Call for papers: The Holocaust in Southeastern Europe

Deadline: 28 November 2014
Open to: scholars from all disciplines working on the Holocaust  in the Southeastern tier of Europe
Venue: 25-26 May 2015 in Bucharest, Romania


The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies invite applications for an interdisciplinary regional conference on the “Holocaust in Southeastern Europe”, which will be held May 25–26, 2015 in Bucharest. The conference seeks to stimulate discussion and debate on current research on the Holocaust, and to foster interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation among scholars of the topic in the region. It will highlight new research in such areas as atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves; the radicalization of local politics during Nazi occupation; forced and slave labor; the dynamics of complicity and collaboration; everyday life on the front and under occupation; plunder, robbery, and expropriation; refugees and displaced persons; understudied victims; gender; the cultural politics of representation and commemoration in the aftermath; contemporary Holocaust revisionism and denial, and manifestations of antisemitic and anti-Romani prejudice; and communities and identities forged around the experiences of war and genocide.


The conference is open to scholars from all disciplines working on the Holocaust in the Southeastern tier of Europe. The organizers particularly encourage proposals that address Romania and Ukraine in comparative perspective, as well as applications that consider the specificity of the Bulgarian and Hungarian cases. Proposals from scholars working on these topics who reside in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine are especially welcome.


The conference organizers will provide accommodation for the duration of the conference and a stipend to defray transportation and expenses for conference participants. Any necessary visas will be the responsibility of the conference participant. A limited number of junior scholar stipends will also be available to partially defray costs for graduate students and junior scholars from post-communist countries to attend the conference.


To propose a paper for this conference, please send a cover letter addressing your specific interests in the study and teaching of the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe; your curriculum vitae; and an abstract of no more than 500 words for your proposed paper in a single Word document to Krista Hegburg at:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 28 November, 2014.

To apply for a junior scholar travel stipend, please submit a curriculum vitae that indicates your current academic affiliation; a statement of interest of not more than 750 words addressing your specific interest in attending the conference, background in the area of study, and how attendance will benefit the candidate’s research, teaching, or future publications; and  a supporting letter from an academic adviser that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and research as well as his/her potential as a scholar to Krista Hegburg  at:

The deadline to apply for the junior scholar travel stipends is 12 December, 2014.

For further information please see the official call.

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