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December 15 Call for Papers: The Future of Holocaust Research

Conference Date: April 25/26, 2018
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, New York

This conference, jointly organized by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the European Union Studies Center, and the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, will examine the current state of Holocaust research and its likely future trajectories after those who lived through the events in question pass from the scene.

The Holocaust has dominated a large part of the historical, human rights, and collective memory-related research of the past 50 years. What will become of that research when those who lived through the relevant events are no longer able to participate?  How will this process of demographic succession affect the study and understanding of the Holocaust?  How have the international dimensions of Holocaust research changed in the past, and how will they shift in the future?  How might the passing of the torch change the emphases of Holocaust-related research?

This two-day conference will assess the state of the research and debate, the political dimensions of Holocaust research, genocide patterns around the world, efforts at mitigation and prevention, and questions about the geographic locus of research. Distinguished scholars and researchers will be invited from Germany, France, Hungary, Israel, the United States, and beyond.

Call for Proposals from Students, Post-Grads, and Young Scholars:

Out of the several panels we intend to organize, one will be reserved for PhD candidates, post-grads, and young scholars doing research in a relevant field.  With this Call for Proposals we invite the next generation of Holocaust researchers to submit abstracts of their work for possible inclusion in the conference.

Possible frameworks may include (but are not limited to) historiographical work, politics, comparative research or approaches to prevention using the Holocaust as a point of departure.

Please submit abstracts and inquiries to Dr. Patrizia Nobbe at by December 15, 2017. A scientific committee will select up to three papers. Those selected for participation should be prepared to submit their full papers by January 15, 2018, and to present them on a joint panel on April 26, 2018. Student participants will have their travel and accommodation expenses covered.  All papers presented at the conference will be published at the end of 2018.

The conference is sponsored by Fondation de la Memoire de la Shoah, Paris, France, the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation, the German Consulate New York (tbc), and the Ruhr University Alliance.

Find more information here.