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Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holcoaust in a Global Age, October 9 - 11, 2014, University of Hamburg, Germany
full name / name of organization:
Institute of English and American Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany
The field of Holocaust Studies has taken a transnational turn in recent years. Whereas scholarly attention used to focus on specific national memory cultures, it has now, almost seventy years after the onset of the Second World War, increasingly shifted towards comparative, interdisciplinary, and border-crossing perspectives. Paradoxically, within literary and cultural studies, which have traditionally been at the forefront of addressing intercultural phenomena, national parameters continue to dominate the research agenda. The persistent separation of national perspectives on the Holocaust and its artistic representation not only opposes current theoretical trends, but also contradicts the political and socio-cultural realities of the Nazi crimes. In a global age, Holocaust commemoration has undergone a process of “cosmopolitization” (Levy/Sznaider 2001), which manifests itself on multiple levels, such as, for example, in the emergence of a supranational Holocaust memory and in the transnationally inflected canon of “Holocaust art”.
The objective of the conference is to explore the transnational entangled memories of the Holocaust in Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, and North and Latin America after 1945. We broadly invite proposals that investigate one of the two following thematic aspects:
The conference aims to open up a range of additional and new perspectives by re-conceptualizing the practices, conditions, and transformations of Holocaust remembrance within the framework of a more comparative and dynamic European / global cultural, intellectual, literary and political history. Proposals are encouraged from doctoral candidates and early career scholars from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, literary and cultural studies, media studies, law, philosophy, sociology and pedagogy.
Possible topics include:
- Literary, cinematic, and artistic representations of the Holocaust
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words (in English or German) and a short CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission is May 15, 2014. Participants will be notified by early summer 2014. We intend to publish selected contributions.
- Andrew Gross (American Studies, University of Erlangen)
All queries shall be addressed to the conference organizers at the Institute for English and American Studies of the University of Hamburg, Marius Henderson (email@example.com) and Julia Lange (firstname.lastname@example.org).