Hannah Holtschneider (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Tim Grady (University of Chester)
Kay Andrews (Centre for Holocaust Education, University of London)
Peter D’Sena (Higher Education Academy)
Alex Maws (Holocaust Education Trust)

Hannah Holtschneider

University of Edinburgh

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