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Call for Papers: BAHS 2017 - 'Interpreting Archives'

Posted on 15/12/2016
Interpreting Archives:
British Association of Holocaust Studies Fourth Annual Conference

University of Sheffield, 25-27 July 2017

Call for Papers
This year’s conference offers scholars and educators the chance to explore new avenues of research and collaboration in relation to Holocaust Studies. Our theme draws on a very wide definition of the archive, referring to collections and repositories of an official or unofficial kind, artefactual or virtual, personal or institutional. The archive in this sense encompasses ideas and theories, cultural practice, music, art, literature, television and film, private correspondence, documentary and museum collections, books, relics, landscapes, photographs, artefacts and other phenomena.
All conferences of the British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS) are inter- and cross-disciplinary, bringing together an international body of academics, teachers and practitioners, including those working in museums and at memorial sites.

Keynote speakers:

Michael Berkowitz, University College London, ‘Jewish Self-presentation between Normalcy and Crisis: Alternative Photographic Genres of the Holocaust and Beyond’

Shirli Gilbert, University of Southampton, ‘Personal Archives and Public Histories’

Bob Moore, University of Sheffield, ‘Contextualising Holocaust Diaries: Arnold Douwes and Anne Frank'

The conference will include a musical performance from ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’, as well as a panel discussion on the International Tracing Service at the National Holocaust Centre at Laxton in Nottinghamshire.

Abstracts: We invite abstracts from individuals working in any relevant field of inquiry, for 20-minute papers, or for posters displaying research, to be sent by 28 February 2017 to this address: bahs17sheffield.ac.uk

Your abstract should be around 250 words and include a line of biography. Please state whether you are offering a paper or a poster.

We will confirm acceptances by 30 March 2017, on which date registration will open.

Topics might include:
  • effects of the increasing accessibility of archives (from the opening of the ‘Eastern bloc’ in the 1990s to digitisation)
  • archiving testimony: approaches necessary as there are fewer living survivors
  • descendants of survivors and others as archives
  • course/module syllabuses as archives
  • use of archives for education
  • literary, fictional and other texts as archives
  • other ways of representing archives (such as ‘data visualisation’, performance, mapping, biography, big data)

Please send abstracts or queries to: bahs17sheffield.ac.uk.


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