RESCUE, RESCUER, RESCUED
The Righteous among the Nations and the Holocaust
European and Comparative Perspectives
Location and Schedule: Paris, December 2006
Call for Papers Deadline: March 1st, 2005
Jointly organized by the Centre for International Studies (CERI) and Research and the Centre for the European History in the Twentieth Century (CHEVS) of the National Foundation of Political Science
with the support of the Foundation for Remembrance of the Holocaust (Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah)
Directed by Jacques Semelin, this symposium aims to develop a deeper understanding of rescue behaviours in Nazi Europe by analysing their national and historical context, as well as their social and geographical environment. Our goal is therefore to gather the most relevant academic contributions on a topic which has been insufficiently dealt with in the social sciences. The conference will emphasize comparative perspectives to examine not only the acts of rescue but also the ways in which they are remembered.
The symposium also aims to explore this issue as applied to other historical cases:
Ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia.
This is an academic symposium, aiming to examine the capacity of the social sciences to understand rescue practices in deadly situations. However, a panel discussion with witnesses and survivors may also be organized.
International academic committee (preliminary list):
Claire Andrieu (FR), Wolfgang Benz (DE), Bert Jan Flim (NL), Philippe Joutard (FR), Joel Kotek (FR), Bob Moore (UK), Nechama Tec (USA), Renée Poznanski (IL), Henry Rousso (FR), Annette Wieviorka (FR)
Papers are anticipated particularly from historians, sociologists, political scientists and social psychologists. Regarding the Holocaust, contributions dealing with Eastern European countries are especially welcome. The conference organizers want to encourage new academic research on rescue in genocidal situations.
Themes include (but are not limited to):
Financial and economic aspects of rescue
Rescue practices, warfare and geographic borders
Socio-political, cultural and religious conditions of rescue
Role of local elites in rescuing (such as mayors and clerics)
Relationships between collaboration, resistance and rescue
Breaking the law: to be rescued and to become a rescuer
Identities: rescued and rescuers
Relevant methods and scales for rescue understanding
Proposals must include names, affiliations and an abstract (up to 1,000 words) emphasizing the topic, the sources, the methods and the comparative dimension.
Abstract proposals should be submitted by March 1st, 2005 as an attached Word document, to both:
Jacques Semelin (Conference Director)
56 rue Jacob
Fr - 75006 Paris
54 Bd Raspail
75006 Paris, France
0033 6 18 48 47 40 Email: email@example.com
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