Call for Proposals: CJHPS will co-host the Future of Holocaust Testimonies conference

The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University, is announcing the fifth international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on "The Future of Holocaust Testimonies" to be held March 11–13, 2019 in Akko, Israel.  

Survivors and their testimonies have been central to Holocaust research and memorial culture, but as fewer and fewer survivors remain, there is a need to consider how and in what forms Holocaust scholarship and the memory of the Holocaust will continue. One critical focus will certainly be the legacy that survivors leave behind in the forms of written, audio and video testimonies, as well as in the transmission of their testimony to their children and grandchildren, who have their own stories to tell, as well as to researchers. In addition, those who are not survivors or their descendants seem destined to play an increased role in the transmission of the history and memory of the Holocaust.

The conference welcomes proposals for papers on any aspect of the future of Holocaust testimonies including, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • methodological and theoretical issues
  • “Holocaust testimony”—renewed analysis of conceptualization and meaning of the term
  • limitations and boundaries in the use of Holocaust testimonies
  • testimonies and historical context
  • testimony classification and categorization by profession, occupation, age, gender, place and time
  • re-reading and reinterpreting early testimonies
  • multiple testimonies by one and the same survivor
  • second- and third-generation testimonies
  • history, memory and testimony
  • post-memory
  • intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience
  • how to remember what we did not experience
  • the role of video-testimony in the future
  • film as testimony
  • the responsibilities of the scholar of the Holocaust

Scholarly work on survivor testimony is done today in many academic disciplines including history, literary analysis, linguistics, cultural criticism, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and sociology. The rich and varied corpus of testimonies requires the collaborative efforts of researchers across disciplines to enable us to hear the voices of survivors articulated through their testimonies.

The aim for the conference is to contribute both to Holocaust research and to public discourse. Therefore, one day of the conference will be open to the public and two days will be for researchers only. The conference will be conducted in English. During the day for the public, presentations and discussions will be held in English and Hebrew with simultaneous translation.

 Please send a one-page proposal and a short CV to: Doctoral candidates, please add a letter of recommendation from your advisor.

 Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Aug. 5, 2018


For further inquiries, please contact a member of the Steering Committee:

Dr. Boaz Cohen, chair,   

Dr. Miriam Offer,
Holocaust Studies Program, Western Galilee College, Akko

Dr. Wolf Gruner,

Dr. Martha Stroud,
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles

Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan,
Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, North Carolina

Dr. Rosemary Horowitz,
Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, North Carolina


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Published: Jun 29, 2018 10:06am