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18 juillet 2014 : Auschwitz as World Heritage. UNESCO, Poland, and History Politics

Le Leibniz Institute of European History de Mayence organise le 18 juillet 2014 à Cracovie une journée d’étude à propos de l’inscription, depuis 1979, d’Auschwitz-Birkenau sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO (World Heritage List).

Ci-dessous l’argumentaire de ce workshop ainsi que son programme, que l’on peut retrouver également sur le site de l’institution.

Le worskop se tiendra à partir de 9h à l’adresse suivante :  Bursa im. Stanislawa Pigonia – Dom Profesorski, ul. Garbarska 7a, 31-131 Kraków.

Argumentaire du workshop :

After the adoption of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in 1972, Poland was one of the most active members and one of those states submitting the first proposals to the new World Heritage list. The Polish nominations in 1978 included not only the old towns of Krakow and Warsaw, the Wielicka salt mine and the Bialowieza national park, but also the former concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. This proposal was initially rejected, but already at the second session of the World Heritage Committee in 1979 the site named « Auschwitz concentration camp » was registered on the World Heritage List. The workshop « Auschwitz as World Heritage – UNESCO, Poland and History Politics » analyses the events that led to the inscription of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the World Heritage List and its further development as a World Heritage site. The focus is not only on assessing cultural and political processes at global and transnational levels, but also on investigating regional and national as well as locally rooted developments. Thus, the workshop will examine the changing role of Auschwitz remembrance in Poland in a historical perspective as well as history politics, heritage preservation and culture politics in an international context. Experts from different historical disciplines and social sciences, practitioners of conservation, and specialists dealing with the site convene in order to discuss implications of the Polish nomination of the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz- Birkenau for inscription in the World Heritage list in 1978. What consequences did the status « World Heritage site » have for Auschwitz-Birkenau? Can the entry of Auschwitz Concentration Camp on the World Heritage List in 1979 be read as an expression of the universalization of the Holocaust from the 1960s onward? Who used the World Heritage programme of UNESCO in this context to pursue global, national or local policies, with what aims and under what conditions?

The workshop is hosted by the research project « Knowledge of the World – Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage » which started at the Leibniz Institute of European History in July 2013.

Programme du woskhop :

9:00 Johannes Paulmann: Welcome/ Andrea Rehling: Introduction

9:30
Panel 1: The changing role of Auschwitz Heritage in a historical perspective

Julia Röttjer : Auschwitz-Birkenau as « dissonant » World Heritage since the 1970s
Jonathan Huener : The Politics and Culture of Commemoration at Auschwitz
Heidemarie Uhl : From the Margins to the Center of European and Global Memory: The Transformation of Holocaust Remembrance as historical context of Auschwitz- Birkenau Memorial
Marek Kucia : The Meanings of Auschwitz in Poland, 1945 to the Present

14h15
Panel 2: Polish history politics and conservation of cultural heritage in an international context

Danuta Klosek-Kozlowska : The Spirit of Place and the Place of Spirits. Auschwitz-Birkenau former Nazi Death Camps
Piotr Trojanski : The problems of commemoration of Jewish victims at Auschwitz Memorial and Museum during the Communist time (1947-1989)
Marek Rawecki : Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum protection zones. Managing the legacy of the former death camp

17:00
Discussion

Mai 2014 : The International Tracing Service Collections and Holocaust Scholarship

Les 12 et 13 mai derniers s’est tenu à l’United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) de Washington un workshop autour des archives de l’ITS, International Tracing Service.

Rebecca Boehling et Susanne Urban de l’ITS, à Bad Arolsen en Allemagne, viennent de publier un compte-rendu de ce workshop, consultable sur le site de H-Soz-U-Kult.

Ce sont 26 chercheuses et chercheurs d’Australie, Allemagne, Grande-Bretagne, France (représentée par Alexandre Doulut, Université Paris I), Israël, Espagne et Etats-Unis qui se sont réunis pendant ces deux journées pour partager les méthodes, réflexions et résultats de leurs recherches – sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale (déportations, travail forcé, Lebensborn…) et ses lendemains – élaborées à partir des archives de l’ITS conservées à Bad-Arolsen et numérisées et disponibles dans différents centres archives, comme le Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies de l’USHMM ou encore les Archives Nationales à Paris.

Nous invitons les lecteurs intéressés par l’après-guerre à regarder de près les titres des interventions des panels 2 et 5 et à consulter le compte-rendu cité ci-dessus.

