Genealogies of Memory: The Holocaust between Global and Local Perspectives

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. 


Organisational information

The conference will be organised as a series of online sessions broadcast on YouTube and Facebook, with the following schedule:

4 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session One 
5 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Two
10 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Tuesday) – Session Three 
12 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Four 
18 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session Five 19 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Six
25 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Wednesday) – Session Seven 
26 November 2020, 14:00–17:00 hrs. EET (Thursday) – Session Eight: networking + roundtable discussion

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