The Holocaust in Southeastern Europe International Conference

Deadline: 28 November 2014
Open to: scholars from selected countries who are working on Holocaust in the Southeastern tier of Europe
Venue:  25–26 May  2015, 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. The conference will be held May 25–26, 2015 in Bucharest.

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from all disciplines working on the Holocaust in the Southeastern tier of Europe to share their research with each other and the public. 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.

The conference 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 organizers particularly encourage proposals that address Romania and Ukraine in comparative perspective, as well as applications that consider the specificities of the Bulgarian and Hungarian cases.


The conference is open to scholars from all disciplines working on the Holocaust in the Southeastern tier of Europe to share their research with each other and the public.

Eligible countries are:  Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine.


The conference organizers will provide lodging 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. The Wiesel Institute can provide invitation letters for the purpose of visa applications.

Travel awards for junior scholars

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. Applicants must be advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients no more than three years beyond conferral of their degree, and must reside in one of the countries in the regions covered by this CfP. Please note that these awards are not for panelists presenting papers, but for junior scholars who wish to attend the conference as part of the audience.

More details for the Travel awards for junior scholars are available at the official webpage. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 12, 2014.


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

To propose a paper for this conference, please send the following documents to

  • a cover letter addressing your specific interests in the study and teaching of the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • an abstract of no more than 500 words for your proposed paper in a single Word document.

For more information please visit the official webpage

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