Programme du workshop :

PANEL I :  In the Midst of Camps and Forced Labor – I

Adam Seipp (Texas A&M University) :  On the Land: Forced Labor, Wartime Society, and the ITS Archive
Christine Schmidt (Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London) :  Women behind Barbed Wire: Hungarian Jewish Women Slave Laborers in the Nazi Camps
Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) : Discovering Christianstadt: Using the ITS Collections to Gain Insights into a Women’s Sub-Camp of Gross-Rosen

PANEL II : Postwar Testimony, Memory, and Representations of Trauma in the ITS

Barbara Glück (Mauthausen Memorial) : Biographies of Former Prisoners at Mauthausen and its Subcamps
Susanne Urban (ITS Bad Arolsen) :  “My only Document is the Number on my Hand”: Early Testimonies in the ITS Archive
Elizabeth Anthony (Clark University, Worcester / USHMM, Washington, DC) : Representations of Sexual Violence in ITS Documentation

PANEL III :  Who is Disposable? Inclusion and Exclusion in Nazi Germany

Akim Jah (Potsdam) :  The Card Catalog of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (Reich Association of Jews in Germany)
Aleksandra Loewenau (Oxford Brookes University) :  Malaria Experiments on Prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp: A Revised Study
Amy Carney (Pennsylvania State University) :  Caring for the Family: The SS “Family Community” in the ITS Lebensborn (Fountain of Life) Files

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Suzanne Brown-Fleming (Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM) :  “Our Mothers, Our Fathers”: One German Town in the Records of the ITS Reception

PANEL IV : Brutality in the Last Year of the War, 1944–45

Michael McConnell (University of Tennessee) : Violence inside Germany’s Regional Prison System during Nazism’s End Phase
Idit Gil (Open University of Israel) : Jewish Slave Laborers from Radom in the Last Year of the War: Social Aspects of Exploitation
Jörg Skriebeleit (Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial) :  Confrontation–Reburial–Identification. De-Contextualization: Memorializing the Death Marches and their Victims

PANEL V :  Survivors and the Political Landscape of Postwar Europe

Jennifer Rodgers (University of Pennsylvania) :  Archive of Horrors, Archive of Hope: The International Tracing Service in the Postwar Era
Ruth Balint (University of New South Wales): The Use and Abuse of History: Displaced Persons in the ITS Archive
Laura Hilton (Muskingum University) : The Experiences and Impact of the Stateless in the Postwar Period

PANEL VI :  In the Midst of Camps and Forced Labor –  II

Alexandra Lohse (American University, Washington, DC / USHMM, DC) : The Nazi Forced Labor Program and ITS Documentation
Alexandre Doulut (University of Paris I), From Drancy to Cosel? One Transport in the ITS Archives
Marta Simó (Autonomous University of Barcelona), ITS, Spain, and the Holocaust

‘Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept : Appel à contribution

Le Centre d’études juives de Berlin-Brandenburg – en coopération avec le Centre pour la recherche sur l’antisémitisme (de l’Université Technique de Berlin) et le DAAD – lance un appel à contribution pour son workshop Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept qui aura lieu les 20 et 21 novembre 2014 à Berlin.

Le workshop est organisé par Alina Bothe and Markus Nesselrodt. Les chercheurs Atina Grossmann, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum et Anne Rothe y participeront.
Les candidatures doivent être soumises avant le 1er avril 2014 et doivent comprendre  : une proposition en anglais ou en allemand de 300 à 500 mots (pour une intervention de 20 minutes) et un CV académique.


Call for Papers

‘Survivors’ – Politics and Semantics of a Concept

The current understanding of the term ‘survivor’ in social and cultural studies includes various layers of  meaning. In the German discourse ‘survivors’ are often understood as those who were persecuted as Jews by the National Socialists in the years 1939-1945 and survived the war in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. Those who were able to escape and survive in exile are classified as ‘refugees’ or ‘emigrants’. The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation applies a broader concept of the term ‘survivors’ which includes all Jewish interviewees regardless of the variety of their experiences. Both examples illustrate the impact of a collective attribution by others to the status of being a ‘survivor’. In addition to the already widely discussed categories of victims and witnesses the concept ‘survivor’ still needs further discussion.

Taking into account the multiple self-narratives of Shoah survivors opens new possibilities of understanding survival. The Jewish Displaced Persons in occupied post World War II Europe identified themselves initially as She’erit Hapletah, the ‘surviving remnant’ of European Jewry. Following this self-definition, all remaining European Jews belonged to this collective; a formulation that stressed unity after catastrophe and effaced the many differences in wartime experiences of survival. Those who survived the war as refugees or deportees in the Soviet Union also became part of the She’erit Hapletah when they were repatriated to their countries of origin, especially Poland, from where, finding only a “vast graveyard” and renewed antisemitism, many fled again. Even as they became the majority in the Jewish Displaced Persons Camps of occupied Europe, their specific experiences and memories were marginalized. Scholars have only recently begun to examine (and re-examine) the complex set of historical experiences and meanings attached to the the concept and definitions of ‘survivor’ and survival.

