The Holocaust and its analogy to other genocides is a recurring topic in both academic and educational discussion. Holocaust historiography debates a range of issues; from the importance of ideology to the feelings of victims. Research into genocides is often influenced by the findings of Holocaust historiography. The current research on mass violence raises imminent questions about the place of the Holocaust in the history of genocide.
The main focus of the international Conference Uses, Abuses and Misuses of the Holocaust Paradigm, is not so much the relation of the Holocaust and other genocides in itself. It is the fact that this relation, ever since Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1944 and the United Nations adopted the Genocide Convention on December 9, 1948, is a pivotal part of the international discourse.
The conference is organized on the occasion of the Dutch chair of the ITF in 2011.
Keynotes by prof. Christian Gerlach, prof. Debórah Dwork, prof. Eric Weitz, prof. Abram de Swaan and dr. Stephen Smith.
Workshops on the themes of research, education and sites of remembrance.
Location: Peace Palace, The Hague
Registration and info: www.niod.knaw.nl
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