CFP: Beyond camps and forced labour

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Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution.
Third international multidisciplinary conference
Imperial War Museum, London
7-9 January 2009

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the two successful conferences, which took place at the Imperial War Museum in London in 2003 and 2006. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.

The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Gypsies and Slavonic people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called ‘racially impure’, and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a ‘survivor’ is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.

The organisers welcome proposals, which focus on topics and themes of the ‘life after’, ranging from the experience of liberation to the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory and consciousness, and questions of theory and methodology. We are also
interested in comparative papers that discuss the experience of victims of forced population transfers during the war and in the immediate post-war years, including the historiographical development from polemical and memoirist approaches to empirical, analytical, and critical studies.

Specific conference themes anticipated are:

• DPs in post-war Europe

• Reception and resettlement

• Survivors in Eastern Europe

• Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process

• Rescuers and liberators

• Child survivors

• Women survivors and gender issues

• Trials and justice

• Testimony and memory

• Film and photography

• Psychological approaches: trauma, amnesia, intergenerational transmission

• Educational issues

• Remembrance and memorials

• Museums and archives

The Advisory Board consists of: Dan Bar-On (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Wolfgang Benz (Technical University Berlin), Gerhard Botz (University of Vienna), Helga Embacher (University of Salzburg), Evelyn Friedlander (Hidden Legacy Foundation, London), Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union, New York), Wolfgang Jacobmeyer (University of Münster), Yosefa Loshitzky (University of East London), Hanna Ulatowska (University of Texas at Dallas), Inge Weber-Newth (London Metropolitan University).

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words together with biographical background of about 50 words by 28 February 2008 to: Johannes-Dieter Steinert, email:

All proposals are subject to a review process.

Fees: No more than GBP135 for speakers. The fee includes admission to all panels and evening events, lunches, coffees and teas. Further information and registration details will be made available in 2008.

It is intended to publish the conference proceedings. The proceedings of the first conference have been published by Secolo Verlag, Osnabrück (ISBN 3-929979-73-x). The proceedings of the second conference are in press by Secolo Verlag as well. For further information please contact or

The conference is being organised by

Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museum, London
David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London
Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck College London
Johannes-Dieter Steinert, University of Wolverhampton


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