Research Workshop: Holocaust Studies in China
October 15–19, 2018
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and New York University Shanghai invite applications for a research workshop entitled "Holocaust Studies in China." The workshop will take place at New York University Shanghai.
The workshop will bring together junior scholars to present new, original, and unpublished research for feedback from their fellow participants, workshop leaders, and other invited respondents. Daily sessions will be comprised of presentation and discussion of the participants’ work. The workshop will also acquaint participants with the Holocaust Museum’s archival resources. The workshop will be conducted in English and Chinese.
The workshop welcomes proposals from scholars actively researching the Holocaust, its antecedents and aftermath, and/or its intersection with Chinese and East Asian culture and history. Projects might address:
- Population displacement, refugees, and immigration
- Forced and slave labor
- Atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves
- The transnational, imperial, and diplomatic history of the Holocaust and World War II
- Law, justice, and the jurisprudence of atrocity
- Restitution, reparations, and compensation
- Trauma, transgenerational memory, and postmemory
- Commemoration and memorialization
- Testimony, literature, and expressive culture
- Ethical, philosophical, and religious responses
Applications are welcome from Chinese scholars affiliated with universities, research institutions, and memorial sites in China, in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, religion, Jewish studies, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, law, and genocide studies. Strong preference will be given to junior scholars from the level of Ph.D. candidate through lecturer/assistant professor. Participants will be required to submit drafts of their works-in-progress in advance of the workshop.
The workshop will be chaired by David Engel, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies, Professor of History, and Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University. Dr. Engel holds the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Chair of Holocaust Studies at NYU, established in 1999 in partnership with USHMM, through the generosity of Maurice R. and Corrine P. Greenberg and the Starr Foundation. Among his many publications are The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews, Between Liberation and Flight: Holocaust Survivors in Poland and the Struggle for Leadership, 1944-1946, Facing a Holocaust: The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Jews, 1943-1945, and In the Shadow of Auschwitz: The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Jews, 1939-1942.
The workshop will also familiarize participants with the resources from the Museum relevant to their individual research projects as well as East Asian history. The Museum’s holdings include select records from the Shanghai Municipal Archives, the Archives of the Far Eastern Jewish Central Information Bureau (DALJEWCIB) Harbin-Shanghai, the Shanghai Jewish Community Collection, the United Nations War Crimes Commission records, select records from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's China Office, and the Koreshige Inuzuka papers, the International Tracing Service Digital Archive, as well as oral history interviews and various personal collections relating to immigration to Shanghai.
Applications must be submitted in English and include: (1) a current CV; (2) a statement (maximum 750 words) addressing the candidate’s specific interest, background in the program’s area of study (including previous coursework, projects, language study, etc.) as well as how workshop will benefit the candidate’s research and/or future publications; (3) an abstract (maximum 750 words) outlining the specific project that the applicant is working on, plans to research, and is prepared to present; (4) 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 in the field. Participants are required to attend the full duration of the workshop.
The Museum will provide participants with: (1) the direct transportation required to attend the workshop; (2) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (3) a stipend to defray the cost of incidental expenses, which will be distributed within 4-6 weeks of the workshop’s conclusion.
All application materials must be received by March 30, 2018. Applications should be sent to:
Sicong Zhu (Iris) at Shanghai New York University, 1555 Century Avenue, Room 1425, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200122, China, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct questions about this program to Dr. Krista Hegburg, Program Officer, International Academic Programs Division, at email@example.com.
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New York University
Suzanne Brown-Fleming, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
David Engel, New York University
Krista Hegburg, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Yukiko Koga, Hunter College
Meredith Oyen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Joanna Waley-Cohen, New York University Shanghai