School of Historical Studies/School of Law
Workshop: 23 – 24 September 2010, University of Leicester
Call for Abstracts
Proposals are sought for an interdisciplinary research workshop entitled:
A Contextual View of Holocaust and Genocide Denial
Holocaust and genocide denial are phenomena whose consequences reach far beyond the expression of individual opinions. The views of David Irving, Nick Griffin or Bishop Richard Williamson tend to reach audiences that benefit from denialist arguments for specific political purposes, and the consequences of denialism are not confined to the immediate discourse.
But denialism also carries significance for more than one academic discipline. Historians are directly affected, as deniers frequently claim to carry out "revisionist" historical research against “orthodox” interpretations and thereby pose the question whether their conclusions merit or indeed require a reaction in serious academic debate. To lawyers, denialism raises questions about the limits of freedom of speech – particularly when domestic laws are taken into account which prohibit certain forms of denialism. To political scientists, sociologists or psychologists the motives of deniers and the repercussions of their statements are of particular importance. There is therefore need for a contextual perspective of holocaust denial which fosters a better understanding of the perspectives of these disciplines.
The School of Historical Studies (Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies) and the School of Law at Leicester University have established an interdisciplinary initiative to investigate denialism, but also other aspects relating to the Holocaust and to genocide. This workshop is intended to be an initial meeting and appraisal of this field of research, but it will also facilitate the creation of a network of scholars and expert commentators who are interested in this field. It will focus on questions such as:
• How do we define Holocaust denial?
• How can it be proven?
• What are the intentions behind Holocaust denial?
• What is the impact of laws against Holocaust denial?
Abstracts are invited from all disciplines and to all aspects of this field of research, to be submitted to Dr Olaf Jensen (email@example.com) or Dr Paul Behrens (firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstracts should be no longer than 1 A4 page.
Closing date for submission: 01 August 2010.
Notification and Registration proceedings will follow in August.
Dr Olaf Jensen
Director, Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
Office Tel.: 0116-252-2809
School Office: 0116-252-2802
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