Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution. Fourth international multidisciplinary conference, to be held at the Imperial War Museum, London, 4-6 January 2012
This conference is planned as a follow-up to the three successful conferences, which took place at the Imperial War Museum in London in 2003, 2006 and 2009. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.
The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Gypsies and Slavonic people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called ‘racially impure’, and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a ‘survivor’ is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.
The organisers welcome proposals (including panel proposals), which focus on topics and themes of the ‘life after’, ranging from the experience of liberation to the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory and consciousness, and questions of theory and methodology. We particularly encourage colleagues from central, east and southeast Europe to apply.
As previously, we welcome new research in the following areas:
• DPs in post-war Europe
• Reception and resettlement
• Survivors in central, east and southeast Europe
• Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process
• Legacy and impact
• Rescuers and liberators
• Child survivors
• Women survivors and gender issues
• Trials and justice
• Reparation and restitution
• Testimonies and record building
• Film and photography
• Memory and amnesia
• Trauma and intergenerational transmission
• Remembrance and memorials
• Museums and archives
Please send an abstract of 200-250 words together with biographical background of about 50-100 words by 28 February 2011 to: Johannes-Dieter Steinert, email: J.D.Steinert@wlv.ac.uk
All proposals are subject to a review process.
Fees: No more than GBP150 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels and evening events, lunches, coffees and teas. Further information and registration details will be made available in 2011.
It is intended to publish a selection of papers in a Vallentine Mitchell series on Survivors of Nazi Persecution. Proceedings of the third conference: Suzanne Bardgett, David Cesarani, Jessica Reinisch and Johannes-Dieter Steinert (eds), Survivors of Nazi Persecution in Europe after the Second World War. Landscapes after Battle, 2 vols, London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2010 and 2011. Proceedings of the first and second conference: Johannes-Dieter Steinert and Inge Weber-Newth (eds), Beyond Camps and Forced Labour. Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution, Osnabrück: Secolo, 2008.
The conference is being organised by
Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museum, London
David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London
Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck College London
Johannes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton
Professor Johannes-Dieter Steinert
School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
Millennium City Building
University of Wolverhampton
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