Sources of Memory and the Holocaust:

 Contemporary Research, Challenges and Approaches

Organised by The British Association for Holocaust Studies [United Kingdom] and Research Centre for Memory Cultures [Jagiellonian University, Krakow]

We would like to invite you to participate in an international, digital workshop on contemporary academic, artistic, and theoretical approaches concerning sources of memory and the Holocaust, held across the 25th and 26th June 2020 [half days]. Although collecting sources from the Holocaust period is the basis for research, education, and commemoration, they are not always so straightforward to work with. Moreover, their use in multidisciplinary research methods invites a wider breadth of engagement, both in public and private memory discourses. In this workshop, we aim to address such issues.

We welcome a range of topics that address new ways of understanding and utilising sources of memory and the Holocaust, including written or oral testimonies, contemporary museological and digital approaches, objects and material culture, photography as well as evidentiary documents pertaining to the Holocaust and after. We aim to provide a relaxed and safe space for our participants to discuss their individual approaches, and the challenges and successes they have faced in their academic or creative approaches. As researchers it is important that we are able to share ideas and work through problematic aspects.

We encourage early post-graduate researchers to apply, as well as those working with sources in various other practices outside of academia, such as artists, curators, museum staff and filmmakers. We hope this will lead to a lively workshop, where participants and presenters can give and receive constructive feedback, and establish connections with one another for future potential collaborations.

The workshop will take place on the digital platform Zoom. Each presenter will speak for 10 minutes on their subject of choice, which in some way engages with original Holocaust sources. This will follow a standard panel format. The sessions will be open to everyone who registers.

Please, send a 200-300 word summary of your proposed presentation and a short bio to before 7th June 2020. We look forward to receiving them!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Organising Team

Sylwia Papier, Hannah Wilson and Elizabeth Kendrick