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24-26 avril 2014 : Interventions sur l’histoire des Juifs après 1945 au cours de l’ASN world convention


Aujourd’hui s’ouvre à l’Université Columbia à New York la 19e convention de l’Association pour les études des nationalités (Association for the Study of Nationalities, ASN). Pendant 3 jours (24-26 avril 2014), des doctorants et chercheurs du monde entier vont présenter leurs recherches sur le nationalisme, les questions d’appartenance ethnique, les conflits ethniques, les identités nationales, les diasporas, les migrations… L’attention est portée sur des régions telles que les Balkans, l’Europe centrale, la Russie, l’Ukraine, l’Eurasie, le Caucase, la Turquie, la Grèce, Chypre… Les invités sont issus de différentes disciplines, ce qui permet de croiser des problématiques propres aux sciences politiques, à l’histoire, l’anthropologie, la sociologie, les relations internationales, l’économie, la psychologie, la géographie, etc…


Vous trouverez ci-dessous la présentation de la convention ainsi qu’un lien vers son programme complet. Concernant, l’étude de l’histoire des Juifs, nous avons remarqué la tenue des interventions suivantes (en violet celles concernant directement l’histoire des Juifs après 1945) :


Jeudi 24 avril 2014


* Session II (13h20-15h20). Panel R10 : Jewish Lives in Russia and the Soviet Union: Personal Identities and State Policies
Dina Zisserman-Brodsky (Ben-Gurion U of the Negev, Israel) : The “Russian Peculiarities” of the Jewish Woman from Rostov-on-Don : Carl Jung’s Sabina Spielrein and the Russian Intelligentsia Discourse
Victoria Khiterer (Millersville U, US) : The October 1905 Pogroms and the Russian Authorities
Mihaly Kalman (Harvard U, US)The Ukrainian Sovnarkom’s Permanent Commission on : Combating Banditism and the Militarization of the Shtetls, 1921-1923
Alexander Burakovsky (Independent Researcher, New Jersey, US) : The Rukh Council of Nationalities, the Jewish Question and Ukrainian Independence
DISCUSSANT : Gennady Estraikh (NYU, US)


* Session III (16-18h). Panel CE19 : Academic Anti-Semitism in Romania, Past and Present
Peter Dan (Long Island U, US) : Keeping the Long Hate Alive: Antisemitism from the Perspective of Neuropsychology and Evolutionary Psychology
Adrian Cioflanca (Xenopol History Institute, Iasi, Romania) : Confronting Ex-Cathedra Antisemitism: Jewish Voices against Interwar Scholars Cuza and Paulescu
Felicia Waldman (U of Bucharest, Romania): The Life of Jewish Professors in Romanian Universities from Late 19th Century to the End of World War II
Michael Shafir (Babes-Bolyai U, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) : Unacademic Academics: Holocaust Deniers and Trivializers in Postcommunist Romania
DISCUSSANT : Mihai Chioveanu (U of Bucharest, Romania)


*Session IV (18h20-20h20). Panel BK22 : Rethinking Post-Communist Memory Politics: Reinvention, Prolongation, Equation
Daniela Koleva : (Sofia U, Bulgaria) : Re-Inventing the Past: Memory and Counter-Memory, Strategies and Tactics, Activists and Entrepreneurs
Ljiljana Radonic (Institute of Cultural Studies and Theatre History, Vienna, Austria) : Equation vs./as Europeanization?  Holocaust and Gulag in Post-Communist Memorial Museums
Oto Luthar (U of Nova Gorica, Slovenia) : Prolongation: A Symptom of Post-Communist Memory Culture/s
Zoltan Dujisin (Columbia U, US) : Institutionalizing a Collective Memory of “Totalitarianism”: The Post-Communist Right and the Europolitics of Interest Alignment
DISCUSSANT : Michael Shafir (Babes-Bolyai U, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)


* Session IV (18h20-20h20). PanelCE13 : The Holocaust and Memory in Central Europe
CHAIR : Richard Frankel (U of Louisiana, Lafayette, US)
Intervenants  :
Hanna Schmidt Hollander : (U of Hamburg, Germany/U of Virginia, US) : Identity in Crisis: Jewish Identity Policies in the Nazi Ghettos
Andrew Kornbluth (U of California, Berkeley, US) : “A Country Without a Quisling”? Postwar Trials, the Holocaust, and the Limits of Retributive Justice in Poland
Anton Weiss-Wendt (Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Norway) : The Soviet Union and the Genocide Convention, 1946-1948: The Ideology of Defensive Self-Righteousness
Nadine Blumer (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC) : Networking Memory: Germany’s Holocaust Memorials to Roma and Jewish Victims in Comparative Perspective
Magdalena Gross (Stanford U, US) : Struggling to Deal with the Difficult Past: Polish Students Confront the Holocaust
DISCUSSANT : Aviel Roshwald (Georgetown U, US)


