UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM CENTER FOR ADVANCED HOLOCAUST STUDIES
SUMMER RESEARCH WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOLARS
The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites proposals from teams of six-to-ten scholars to conduct two-week research workshops at the Museum during July-August 2000. The Summer Research Workshops for Scholars program provides unique collaborative research and networking opportunities for scholars working on similar or closely related topics in Holocaust studies. The objectives of the workshop program are (1) to encourage collaborative research, (2) to promote discussion of research methodologies and the sharing of research results on similar or closely related Holocaust topics, (3) to encourage networking among scholars, and (4) to foster future research and publication endeavors. Each workshop concludes with a two-hour symposium by the participants on (1) the results of the workshop, (2) the advances achieved, (3) the future research and collaborations required to continue the progress made, and (4) the interactions fostered at the workshop and the access to the Archives that helped advance the field. These symposia are open to the public and attended by scholars from local universities, think tanks, non-governmental and governmental institutes, and museums.
For each workshop, the Center will defray the cost of (1) direct travel to and from the participants' places of residence and Washington, DC, and (2) lodging for non-local participants for the duration of the workshop. The Center will also provide access to meeting space, a computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. Incidental and meal expenses must be defrayed by the candidates or their respective institutions. All participants must attend both weeks of the workshop. Non-U.S. citizens will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas to attend the workshops. If the symposium is successful, the Center will consider publishing the results as part of its Occasional Papers Series.
One individual per application group should assume the role of Workshop Coordinator to be responsible for the application and administrative procedures. The Coordinator will also be expected to submit a brief report at the conclusion of the workshop discussing the work accomplished and providing a constructive critique of the program experience. To promote networking, the participant roster should encompass as diverse a group of scholars as possible (e.g., expertise, scholarly advancement, institutions, and countries of residency). All participants must speak or have a working knowledge of English. The Center will assign a staff scholar with expertise relevant to the proposed topic to work with each team.
A complete application package is required for consideration. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 30, 2000. Selections will be announced in writing by April 1, 2000.
Each application package must include the following:
Abstract of the proposed workshop topic and its significance.
Proposal not to exceed ten pages. The proposal should describe (1) the research topic, (2) its significance, (3) its scope, (4) the source materials required, (5) the relationship of the research to other work in the field, (6) the major issues to be addressed by each participant, (7) the justification for bringing the workshop together at the current time, (8) the possible outcomes of this research, and (9) the potential follow-on activities to be coordinated by the participants.
Agenda for the two-week workshop. The agenda for the workshop should detail the regular (e.g., daily or tri-weekly) meetings planned for the two-week period for the participants to get together, discuss their research, and plan the final symposium.
List of proposed workshop participants. The list should include the participants' titles, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses.
Letters of intention from all participants. The letters should include a C.V. (not to exceed five pages) and a statement of intent to participate in the entire workshop.
Tentative proposed dates for the workshop.
Statement of special conditions. Any special factors should be described that may affect the cost or viability of the proposed workshop.
The proposals will be evaluated according to their (1) intellectual significance, including their 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; (4) appropriateness and diversity of the proposed participants (e.g., institutions, countries of residence, areas of expertise, and scholarly advancement); and (5) potential for new publications, collaborative research, or research directions directly resulting from the workshop. Topics for which there are few published sources or for which the Museum has particularly strong archival and other research resources are of particular interest. No applications for under six or over ten participants will be considered.
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Fax: (202) 479-9726
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