The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies solicits proposals from scholars to coordinate two-week research workshops at the Museum during the months of June, July, and August. Established in 1999, the Center’s Summer Research Workshop program provides an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study—but with limited previous face-to-face interaction—can gather to discuss a central research question or issue; their research methodologies and findings; the major challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative scholarly ventures. Read the application guidelines and see a listing of institutions represented in the workshops.
In the 2011 workshop, Jews and the Law in Modern Europe: Emancipation, Destruction, Reconstruction, participants compared the expulsions of Jews from various European legal systems during the Holocaust within the context of 20th-century European history. Although the essential role that the German courts played in the exclusion, repression, and ultimate murder of Jews is well documented, less is known about the Jewish legal response to persecution before, during, and after the Holocaust. Combining the study of jurisprudence and legal institutions with the methodologies of social and cultural history, workshop participants examined the Jewish community’s constantly changing access to and use of the legal and justice systems of Germany, Poland, and France between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Past workshops have addressed topics such as the contemporary Polish impulse to memorialize Jewish spaces, Sephardic Jewish life during and after the Holocaust, the experiences of the North African Jewry in World War II, contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, the awareness of the Holocaust of intelligence agencies during World War II, and the contested status of testimony in Holocaust historiography.
The Center welcomes proposals from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, psychology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Awards are granted on a competitive basis.
The Center also periodically issues calls for applicants for planned workshops that explore specific critical issues in Holocaust studies, encourage collaborative research, discuss methodologies and research results, and lay the groundwork for future research and publication. These workshops last two weeks and are led by leading scholars in the field. The 2012 planned research workshop Exploring the Plight and Path of Jewish Refugees, Survivors, and Displaced Persons. The application period has closed.
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