Vendredi 25 avril 2014


* Session VI (11h20-13h20). Panel L BO12 : Book Panel on Jan Grabowski’s Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland (Indiana, 2013)
CHAIR : Elissa Bemporad (CUNY Queens College, US
Martin Dean (US Holocaust Memorial, DC)
Piotr Wrobel (U of Toronto, Canada)
David Engel (NYU, US)
Jan Grabowski (U of Ottawa, Canada)


* Session VII (14h50-16h50). Panel N6 :  Israel and the Palestinians: Power-Sharing or Partition as Options for Peace (Roundtable)
Uriel Abulof (Princeton U, US) : Middle Ground or Common Ground? The Political Ethics of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Benny Miller (U of Haifa, Israel) : Why Partition is the Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Brendan O’Leary (U of Pennsylvania, US) : Power-Sharing and Partition amid Israel-Palestine
Asaf Siniver (U of Birmingham, UK) : Arbitrating the Two-State Solution


* Session VII (14h50-16h50). Panel BO1 : Book Panel on Donna Lee-Frieze’s. Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin (Yale, 2013)
CHAIR : Joyce Apsel (NYU, US)
Peter Balakian (Colgate U, US)
Mark Lewis (CUNY, US)
Anton Weiss-Wendt (Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Norway)
Donna Lee-Frieze (U of Victoria, Australia/Center for Jewish History, US)


Samedi 26 avril 2014

* Session X (11h20-13h20). Panel CE16 : Central European Nationalism Before the First World War
Intervenants :
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Timothy Olin (Purdue U, US) : The “Toleration” of Jews and Romani in the Habsburg Balkans
DISCUSSANT : Daniel Unowsky (U of Memphis, US)


* Session XI (14h50-16h50). Panel CE17 : Representing Nationality and Identity in Central Europe
Intervenants :
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Djordje Stefanovic (Saint Mary’s U, Canada) : What Causes “Anti-Semitism without Jews” in Eastern Europe?
DISCUSSANT :  Carol Skalnik Leff (U of Illinois, Urbana, US)


* Session XII (17h10-19h10). Panel M4 : Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Integration in Europe
Intervenants :
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Esther Romeyn (U of Florida, US) : The Spectropolitics of Immigration in the Netherlands: Tolerance, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and the Dis/Avowal of Race
DISCUSSANT : Tomris Yilmaz (U Paris Sorbonne, France)


Programme : Lien vers le site de l’ASN.

The final program of the ASN 2014 World Convention can be downloaded at The Convention, sponsored by the Harriman Institute, will be held at Columbia
University, New York, on April 24-26, 2014.

Registration fees are $90 for ASN members, $110 for nonmembers, $60 for students (and a special rate of $30 for nonpanelist graduate students enrolled in New York area universities). The registration form can be downloaded at
For registration information, please contact Kelsey Davis ( ). For general convention information, please contact Ryan Kreider (,  212 854 2514). For information on panels, please contact Dominique Arel ( ).

Two special roundtables will be held on the Ukraine escalating crisis (on Thursday April 24 at 6.20 PM and Friday April 25 at 11.20 AM). Up-to-the minute roundtables on the “Bosnian Spring” and the 2014 Hungarian election were also added to the program.

As always, the Convention boasts the most international lineup of panelists of North American-based conventions, with more than half of the 400+ scholars delivering papers, currently based outside of the United States in nearly 50 countries. More than 750 panelists and participants are expected at the Convention. The program features 150 panels, including the screening of 12 new documentaries that will be announced shortly. The films include Watchers of the Sky, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, and Putin’s Games.

The Convention offers an exceptionally strong lineup of panels in all regions of the former Communist world and Eurasia: Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia/Turkey-Greece/China, the Balkans, Ukraine/Belarus and Central Europe (including the Baltics and Moldova). Every year, the Program Committee has to be more selective in devising the lineup, due to the increasing number of proposals. The Central Europe and Balkans sections are the largest, with 25 and 23 panels respectively, followed by Russia and the Caucasus-21, Ukraine (and Belarus)-17, Central Asia/China/ Turkey/Greece-a combined 17, Nationalism Studies-13 and the new Migration section-8 panels.

