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ANUNT Call for Papers: The international conference The Holocaust in Southeastern Europe2

The  Elie  Wiesel  National  Institute  for  the  Study  of  the  Holocaust  in  Romania  and  the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invite applications for an interdisciplinary regional conference on the  Holocaust  in  Southeastern  Europe.  The  conference  will  be  held  May  25–26,  2015  in Bucharest.

This  two-day conference  will  bring  together  scholars  from  all  disciplines  working  on  the Holocaust  in  the  Southeastern  tier  of  Europe  to  share  their  research  with  each  other  and  the public.  The  conference  seeks  to  stimulate  discussion  and  debate  on  current  research  on  the Holocaust, and to foster interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation among scholars of the topic in the region. It will highlight new research in such areas as atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves; the radicalization of local politics during Nazi occupation; forced and slave labor; the dynamics of complicity and collaboration; everyday life on the front and under occupation; plunder,  robbery,  and  expropriation;  refugees  and  displaced  persons;  understudied  victims; gender;  the  cultural  politics  of representation  and  commemoration  in  the  aftermath; contemporary  Holocaust  revisionism  and  denial,  and  manifestations  of  antisemitic  and  antiRomani  prejudice;  and  communities  and identities  forged  around  the  experiences  of  war  and genocide. The organizers particularly encourage proposals that address Romania and Ukraine in comparative perspective, as well as applications that consider the specificities of the Bulgarian and Hungarian cases. Proposals from scholars working on these topics who reside in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina,  Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Greece,  Hungary,  Macedonia, Moldova,  Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine are especially welcome.

Applicants  interested  in  presenting  a  paper  should  be  currently  researching  or  completing projects exploring the subject matter described  above, broadly  understood. Proposals on new, 2 previously unpublished research are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. While full-length papers may be prepared  in  any  language,  successful  applicants  will  be  required  to  submit  a  copy  of  the conference version of their paper  in English in advance of the program for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and conference participants.

The  conference  will  be  conducted  in  English  and  Romanian.  Romanian English  language translation services will be provided for the audience.

 

Proposal submission

The  deadline  for  receipt  of  proposals  is November  28,  2014.  To  propose  a  paper  for  this conference, please  send  (1)  a  cover  letter  addressing  your  specific  interests  in  the  study  and teaching of the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe; (2) your curriculum vitae; and (3) an abstract of  no  more  than 500  words  for  your  proposed  paper  in  a  single  Word  document  to  Krista Hegburg,  Ph.D.,  Program  Officer,  Mandel  Center  for  Advanced  Holocaust  Studies, at khegburg@ushmm.org.

Submissions must include the speaker’s name, contact address, and email.

 

Travel and accommodations

The conference organizers will provide lodging for the duration of the conference and a stipend to defray transportation and expenses for conference participants. Any necessary visas will be the  responsibility  of  the  conference  participant.  The  Wiesel  Institute  can  provide  invitation  letters for the purpose of visa applications.

 

Travel awards for junior scholars

A limited number of junior scholar stipends will also be available to partially defray costs for graduate students and junior scholars from post-communist countries to attend the conference. Applicants must be advanced  graduate students or recent  Ph.D. recipients no more than three years beyond conferral of their degree, and must reside in one of the countries in the regions covered by this CfP. Scholars enrolled in graduate programs or teaching at universities outside of these countries are not eligible for junior scholar travel stipends. Please note that these awards are not for panelists presenting papers, but for junior scholars who wish to attend the conference as part of the audience.

To apply for a junior scholar travel stipend, please submit (1) a curriculum vitae that indicates your  current  academic  affiliation;  (2)  a  statement  of  interest  of  not  more  than  750  words 3 addressing your specific interest in attending the conference, background in the area of study, and how attendance will benefit the candidate’s research, teaching, or future publications; and (3) a supporting letter from an academic advisor, department chair, or dean that addresses the candidate’s  qualifications  and  research  as  well  as  his/her  potential  as  a  scholar  to  Krista Hegburg,  Ph.D.,  Program  Officer,  Mandel  Center  for  Advanced  Holocaust  Studies, at khegburg@ushmm.org.

Statements  of  interest  and  CVs  must  be  submitted  in  English;  the  supporting  letter  may  be submitted in either English or one of the languages of the applicant’s country. The deadline for receipt of application for the junior scholar travel stipends is December 12, 2014.