The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel 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 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. View the application guidelines and institutions represented in the workshops.
The Mandel 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.
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upcoming Workshop PRESENTATIONS
Complicity and Collaboration: Definitions, Distinctions, and Debate
Friday, August 1, 2–4 p.m.
Although the term “collaborator” has served to draw a boundary between Nazi perpetrators and those who assisted them, the situation on the ground was far more complex. Participants in this workshop will examine a variety of groups of understudied collaborators and perpetrators in order to shed new light on the forms of collaboration and complicity with the Nazi genocidal project, as well as the postwar consequences of collaboration for individuals and societies.
Literary Responses to Genocide in the Post-Holocaust Era
Friday, August 15, 2–4 p.m.
This workshop will examine the impact of Holocaust narratives on literary representations of mass atrocity and genocide produced in its aftermath. Participants will analyze the phenomenon of witnessing, issues of memory and representation, and aesthetics of violence in diverse contexts in order to establish a comparative framework for literature that responds to genocide and state-sponsored violence. Participants will focus on both new readings of literature about the Holocaust and its aftermath, and the relation of the Holocaust to other significant events, including Apartheid in South Africa, the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, dictatorship in Argentina, and post-Holocaust readings of the systemic violence of American plantation slavery.
Past workshops have addressed topics such as postwar restitution and reparations projects in Europe, Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe during the Communist period, Jewish legal responses to the Holocaust, 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.