In its most visible section, the Convention will be hosting 17 special panels featuring new important books. The list includes Ian Buruma’s Year Zero: A History of 1945, Andreas Wimmer’s Ethnic Boundary Maker and Serhii Plokhy’s The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, the latter event conducted in the form of a conversation with the author. The book panel Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin (by Donna Lee-Frieze) will be followed, in the next session,  by the documentary Watchers of the Sky, partly evoking the live of Raphael Lemkin. Other book panels will feature the latest monographs by Margarita Balmaceda (The Politics of Energy Dependency), David Crowe (War Crimes, Genocide & Justice), Montserrat Guibernau (Belonging), Ipek Yosmaoglu (Blood Ties), Jan Grabowski (Hunt for the Jews), Maria Koinova (Varieties of Governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo), Soeren Keil (Multinational Federalism in Bosnia), Stephen Jones (Georgia: A Political History), Lynn Tesser (Ethnic Cleansing and the EU), Elissa Helms (Innocence and Victimhood), Larry Markowitz (State Erosion), and Jessica Greenberg (Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia). The opening reception of the Convention will be held on the 15th Floor of the International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York on Thursday April 24 at 8.30 PM. The closing reception, at the same place on Saturday
– April 26 at 7.15 PM, will feature the announcements of the ASN Harriman Book Prize, the Best Doctoral Students Papers Awards and the Award for Best Documentary.


Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism in the Shadow of the Holocaust : Appel à contribution

esa-logoTous les deux ans, l’Association européenne de sociologie (European Sociological Association, ESA) rassemble ses membres pour débattre des questions sociologiques contemporaines. Cette année les interventions porteront sur l’antisémitisme et le racisme en Europe, notamment depuis 1945. La conférence se tiendra les 4 et 5 septembre 2014 à l’Université de Vienne, en Autriche.

Vous trouverez l’appel à contribution ci-dessous et sur le site de l’ESA. Les propositions d’intervention, en anglais, sont à envoyer avant le 22 mai 2014.

Call for Paper

The ESA Research Network 31: Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism invites submissions of papers for its biannual mid-term conference. The conference will be held from 4 to 5 September 2014 at the University of Vienna.

We will hold sessions that focus on theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of research on antisemitism and racism, also in a comparative framework. The network’s perspective is to bridge an exclusive divide between the understanding of antisemitism and of racism, exploring the correspondences and affinities, but also the differences and contrasts. Our over-arching question is to understand what are the material conditions and the social, political and historical contexts shaping variations in antisemitism and racism, across time and across different European and global contexts.

Besides papers on general theoretical approaches to antisemitism, racism and ethnic relations, we are particularly interested in questions of contemporary antisemitism and how it relates to Holocaust remembrance and denial. Thus, papers on ‘secondary’ and ‘new antisemitism’ are expressly welcome. Our special concern lies in (but is not limited to) the following issues:

– Theoretical/conceptual approaches to the actuality of antisemitism/racism.
– How are antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance connected to each other?
– What is the relationship between Holocaust remembrance/denial and ‘new’ antisemitism?
– What is the role of right wing populism in the interconnection of antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance/denial?
– How does Islamist antisemitism relate to contemporary antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance/denial?
– Antisemitism, Holocaust remembrance/denial, the image of Israel and the (European) left.
– Resentment and prejudice against Muslims in relation to antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance.
– Relation of antisemitism, anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel.
– How are antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance/denial involved in shaping new European identities?
– How are antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance/denial related to European colonial racism and postcolonial remembrance?
– How do all of these issues relate to nationalism?
– What are the gendered dimensions of these issues?

During the sessions, each speaker will have 20 minutes. All presentations will be made in English.

Please send an abstract including eventual institutional affiliation to the local committee of the mid-term conference: Karin Stoegner ( & Nico Bechter (
Deadline: 22 May 2014

This conference is sponsored by the Research Platform “Migration and Integration Research“, University of Vienna.

3-4 juillet 2014 : Disturbing Pasts : Reverberations of the Second World War in Europe after 1945

En novembre dernier, nous vous diffusions l’appel à contribution pour une conférence organisée par le groupe de recherche “Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe since 1945“  (sous la direction de Pr. Mary Fulbrook et de Dr. Stephanie Bird de l’UCL) de l’University College London (UCL) et ayant pour thème : “Disturbing Pasts : Reverberations of the Second World War in Europe after 1945”.