The workshop will focus on the different semantic and political meanings of the concept of ’survivor’ since World War II. It is necessary to critically analyze the different disciplinary, historical, and national understandings of the term. These questions are not new but need to be asked once again from a contemporary perspective. The political and social conditions that provide individuals a public forum for their memories will be considered as well. In many countries there has been a broadening of the concept of ‘survivor‘ over the decades, very often related to discussions about remembrance and restitution. What strategies and policies stand behind this change, and how does the semantic opening work in practice?

Possible topics for contributions include:

– juridical definitions of the term ’survivor‘ and the consequences ;
– other definitions of the term and their effectiveness ;
– Jewish and non-Jewish understandings of the ’survivor’ ;
– reparations and compensation for survivors ;
– gaps and taboos in survivor’s narratives and memories ;
– function and role of ’survivors‘ in national memorial cultures ;
– national and transnational conditions of the ’invention‘ of the ’survivor’ ;
– survivors as historians, writers, politicians ;
– the impact of gender on semantics and politics of the concept ;
– how does media affect the memory of survival ;
– how do current political questions and anxieties shape debates about definitions of survivors?

Confirmed keynote speakers for the workshop are:

Dr Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, DAAD Walter Benjamin Visiting Professor)
Dr Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Director of the Berlin Institute of Technology Center for
Dr Anne Rothe (Associate Professor of German, Wayne State University, Detroit)

The workshop will be held in German and English. Selected contributions will be published.

Funding will be available only on a limited basis and by request.

Please submit your proposal of 300-500 words for a paper of 20 minutes length together with your institutional affiliation and your academic CV by April 1, 2014 via e-mail to Alina Bothe: a.bothe@zentrum-juedische-studien.de.

Participants will be notified by May 1, 2014.

Young Scholars Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews : Appel à contribution

Young Scholars Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews

 

Depuis 2008, le workshop « Pologne-Israël » propose aux doctorants et jeunes docteurs de se réunir deux fois par an autour de la thématique suivante : Histoire et culture des Juifs polonais.

Ce workshop donne l’opportunité à ces jeunes chercheurs de présenter leurs travaux en cours, de recevoir l’avis de chercheurs confirmés et de rencontrer des personnes issues d’autres institutions que les leurs.

Cette année le workshop est accueilli par l’Université de Wroclaw (Pologne), en coopération avec des institutions israéliennes (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University) et polonaises (Jagiellonian University in Kraków). Il se tiendra du lundi 23 juin au mercredi 25 juin 2014.

Date limite du dépôt des candidatures : 15 janvier 2014. Le contenu du dossier à présenter est décrit dans l’appel à participation ci-dessous.

Call for papers

Since its first meeting in Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamishah in 2008, the Bi-Annual Poland-Israel Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews has succeeded in creating a vibrant, dynamic and supportive academic community for the next generation of scholars of Polish Jewry. Through these and related frameworks, including a second workshop in Kraków in 2010 and a third workshop in Sdot-Yam in 2012, doctoral students and recent PhD’s have had the opportunity to present their work, receive critical feedback from other scholars and meet colleagues from other centers.

The fourth Bi-Annual Poland-Israel Workshop on the History and Culture of Polish Jews will be hosted and organized by the University of Wrocław, in cooperation with other academic institutions in Israel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University) and in Poland (Jagiellonian University in Kraków).

The workshop will take place at Wielka Lipa near Wrocław from Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and will include presentations by doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars, responses by senior scholars, discussions and cultural activities. The program will begin with an opening event on Monday afternoon, June 23 and will be followed by two days of presentations and discussions. The workshop will conclude on Wednesday, June 25 in Wrocław with sessions held in Wrocław and a sightseeing tour of the town.

Participants will receive room and board for the duration of the program at the guest house in Wielka Lipa. In some cases, program organizers will be able to provide travel stipends for students from Israel.

Interested candidates should submit an electronic application in English to the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław (judaistyka@uni.wroc.pl) by no later than January 15, 2014. Applications should consist of one Word or PDF file and include: a letter of interest, a 1-2 page abstract of their research proposal, and a short CV. A letter of recommendation by the student’s supervisor should be sent directly to the conference organizers.

Although the workshop is geared toward doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars affiliated with universities in Poland and Israel, students from other countries working on relevant topics are also encouraged to apply.

The organizing committee of the University of Wrocław includes: Dr. Agnieszka Jagodzińska, Lidia Jerkiewicz, Dr. Joanna Lisek, Prof. Marcin Wodziński.

For further details please contact Ms. Lidia Jerkiewicz at the Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław (judaistyka@uni.wroc.pl).