Conference: The Future of Holocaust Research

APR 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


April 25, 2018: 12:00 AM




European Union Studies Center


The Future of Holocaust Research

A Conference at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Skylight Room: April 25/26, 2018
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 USA

— DAY 1, April 25th–

The History and Future of Holocaust Research
Michael Marrus, University of Toronto

Panel 1
How Did the Holocaust Happen?
The State of the Historiographical Debate

The opening panel will outline the current state of the historiographical debate on the nature and causes of the Holocaust.  We aim to include four speakers: one each from the perspectives of the US, Western Europe, Eastern or Central Europe, and Israel.  Our objective is to address specific countries and regions where possible in order to draw out cross-national variation in the understanding and interpretation of the Shoah.

Panel 2
The Politics of Holocaust Research:
Studying the Holocaust in an Era of Political Change

The second panel, aiming at four panelists, will gauge the impact of political change on Holocaust research.  For example, the demise of the Soviet regime brought about renewed scholarly interest in the Holocaust in some Eastern European countries, though not necessarily in others.  More recently, the populist wave coursing through the US and Europe have rejuvenated concern about anti-Semitism in governments and civil societies.  How do recent political changes affect the study of the Holocaust?

Panel 3
Genocides in Comparison:
Patterns of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Contemporary World

The third panel will compare contemporary patterns of violence with the Holocaust in an effort to assess differences and commonalities.  The possible “uniqueness” of the Holocaust will be weighed against other cases of mass atrocity in order to understand the nature of mass atrocities and violence.


— DAY 2, April 26th —

Panel 4
Efforts at Mitigation and Prevention:
Education, Reparations, Prosecutions, and Memory Projects

Panel 4 will focus on contemporary efforts at atrocity prevention. The goal is to analyze their varied approaches to achieving the elusive goals (“Never again”) and to assess their short-term and long-term impact in comparative perspective.

Panel 5
The Past and Future of  Holocaust Research

Panel 5 addresses the future of the Holocaust as a research area and concept.  It will touch upon varying levels of scholarship on the Holocaust in different regions (e.g., Eastern Europe as opposed to “the West”), the extent to which the Holocaust should serve as a model for research on future atrocities, and also the extent to which the Holocaust may shift from an object of study to an instrument in its own right, shaping politics beyond atrocity prevention.

Young Scholars Panel (Panel 6)

Title and theme of the panel will be determined by the concerns of the successful applications. The panel will include three-four scholars. Please click here for the Call for Proposals and more information.

Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
European Union Studies Center
Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

Fondation de la Memoire de la Shoah
Otto and Fran Walter Foundation
German Consulate, New York
Ruhr University Alliance
Museum of Jewish Heritage

Please email Dr. Patrizia Nobbe at about any questions.