Cette conférence se tiendra  à Londres les 3 et 4 juillet 2014 et son programme vient d’être annoncé sur le site du groupe de recherche.

Argumentaire de la conférence :

Organized by the AHRC-funded research group ‘Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe since 1945’ under the direction of Professor Mary Fulbrook and Dr Stephanie Bird, based at University College London (UCL).

This conference sets out to explore the complex and diverse reverberations of the Second World War after 1945. The notion of ‘disturbing pasts’ refers to the experience of war and violence. But the aim is to understand how and why these experiences continue to disturb a later present, and how some people later disturb an apparently dormant past. The focus is on conflicting, unexpected and often dissonant interpretations and representations of these events among both those who were the witnesses, victims and perpetrators of these events and among different communities in the generations that followed. On a theoretical level, therefore, one objective of this conference is to raise challenges to the widely used and yet under-theorized concept of ‘collective memory’.

For the purposes of this conference, ‘disturbance’ is addressed on three different levels which interrelate in what might be called a ‘dialectics of disturbance’:

– Those aspects of the past that remain disturbing, however hard people try to repress, forget, contain or silence this past;
– The ways in which people later actively ‘disturb’ this past; processes of confronting, interacting and dealing with the past, that in turn affect and alter how it is perceived and what its implications are for a later present;
– The often disturbing ethical questions raised in relation to the role of the analyst, historian and writer confronting this past.

Key issues include:
– TRANSMISSION: How are experiences of war and violence transmitted between and across communities and generations?
– EMBODIMENTS: How were the experiences of war and violence and their memories inscribed onto the human body? How is the body used to make sense of or deal with these experiences, whether in daily life or in artistic interventions?
– REPRESENTATION – How are the experiences of war and violence represented in various media (films, literature, memorials, autobiographical accounts, press) and what is the wider impact of these representations on changing social perceptions?
– DISPLACEMENT AND IDENTIFICATION: How did people interpret and deal with the experience of losing their home and making a new one elsewhere? What roles do place/space play for identification and identity construction?

This conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UCL European Institute, the School for European Languages Culture and Society and the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies.

Online registration:

Programme de la conférence :

Thursday 3 July

Panel I: Challenging Narratives

Mary Fulbrook (UCL), ‘Disturbing the Past / Disturbed by the Past’
Tsila Ratner (UCL),’Unbearable Mending: The Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Literature’
Katya Krylova (Nottingham), ‘Disturbing the Past: The Representation of the Waldheim Affair in Robert Schindel’s Der Kalte’
Chair: Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL)

Panel II. Hauntings

4:00 – 5:00
Gilly Carr (Cambridge), ‘Disturbing ghosts, German bunker restoration and postmemory in the Channel Islands’
Uilleam Blacker (Oxford), ‘Haunted Cities: Remembering Vanished Others and Urban Identity in Eastern Europe’

5:15 – 6:45
Susanne Knittel (Utrecht), ‘The Uncanny Memory of Nazi Euthanasia’
Alexandra Hills (UCL), Victimhood through a Creaturely Lens: Reckonings with the Holocaust in Ilse Aichinger and Primo Levi.
Joanne Pettit (Kent), ‘Second Generation Perpetrators? Inherited Guilt and the Holocaust’
Chair: Mererid Puw Davies (UCL)

Friday 4 July

Panel III. Fascination / Pleasure

9:30 – 11:00
Peter Krämer (UEA), ‘ “Mein Führer, I can walk!” References to the Nazi Past in the Making and Reception of Dr. Strangelove (1964)’
Alissa Timoshkina (KCL), ‘The Past is Still Present: Representing the Second World War in Ordinary Fascism (documentary, Mikhail Romm, USSR, 1965)’
Julia Wagner (UCL), ‘Travelling to Remember, Travelling to Forget. German tourists in Europe and reminders of a disturbing past’

11:30 – 1:00
Stephanie Bird (UCL), ‘”Comedy – or more precisely: the pure joke – is the essential inner side of mourning which from time to time, like the lining of a dress at the hem or lapel, makes its presence felt.” On comedy and suffering in post-war German texts.’
Isabelle Hesse (York), ‘Disturbing Laughter? Hitler’s Return to Contemporary Germany’
Caitríona Leahy (TCD), ‘Disturbing Anselm Kiefer’
Chair: Helena Flam (Leipzig)

