Saturday, March 31, 2012

Call for Papers US Holocaust Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

International Conference
DECEMBER 7–9, 2012
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Moscow, Russia

  • Blavatnik Family Foundation
  • Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien, et centre-européen at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales
  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
  • Centre franco-russe de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales de Moscou
  • Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Georgetown Institute for Global History, Georgetown University
  • German Historical Institute Moscow
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

In the past decade, three related fields, each interdisciplinary in its own right, have developed exponentially but sometimes in isolation: the study of wartime Stalinism, the study of the Nazi occupation of Soviet territories, and the study of the Holocaust in the East. This conference will bring together the latest research conducted in all humanities and social science disciplines in order to foster new analytical perspectives and cross-fertilization in these and other key areas.

The conference seeks to highlight new research on such topics and issues as:

  • Evacuation, refugees, and displaced persons
  • Atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves
  • Forced and slave labor
  • The dynamics of complicity, collaboration, and various forms of resistance
  • Everyday life on the front and under occupation
  • Understudied victims
  • Occupier perspectives on the war and the Holocaust, including such acts as the starvation of Soviet POWs, and their contributions to the history of National Socialism
  • New perspectives on the Soviet wartime experience and the impact of war on the Soviet system
  • The study of the Soviet home front
  • Soviet-German interactions and entanglements, both in specific locales and in systemic terms
  • The cultural politics of representation and commemoration in the aftermath
  • Gender
  • Communities and identities forged around the unprecedented experiences of war on the Eastern Front in World War II
The conference is intended to be interdisciplinary. Proposals for new, original, and previously unpublished papers are welcome from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including from doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Applicants interested in presenting a paper should be currently researching or completing projects exploring the topics and issues listed above, broadly understood. Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their presentation in advance of the conference for circulation among commentators, other panelists, and conference participants.

The conference will be conducted in English and Russian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 15, 2012. Participants will be selected and notified no later than June 1, 2012.

For more information and for the full call for papers, please visit

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