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Genealogies of Memory

Call for Papers

Theme: Genealogies of Memory
Subtitle: The Holocaust between Global and Local Perspectives
Type: 10th Genealogies of Memory Conference
Institution: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)
  Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
  Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
  Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin
Location: Warsaw (Poland)
Date: 25.–27.11.2020
Deadline: 31.5.2020

We are welcoming submissions for the 10th conference within the
Genealogies of Memory series: The Holocaust between Local and Global
Perspectives, which will take place in Warsaw, 25-27 November 2020.

The aim of the conference is to assess the current state of Holocaust
memory research. The context for this is, on the one hand, the
globalisation and universalisation of the meaning of the Holocaust
and, on the other, the more recently postulated empirical turn in
Holocaust (memory) studies, towards primary texts and sources as well
as local spaces and materialities (e.g. forensic studies,
environmental Holocaust studies), or the use of a grounded research
perspective with regard to Holocaust memory and education.

We want to discuss the interplay between the universal (global,
transnational) scale of Holocaust memory and that anchored in the
endemic space and culture of historical experience (local, ethnic,
national). We are interested in the influences between the diverse
mnemonic scales, including both mutual inspiration and conceptual
misuses: thus the question of the ontological and ethical limits of
mnemonic universalisation, on the one hand, and of micro
contextualisation of memories on the other.

We invite scholars of various disciplines to reflect on these issues
based on their research of social and cultural memories in various
dimensions: from linguistic and textual, through institutional,
political, psychological, up to material, spatial and technological.
We propose the following blocks of discussion, but other proposals
are welcome as well:

- Theoretical concepts and approaches:
Interconnections between national, transnational and global
frameworks of Holocaust memory studies; a critical history focusing
on the globalisation process of Holocaust Memory Studies, e.g.
reconciliation and conflict in memory politics, global values and
local sites of genocide;

- Local historiographies and global challenges:
National and local traditions of history writing, their narrative and
thematic structures, and methodologies applied; the impact of
international knowledge transfer; the phenomenon of Holocaust denial
in contemporary societies;

- Languages:
Significance of endemic languages of Holocaust victims (also in the
context of contemporary Holocaust Studies methodology), language
stratification according to various social backgrounds of language
practitioners; different genres of sources, including testimony, and
the challenge of, or misuse by, globalisation;

- Memory landscapes:
National and local (non-)sites of traumatic memory and their
discursive environments; socio-spatial forms and practices of
remembering and oblivion; troubled histories and competitive
victimhoods in local memory landscapes;

- Materialities of memory:
Localisation of the Holocaust, including ghettos, by studying
material remains, the (im)possibility of globalisation of local
material legacies; local collections – practices of archiving and
musealisation aiming at preserving and presenting the artefacts of
the Holocaust;

- New media and technologies:
Their role in documenting, archiving and commemorating local
histories related to the Holocaust; transmission of knowledge about
local legacies to global communities;

- Memory institutions and agents:
The global meets the local transnational institutions in conjunction
with local initiatives; local communities’ reception of, and
involvement into, transnational actions; the impact of international
institutional memory policies at national level;

- Tourism:
The ethics and aesthetics of dark tourism and heritage routes;

Organisational information

We encourage applicants to send abstracts at a maximum of 350 words,
together with a brief biographical statement and the scan of signed
“Consent Clause of the conference abstract provider” by 31 May 2020:

The results will be announced by 30 June 2020.

Written draft papers (2,000- 2,500 words) should be submitted by 15
October 2020.

The conference is planned to be held in Warsaw, on 25-27 November

We assume that it will be possible to organise the conference at this
date and venue. However, taking into account the changing
circumstances, we are also aware of the fact that it may be affected
by the current coronavirus pandemic. For these reasons, please follow
our ENRS website ( and Facebook profile, where we will inform
you of any new decisions regarding the situation.

The conference language is English.

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)

Partner institutions:
- Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
- Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin


European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS)
Zielna 37
00-108 Warsaw