Call for Participants

22nd Workshop in Budapest: Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production

Place: Budapest, Hungary

Date: October 17 – October 22, 2017

Organizing team: Janine Fubel (Berlin, Germany), Christoph Gollasch (Berlin, Germany), Katja Grosse-Sommer (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Borbála Klacsmann (Szeged/Budapest, Hungary), Olga Kulinchenko (Voronezh, Russian Federation), Denisa Nestakova (Bratislava, Slovakia), Mareike Otters (Oberhausen, Germany)

Deadline for applications: 15 April, 2017

Since 1994, the “Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites” has been organized annually by and for university graduates. The workshop addresses young scholars interested in presenting their research projects as well as in connecting and sharing ideas. It provides space for academic discussions, for raising questions, addressing problems and giving advice for respective research projects. The workshop intends to support international and interdisciplinary research by promoting a dialogue between early-career researchers. A distinctive feature of the workshop is its principle of self-organization. Students and graduates can take part in the workshops in three different forms: as speakers, as participants and as members of the organizing team. The workshops are held at locations related to the topic of National Socialist camps and mass extermination sites. In October 2017, the 22nd Workshop will take place in Budapest, Hungary and deal with the topic “Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production”.

The aim of the upcoming workshop is to discuss the different facets of camps and extermination sites in relation to the topic “Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production”. A variety of concentration camps and extermination sites were installed not only within the German “Reich”, but also beyond its borders in the occupied territories and in countries, which collaborated with Nazi Germany in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as in Hungary. During the workshop in Budapest, participants will visit a number of monuments and places of commemoration, providing the opportunity to get to know and to discuss clashing historical narratives. Using the example of Hungary as a starting point, these discussions will more generally reflect on how different societies commemorate Holocaust sites, as well as examining how historical knowledge is generated and disseminated through practices of memory.

Presentations will be held on the following topics:

–      cultures and politics of commemoration related to camps and extermination sites

politicization and instrumentalization of memory; collective memory; transnational/national/local and individual narratives and identities; post-war trials; compensation and reparation; multi-directional memory

–      social practices of memory related to camps and extermination sites

perceptions of actors; ethics of memory; (mis)treatment of victims and survivors; competition of victimhood; marginalized groups (Roma and Sinti, political prisoners, homosexuals, forced labourers, Jehovah`s Witnesses, “anti-socials”, victims of sexualized violence); (dis)continuity of discrimination; silenced/lost memory; tabooization; gender and memory

–      sites, sources, and media of memory camps and extermination sites

memorials, museums, arts; historical sites of atrocity; new dimensions of testimonies; oral history; education; trauma



Applicants (MA- and PhD-candidates) are requested to send in a short CV and explanation of motivation (max. 200 words) for participating in the workshop with the topic of this year: Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production. We welcome university graduates who have not yet received their PhD from a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, philosophy, literature, theology, art etc.) and other professionals working on the topic to apply.

Applications should be sent to by 15 April 2017. The organizing team will send out acceptances in early May, 2017.

We are currently applying for funding to cover the costs of the conference, as well as the costs of accommodation and travel expenses.