Panel IV. (Dis)Placing Identities and Disturbing Memories

2:00 – 3:30
Christiane Wienand (UCL), ‘Creating a better Future by Disturbing the Past? Young West-Germans as Reconciliation Activists in the 1960s and 1970s’
Anna Zadora (Strasbourg), ‘Disturbing, Changing and Controversial Memories of the WWII in Belarus’
Ulrike Lang (Munich), ‘From Oblivion to Complex Memoryscape: The Changing Significance of the Lódz? Ghetto for the Local Community after 1945 as a Result of Interethnic and Interinstitutional Transmission of Memory’

4:00 – 5:00
Dominik Rigoll (Jena), ’45ers and 68ers in France and West Germany’
Alexey Tikhomirov (Frankfurt am Main), ‘Beyond “Fascist Sortie” and “Popular Uprising for Democracy and Rights”: Rethinking the 17 June 1953 unrest in East Germany’

5:15 – 6:15
Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe (Berlin), ‘Survivor Testimonies and the Process of Coming to Terms with the Holocaust in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia’
Gaelle Fisher (UCL), ‘Disturbance and coherence in contemporary accounts of Germans and Jews from Bukovina’
Chair: Susan Morrissey (UCL)

7:30 – 9:00
Public lecture and discussion: Lisa Appignanesi

Saturday 5 July

Panel V. Redefinitions / reconstructing identities

9:30 – 11:00
Christiane Grieb (UCL), ‘Communication, Declaration or Negotiation of Historic Truth? The Presence of  a Concentration Camp – 1945-2013’
Julia Lange (Hamburg), ‘The past is a foreign country? German American politics of memory and the Holocaust’
Jennifer Smyth (Warwick),  ‘Film, History, and the Search for Europe in Postwar Czechoslovakia’

11:30 – 12:30
Antoine Burgard (Lyons / Montreal), ‘”A sympathetic boy whom the years of suffering have not too heavily marked”. Identity construction, trauma’s perceptions and stereotyping of Holocaust orphans through social workers’ words in immediate Postwar Europe’
Tamara West (Birmingham), ‘Displaced Homes and Incomplete Narratives’
Chair: Mark Hewitson

1:30 – 3:30
Closing Discussion
Helena Flam (Leipzig), Dorothee Wierling (Hamburg), Richard Overy (Exeter)
Chair: Stephanie Bird (UCL)

The Holocaust in Greece. Genocide and its Aftermath : Appel à contribution

Les rédacteurs du Journal of Genocide Research et “the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University” lancent un appel à contribution dans le cadre d’une conférence qui aura lieu le 21 novembre 2014 à Thessalonique,en Grèce, et qui portera sur la Shoah en Grèce et ses conséquences.

Les interventions porteront sur la période de la guerre mais également sur l’après-guerre. Sur cette dernière période, les thématiques attendues sont : la vie dans les camps DP (Displaced Persons) des Juifs Grecs ; le rapatriement des Juifs grecs et la reconstruction de la communauté ; les politiques de mémorialisation de la communauté juive en Grèce ; la sphère publique et la Shoah en Grèce.

Pour ceux qui travailleraient sur un de ces aspects, les propositions d’intervention sont à envoyer avant le 1er juin 2014 (titre de l’intervention, résumé de 400-500 mots présentant les arguments, la nouveauté apportée et les sources utilisées, et un CV). La langue de travail sera l’anglais.

Vous pouvez retrouver cet appel à contribution sur le site de h-soz-u-kult.


Call for Paper

The Holocaust in Greece. Genocide and its Aftermath

The editors of the Journal of Genocide Research (journal of the International Network of Genocide Scholars) and the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University invite expressions of interest for participation in a one-day research workshop on the history of the Holocaust in Greece. The focus will be the events of the Nazi occupation, including deportations, and resistance, as well as their aftermath. The workshop will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, a city of great symbolic importance to Sephardic Jewry. The workshop language is English. Holocaust research remains relatively understudied and marginal both within Holocaust literature and the Greek academic and public spheres. With significant delay, it is currently being incorporated in the Greek national historiography. Issues of special interest to the organizers are: property confiscation; local dimensions of the Nazi occupation such as Jewish community responses and resistance; the Greek administration’s involvement in implementing Nazi policies; the Holocaust in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and the Dodecanese (areas outside the administrative boundaries of the Greek state at the time); Greece in the context of the continent-wide “Final Solution”; antisemitism; rescue networks; camp and DP camp experiences of Greek Jews; Sonderkommando; camp returnees and restoration of the communities; the Jewish community politics of memorialization; and the public sphere and the Holocaust in Greece.

