Call for Applications EHRI Seminar in Poland | Microhistories of the Holocaust

micro histories
Tuesday, 9 May, 2023

Methodology, sources, challenges, impact

18-22 September 2023 | Polish Center for Holocaust Research in cooperation with Center for Jewish Research, University of Lodz, Poland | Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2023

We would like to invite those working in the field of Holocaust research and documentation to submit their application for the international EHRI Seminar "Microhistories of the Holocaust – methodology, sources, challenges, impact" to be held by the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Research at the University of Lodz, 18-22 September 2023.

The Seminar is organized within the framework of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project, supported by the European Commission.

The Seminar will combine two topics: methodology of microhistory in Holocaust studies as well as the transmission of knowledge from researchers to educators, memory projects and the general public. We want to discuss the methodological challenges relating to the Holocaust microhistory research and approaches to sources, including ways to use different materials, not only in traditional research but also combined with digital humanities tools.

Additionally we want to focus on relations between researchers and the wider public – how history influences the local communities in various ways and how to ‘translate’ research findings into common knowledge.

The discussions and presentations will be supplemented by on-site tours in Lodz and Chelmno.

The Seminar is especially addressed to graduate and postgraduate scholars from a variety of disciplines and will be a unique opportunity to share experiences, discuss challenges in Holocaust research and enhance future cooperation.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Microhistory research in the field of the Holocaust in Poland 
  • Problems with sources, research and interpretations
  • Unknown and unused sources as a research base
  • Different approaches to the topic – documents, oral history, archeology, media studies
  • From research to dissemination– how to use materials for a wider public?
  • How history impacts local communities?

Practical information

The deadline for applications is 31st of May 2023. Incomplete applications and late applications will not be considered. 

Organizers will cover participants accommodation and travel costs.

An application package consists of:

  • A completed application form 
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • Motivation of reasons for attending this seminar (maximum 1 page)

Please submit the application package in one .pdf file to:

Selected participants will be informed by e-mail by the 15 of June 2023.

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