Proposals due December 15, 2013
May 12–14, 2014
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany
Call for Papers
The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the International Tracing Service (ITS) invite applications for an international conference designed to illustrate the broad academic research potential of the ITS collections. Participants will present their papers in sessions open to the public and will also have the opportunity for discussion among the presenters on their experiences using the ITS archives.
The ITS in Bad Arolsen, Germany, was, until November 2007, the largest closed archive in the world related to the Holocaust, forced labor, and Nazi persecution. Recently inscribed into the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Memory of the World Register, the ITS collection has opened important new potential for understanding the Holocaust and other Nazi-era crimes. While utilized for decades principally for tracing purposes, the documents provide opportunities for a better understanding of a broad range of topics relating to persecution, incarceration, forced labor, mass murder, displacement, resettlement, and the legacies of these experiences as a result of World War II.
Five years ago, in a workshop jointly organized by the Center and ITS, an international group of 15 scholars identified significant topical areas for which the ITS documents have great potential, including, but not limited to, social histories of camps and sites of forced labor spanning the entire 1933–1945 period; changing patterns of behavior, violence, and obedience to orders over time from the perspectives of perpetrators, prisoners, laborers, witnesses, and labor users; studies of prisoner categorization practices; medical practices and abuses; and studies of labor utilization in particular towns, regions, camps, or institutions.
This conference will bring together scholars who have conducted significant new and original research using ITS collections in the above and other areas. The conference will be conducted in English.
We welcome proposals to present new research findings from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including advanced doctoral students and immediate post-doctoral scholars. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution. Applicants interested in presenting a paper should be currently researching or completing projects that involve substantial research in ITS collections. Those selected will be required to submit a copy of their presentation four weeks in advance of the conference for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and conference participants.
Conference organizers will provide economy-class, direct round-trip airfare from the participants’ home institutions, four nights of lodging for the duration of the conference, and a modest stipend to help defray meals and ground transportation costs.
To propose a paper for this conference, your application must include:
- A cover letter addressing in detail your current research in the ITS Collection
- Your curriculum vitae
- An abstract of no more than 500 words of your proposed paper
Please e-mail these items to Elizabeth Anthony, Curt C. and Else Silberman ITS Scholar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and to Professor Rebecca Boehling, director, International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 15, 2013. We will select and notify participants by January 31, 2014.
This conference is made possible by the major support of Betty-Jean and David Bavar, and the Harris Family Foundation.