We are pleased to announce that an international conference entitled Transnational Holocaust Memory will take place on 26-27 January 2015 at the University of Leeds. Recognizing that Holocaust ‘memory’ (in the broadest sense) is increasingly shaped by transnational forces such as mass migration, global travel and tourism, economic globalization, digital media and the internet, this conference will explore the future of Holocaust memory in shifting international contexts.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Marianne Hirsch (The Generation of PostmemoryGhosts of Home, Family Frames)
  • Professor Leo Spitzer (Ghosts of Home, Hotel Bolivia)
  • Eva Hoffman (After Such Knowledge, Lost in Translation)
  • Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (A Human Being Died That Night)
  • Professor Stef Craps (Postcolonial Witnessing)
  • Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (The Judicial Imagination)
  • Professor Sue Vice (Holocaust Fiction)
  • Professor Robert Eaglestone (The Holocaust and the Postmodern)

To download the Call for Papers please click [HERE].

Registration will open shortly after the deadline for panels and proposals on 1 October 2014. The conference registration fee will be £50 and £20 for students (including postgraduates). Certain panels will be free and open to students and the public.

A small number of bursaries, up to a maximum limit of £100, will be made available to postgraduate students whose papers are accepted, as a contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation. Postgraduate students wishing to be considered for a bursary are asked to include an estimate of their travel costs in their application. In addition, postgraduate students from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York who are members of the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities will be eligible to claim costs through the Researcher Training Mobility (RTM) fund. Further details will be posted on this page once registration opens.

The conference will feature a number of public engagement events, including a play produced with a local theatre company and the launch of a public exhibition, developed in partnership with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, about Germany’s confrontation with its past. It will also include a masterclass on ‘Engaging with non-academic partners’ for postgraduates.

Alongside the conference, we are also establishing an informal network of scholars and professionals with an interest in transnational Holocaust memory. If you would like to be a member of this network with your interests and expertise listed on this website, please send a short biographical note and photograph to Dr Matthew Boswell (m.boswell@leeds.ac.uk).

For updates on the conference and the discussion of Holocaust memory more broadly, please follow us on Twitter at @TransHoloMemory.

This event is kindly supported by the Worldwide Universities Network and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.