The workshop organisers invite original (i.e. not previously published), English-language contributions dealing with these or other aspects of the Holocaust in Greece. Prospective presenters are invited to submit a paper title, 400-500-word abstract (detailing argument, innovation and sources), CV, AV equipment requirements (DVD, computer, projector, etc.) and contact details by 1 June 2014 via email to Prof. A. Dirk Moses, Senior Editor of the Journal of Genocide Research: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 1 July 2014.

New Jewish Museums in post-Communist Europe : Appel à contribution (revue)

Les chercheurs Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (professeur à NYU et également “Program Director” pour l’exposition permanente du Musée d’Histoire des Juifs polonais à Varsovie) et Olga Gershenson (professeur à l’Université de Massachussetts-Amherst) lancent un appel à contribution pour un numéro spécial sur les nouveaux musées juifs dans l’Europe post-communiste. Elles espèrent notamment y inclure des articles concernant la Russie, l’Ukraine, la Hongrie, la Pologne, la République Tchèque, la Roumanie, la Moldavie, l’Allemagne de l’Est.  Les sujets attendus sont détaillés dans l’appel à contribution cité ci-dessous.

Les propositions d’articles (titre, résumé, biographie de l’auteur – le tout en anglais) sont à envoyer avant le 30 mars 2014 ; puis les articles seront à rendre pour janvier 2015.

Call for Paper


Post-Communist Eastern Europe is experiencing a museum boom, and Jewish museums and Holocaust memorials are among them. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow and Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw are prime examples of this trend, but there are many others. For decades, the subject of the Holocaust, and Jewish history in general, were largely off-limits in the Eastern bloc. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union and fall of the Berlin Wall, there is a revival of Jewish culture and institutions in Eastern Europe and growing interest in Jewish subjects on the part of non-Jews, paradoxically, in the near absence of Jews. New museums and memorials are part of this trend.

Some of these new museum projects are ambitious. They may be financed at a level of millions of dollars, from both private and public funds. They may be initiated and supported by local and international Jewish communities, as well as by local authorities. They often engage both local and international academics and exhibition designers. Their core exhibitions may present the full sweep of Jewish history in a given place, including the Holocaust and postwar period. They may start from a collection of objects or, in the newest and largest examples, create multimedia narrative exhibitions.

In light of these new developments, we invite submissions to this special issue on Jewish museums in post-Communist Europe that explore the place and meanings of such museums in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Moldova, East Germany, and beyond. Possible topics include:

  • Museums as agents of transformation in post-Communist societies, including their role in national narratives and civil society. What exactly constitutes a Jewish museum in post-Communist Europe? How do Jewish museums respond to the opportunities and challenges of the post-Communist period?
  • Evolution and transformation of Jewish museums that existed before and after World War II. What is their relationship to “new generation” museums and exhibitions?
  • Issues and debates regarding the relationship of the Jewish historical narrative to wider local, national, and international narratives in a museum’s exhibition. What is highlighted and what omitted? How does the exhibition deal with competing narratives? Who are the victims, the perpetrators, the heroes? Who tells the story for whom and who is in control of the narrative?
  • Relationship of Jewish museums to Holocaust history, memory, memorials, and commemoration. What does it mean to create Jewish museums, as opposed to Holocaust museums, memorials, and tolerance centers, particularly in the post-war, post-genocide, post-Communist era?
  • Issues of reception, including controversies and reactions in local Jewish communities, national and international media, and on the part of visitors and general public.
  • Jewish museums and their stakeholders – city, state, donors, Jewish communities (local, national, international), and audiences (local, Jewish, and international).
  • Poetics and politics of exhibitions – old and new approaches to exhibitions and their responsibility to those whose story they tell.
  • Collections: how they were formed, to whom the objects belong, and how museums deal with issues of provenance and restitution.
  • Museum architecture and location – site specificity, new architecture, adaptation of pre-existing buildings, with or without a connection to Jewish history.
  • Relation of Jewish museums to networks of Jewish heritage sites and routes linked to religious pilgrimage, Holocaust commemoration, and genealogical quests.

To initiate submission, please send a proposal, consisting of title, abstract, and author’s bio to the editors at and at  Proposal must be received via email no later than March 30, 2014. Approved proposals will advance to the next stage and will be expected to be submitted as completed articles in January, 2015. We encourage prospective authors to contact the editors with questions about submissions.

This special issue will also include book reviews on related subjects. Call for book reviews will be circulated separately.


Présentation originale de cet appel à contribution à retrouver sur h-net.