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The Future of Holocaust Studies Event

Date:
29 - 31 July 2013
Venue:
University of Southampton and University of Winchester

For more information regarding this event, please email Hazel Patel at holocaustconf2013@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

A conference organised by University of Southampton and the University of Winchester.

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps in 2014 and 2015, the era of the living witnesses to the events of the Holocaust is drawing to a close. This conference will explore current and future trends in Holocaust studies, assessing the discipline after 70 years of historical research and its popular dissemination, and 70 years of cultural production, Holocaust education and musealisation. What is the current relationship between the Holocaust in history, memory and culture? How is this being informed and problematised by other genocides, past and present? What will be the future of Holocaust studies?

Moreover, the conference aims to debate and discuss these issues as challenges that we all face as educators and researchers, and to encourage
engagement with these provocative questions through exchange between academics and practitioners, scholars and teachers, while being aware that the questions, challenges and roles listed here often also coincide. Are the demands of the classroom reflected in the questions posed by researchers - and vice versa? How and to what extent can recent cultural approaches to the Holocaust be used by educators? What are their strengths and limitations as teaching tools?

This is a three day residential conference that will engage with these questions over a series of panels and presentations. The Keynote speakers are:

Professor Daniel Blatman - Hebrew, University of Jerusalem
Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek - Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg and former Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna
Rex Bloomstein - Writer and Filmmaker and the Director of KZ

Non-speaker registration deadline 8 July 2013
For further details and registration visit the conference website.

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