Center Newsletters

We began February with a lecture by two of our 2017 USC summer research fellows, who discussed their research findings and experiences working with the Visual History Archive (VHA). We ended the month with a lecture by esteemed international law scholar Philippe Sands. The lecture was organized in collaboration with the Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic and cosponsored by many campus partners.

Happy New Year! With the start of the year we kicked off our Spring 2018 semester programming and activities. 

December has been a lively month as we have been finalizing the composition of our 2018 international conference "New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison." I have also been traveling to give workshops on the Visual History Archive (VHA) and to present my most recent award-winning book on the persecution of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, as well as my current project on individual Jewish defiance and protest. You can read more about my recent travels below. 

With the end of the semester behind us, I am excited to update you on the myriad of recent activities at the Center. November was a lively month, filled with lectures by our fellows and visiting scholars, a conference in Virginia about Holocaust testimonies, which the Center cosponsored, and astounding turnout for another event the Center cosponsored, to name a few highlights. 

After months of planning, preparation, and anticipation, the Center held its international conference "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies" in October. The conference that brought together digital humanities and genocide studies for the first time was cosponsored by the USC Digital Humanities Program. It is always an exciting experience to gather together scholars and foster discussions and debates around topics of vital importance in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. This year's conference was no exception.

This month we have been hard at work preparing for our upcoming international conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies”, which is co-sponsored by the USC Digital Humanities Program. In just a few weeks, scholars will be gathering to discuss and debate the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches. We hope you join us.

As the new academic year gets underway, the Center has experienced one of our most active months ever, during which we welcomed teaching fellows, research fellows, visiting scholars, a collaborative interdisciplinary research team, and a visiting lecturer.

In July, our outreach efforts intensified as we brought the Visual History Archive (VHA) to Australia and the UK. The convening of the thirteenth meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia was a perfect opportunity for Center Research Program Officer Martha Stroud and myself to meet many international scholars and graduate students and share with them the research potential of the VHA.

Now that the academic year is over, the Center staff is making the most of the summertime and working hard to intensify our outreach efforts. Last month, Research Program Officer Martha Stroud and I have travelled to the UK, Germany, and Italy to present our research and promote the use of the Visual History Archive (VHA) with scholars. Each trip provides an opportunity to share the tremendous potential of the VHA and we are thrilled by the enthusiasm we encounter everywhere. Read more about our research and our outreach efforts below.

The end of the academic year has been a busy time at the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Over the last month, we continued to host visiting scholars and to organize lectures showcasing some of the innovative research currently being done using USC Shoah Foundation testimonies. This month, we were particularly delighted to welcome our 2017 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence, Brown University Professor Omer Bartov who gave a lecture about his research on the East Galician town of Buczacz (see below). 

April, Genocide Awareness Month, is always busy at the Center, and this year was no exception. The month was full of events and lectures, and we continued our work providing Visual History Archive (VHA) introductions to classes at USC and to visiting scholars. The Center’s 2016 USC summer research fellows presented on various topics related to research projects they conducted using the VHA while in residence at the Center last summer. We also hosted a lecture by our 2016-2017 Center Research Fellow Alexander Korb (University of Leicester).

March at the Center was packed with talks, travel, and meetings with researchers and scholars. The Center’s Greenberg Research Fellow, Katja Schatte (PhD Candidate at University of Washington, Seattle), concluded her residency at the Center by giving a lecture on pre and post-reunification Jewish life in East Berlin from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Near the end of the month, the Center welcomed the 2016-2017 Center for Advanced Genocide Research Fellow, Alexander Korb (University of Leicester).

February was a lively month at the Center as our research fellows continued their work, we held a public lecture, and continued our outreach on the USC campus and beyond.

The Center started the new year by welcoming a number of fellows who are incorporating testimonies from the Visual History Archive into their research and teaching. Texas A&M A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellow Tommy Curry visited the Center in order to prepare for introducing testimonies to his class on the criminalization and death of Black males. He plans to analyze sexual violence against men and boys during genocide in comparison to accounts of sexual violence against men and boys during slavery and Jim Crow.

It’s the end of another exciting and eventful year with lectures, conferences, visiting researchers, fellows, and international outreach. In this newsletter, we review this year’s highlights and accomplishments, providing links to articles and videos that will allow you to read and see more about the Center’s successful work in 2016.