UPCOMING REGIONAL INSTITUTES
(see Past Regional Institutes)
Call for Application: “Spaces and Places of the Holocaust”
HEFNU Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization
Tempe, Arizona April 1-3, 2022
Application Deadline: Friday, January 7 2022, 5pm PST
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEFNU) is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Arizona State University (ASU).
This Regional Institute explores numerous spaces and places of the Holocaust, from sites of persecution and murder to sites of memory, such as camps, ravines, frontiers, and other landscapes of violence. It also explore online spaces - those used for Holocaust education and for dissemination of antisemitism and other hate.
ASU is a center for comparative genocide and a leader in online teaching. Regional Institute Fellows will gain familiarity with debates on online Holocaust education and pedagogy, the Holocaust and comparative genocide, survivor testimony, reconciliation, migration and displacement, and memory of space and place. This institute will be especially helpful to Fellows looking to develop online courses on and pedagogy for the Holocaust, in-cluding comparative themes, approaches, and perspectives.
That ASU is located in the US Southwest and home to Southwest Borderlands Initiative (SWBI), the Institute will explore topics of frontiers, expansion, and borderlands in the Nazi East and the American West. Partici-pants will discuss ways in which Nazi notions of expansion invoked images of “Manifest Destiny” and settler-colonial expansion, including techniques and patterns of destroying Indigenous peoples and communities.
“Spaces and Places of the Holocaust” faculty and topics include:
• Volker Benkert, “Holocaust and Film”
• Jason Bruner and Timothy Langille, “Comparative Genocide”
• Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, “Jewish Displacement and Migrations After WWII”
• Jacob Flaws, “Sensory Witnessing at Treblinka: Charting Spaces of Smell, Sight, and Sound”
• Bjorn Krondorfer, “Unsettling Empathy”
• Natalie Lozinski-Veach, “Memory across Borders: Transnational Holocaust Literature”
ASU is a leader in online education and pedagogy. The Institute will take place while ASU hosts Yahad-In Unum’s “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibition in March and April 2022 and will immediately precede ASU’s first Genocide Awareness Week in April 2022.
Higher education faculty and graduate students who have attended a HEFNU Summer Institute or who have previously taught courses on any aspect of the Nazi Holocaust or Jewish civilization are encouraged to apply to become Regional Institute Fellows, particularly those who live and work in the Southwest United States (Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico) and Mexico. A fellowship includes the cost of tuition, room, and board during the Institute. Fellowships do not cover travel expenses to and from Tempe or the cost of assigned materials.
The 2022 Regional Institute will be held from April 1-3, 2022.
Applications should include:
1) a cover letter indicating your interest and intent to teach classes related to the topic,
2) your CV,
3) a sample syllabus of Holocaust or Jewish Civilization courses that you have previously taught, and
4) for graduate students, a letter of recommendation.
Send materials in a single pdf to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 7 2022, 5pm PST
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University will host the second Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization in Durham, North Carolina on December 3-5, 2021, with the support of Wake Forest University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
There has been significant work in the past decades on postwar memory and memorialization as a crucial component of Holocaust Studies. Whether discussing the role of the trials of perpetrators, the reestablishment of Jewish communities in the diaspora, the rise in memorialization and other cultural representations of the Holocaust, or the explosive impact after 1993 of survivor oral testimonies for Holocaust research, it is clear that the postwar historical moment is an inextricable complement to the horrific pre-1945 history of the Holocaust. This HEF Regional Institute will build on these broad trends by engaging in depth with one particular period of postwar memory and memorialization – the end of the war to the Auschwitz Trials (1963-65). This period on the whole has not received as much attention as the post-1965 histories; conversely, in recent years, some key work has refocused our disciplinary interests on this moment, particularly in terms of issues of memory and memorialization.
Fellows will gain a familiarity with historiographic debates related to postwar memory and memorialization (focusing on history, Jewish Studies, art history, and cultural history) but also a deep exploration into recent new work on the period that also has great relevance to the field as a whole. In addition, the institute will be especially helpful to those Fellows who are contemplating developing a post-war element to their Holocaust Studies courses.
Given the location of our Institute in the US South, the Regional Institute will also explore how the specific history of the Holocaust helps us to particularize and compare the continued controversial impact and reception of Southern slavery and segregation on our public and private lives. Through guest speakers and select readings, we will discuss historical connections between racist ideology and policies in the US and Nazi Germany (such as connections between Jim Crow and Nazi antisemitic legal policies) and parse distinctions between different manifestations of racism and moments in racist histories to identify what is specific to place, context, and peoples.
Higher education faculty and graduate students who have attended a HEF Summer Institute or who have previously taught courses on any aspect of the Nazi Holocaust or Jewish civilization are encouraged to apply to become Regional Institute Fellows, particularly those who live and work in the Southeast United States. A fellowship includes the cost of tuition, room, and board during the Institute. (Fellowships do not cover travel expenses to and from Durham or the cost of any assigned materials). Please contact Barry Trachtenberg at email@example.com with questions.
Organizers: Karen Auerbach-UNC Chapel Hill; Paul B. Jaskot-Duke University; and Barry Trachtenberg-Wake Forest University
Guest Speakers: Danielle Christmas-UNC-Chapel Hill and S. Jonathan Wiesen-University of Alabama at Birmingham
About Past Inaugural Regional Institute 2019
“Teaching the Holocaust in the Global Age”
May 10-12, 2019
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEFNU) and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity at Western Washington University, were pleased to announce the first Regional Institute for the Study of the Holocaust. The inaugural Institute was held on the campus of Western Washington University, May 10-12, 2019.
The Institute focused on new topics in the field, cutting-edge research, and pedagogical practices. Like the Summer Institute, the Regional Institute brought outstanding scholars with expertise in particular topics and practices to serve as faculty and create an environment conducive to high-level learning and discussion.
The Inaugural Regional Institute was taught by leading scholars in History, Musicology, and German Studies. Topics centered on themes related to teaching the Holocaust in the global age with a particular emphasis on the following: Antisemitism, Holocaust Education across the Curriculum, Holocaust Memorialization in Europe, Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation, the Mediterranean Jewish Experience during the Holocaust, and Queer Theory and Gender. Faculty were: Professors Sandra Alfers, Sarah Cushman, Beth Griech-Polelle, Devin Naar, Amy Wlodarski, and Sarah Zarrow.
Please visit our websites to learn more about the Holocaust Educational Foundation (HEF) at Northwestern University and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (RWI) at Western Washington University: