Развитие многих направлений в современной гуманитаристике происходит не только за счет монографий и специализированных периодических изданий, но также благодаря ежегодным конференциям и семинарам, посвященным какой-то проблеме. В этом выпуске журнала “The Bridge-MOCT” мы хотим представить цикл конференций, посвященных изучению Холокоста и геноцида, который проводится в Миллерсвильском университете (Millersville University), расположенном в Штате Пенсильвания, уже в течение 32-х лет. Это мероприятие уникально не только своим долголетием, но и тем дискуссионным пространством, которое создается на конференциях и в сборниках статей, публикуемых по результатам конференций.
Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide
Millersville University has a thirty-two year tradition of hosting a conference on the Holocaust and Genocide. The conference has received national and international attention. In addition to these significant benefits for the scholars and University, the Lancaster community has embraced the conference, which has forged strong ties between the surrounding area and the University. The conference has offered a variety of cultural programs to supplement its academic core: concerts of Jewish music and poetry readings, documentaries and plays about the Holocaust and Genocide. The renowned Russian poet Evgeny Yevtushenko, the author of the poem “Babi Yar” was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Holocaust Conference.
Internationally-recognized scholars such as Professors Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University), Samuel Kassow (Trinity College), Maxim Shrayer (Boston College), David Shneer (Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder), and Lawrence Baron (San Diego State University) participated in the Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide. The conference has offered also a forum for emerging scholars to share their new research on this very important historical topic.
Many papers presented at the Millersville University conferences have been devoted to the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This is an under-researched area, because the Holocaust was a forbidden topic for research in Communist countries. With the collapse of Communism, the ban was lifted and archives now provide rich materials for researchers. So many scholars incorporate these recently opened archival materials in their research.
Each Millersville University Conference has a special theme. The 33rd Conference theme is “Resistance to the Holocaust and Genocide.” The conference will be held at Millersville University on April 2-4, 2014. Professor of Political Science and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies Zvi Gitelman from the University of Michigan will be the keynote speaker. The call for papers for the 2014 conference will be released in October at the conference website.
A hallmark of past Millersville Conferences on the Holocaust and Genocide has been their international and multi-disciplinary character. Scholars from U.S., Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Russia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Brazil have participated in the conferences with their presentations. These scholars have presented their research at the conference in many disciplines: History, Political Science, Psychology, Literature, Arts and Music. This interdisciplinary approach and application of new research methods helps improve our understanding of the Holocaust and Genocide.
Selected papers from the last two conferences will be published in the book “Memories of the Holocaust and Genocide” by the Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2014. The book is a comprehensive volume of twenty essays that are divided into seven chapters according to their theme. The articles cover the life of Jews in ghettos during the Nazi occupation, the mass murder of the Jewish population in the Soviet occupied territories and in the concentration camps, and analyzes the testimony of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Several papers are devoted to the aftermath of the Holocaust and its psychological impact on the survivors and their children, and the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in different countries. Several essays focus on the representation of the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide in film and literature. The publication of the conference proceedings will help disseminate the new research among scholars, faculty and students. The conference proceedings will raise the prestige of the conference and attract more distinguish scholars and a larger audience to the future conferences. The book should be interesting for scholars, as well as for everybody who wants to know more about Modern Jewish and European history, the Holocaust and Genocide.
Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide is sponsored by the university, Jewish organizations, and private donors. The Conference Organizational Committee is looking for new potential sponsors for the conference. If you would like to support future Millersville University conferences on the Holocaust and Genocide please contact the Director of the Conference Dr. Victoria Khiterer by email:email@example.com
Victoria Khiterer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Director of the Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide.