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.
My travels brought me to Washington DC for the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, where I gave a paper and the Center also hosted a booth to introduce scholars to the VHA. Before the AJS conference, I was invited to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) for two reasons. As a newly appointed member of their academic committee, I participated in the committee's annual meeting. In addition, I had been invited by USHMM to serve as a member of the academic steering committee for the “National Summit of Higher Education Leadership.” The summit took place in the beginning of December and brought together over 60 directors of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights university centers and programs. The summit provided the opportunity to discuss resources, education, and fundraising, among other topics. The discussions at USHMM were a reminder of the significance of the Center’s cutting-edge programs and activities.
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 important work in 2017.
We are already looking forward to 2018 with great anticipation. January will bring the arrival, residency, and public lecture of the Center’s inaugural Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellow, and we have exciting announcements in store about our next Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence, our next Center Research Fellow, and our 2018 international conference.
We express our thanks for your ongoing support during the last year. We also hope you are enjoying a happy holiday season and wish you a peaceful, productive, and happy new year 2018!
Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Professor of History and Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies
At the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, Center founding director Wolf Gruner gave a lecture about his current research on individual Jewish defiance and resistance in Nazi Germany.
At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Professor Gruner participated as a newly appointed member of their academic committee at the annual meeting. During his visit, he also gave a book presentation for USHMM staff and fellows about his most recent book Die Judenverfolgung im Protektorat Böhmen/Mähren. Lokale Initiativen, zentrale Entscheidungen, jüdische Antworten 1939-1945 (Anti-Jewish Persecution in the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. Local Initiatives, Central Decisions, Jewish Responses 1939-1945).
At the annual Association for Jewish Studies conference held in Washington DC, Professor Gruner presented his research about anti-Jewish persecution in the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia.
In early December, Professor Gruner gave two workshops in New York City — at New York University and Columbia University — to introduce scholars to the relevance and power of the Visual History Archive for research and teaching. In these workshops, Professor Gruner provided a hands-on introduction to the archive’s interface and to the index, which makes testimonies searchable down to the minute. A mixture of faculty, staff, and students attended the workshops. He also had meetings with scholars and visited the Center for Jewish History in New York to discuss potential avenues for cooperation with the center's new director David Myers.
As a member of the academic steering committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Professor Gruner attended and chaired a panel at the three-day national academic leadership summit that brought together more than 60 directors of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights university centers.
At the annual Association for Jewish Studies conference held in Washington DC two weeks ago, the Center’s Senior Research Officer Martha Stroud hosted a booth to introduce conference attendees to the VHA, which is an indispensable resource for researching and teaching the global Jewish history of the 20th century. Dr. Stroud showed testimonies, answered questions, and helped scholars with research questions, providing tips and tricks on successfully navigating the archive.
Call for Applications
2018-2019 International Teaching Fellowship
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2018-2019 International Teaching Fellowship that will provide support for university and college faculty to integrate testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (VHA) into new or existing courses. This fellowship is only available to faculty at universities and colleges that subscribe to the VHA, either directly or through ProQuest. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018. For more details, click here.
Career Opportunity at the Center
Academic Relations and Outreach Officer
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is currently seeking a Senior Research Associate (Academic Relations and Outreach Officer) to join USC’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History in the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The Academic Relations and Outreach Officer will be responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and managing projects and programs geared towards reaching the academic community within USC and beyond, in order to raise the profile of the Center’s events, opportunities, and activities and to promote use of the Visual History Archive in research and teaching. The successful candidate should have excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills. They should be knowledgeable in Holocaust or Genocide Studies and possess strong leadership, organizational, project development, and coordination skills. They will be expected to conduct original research in their field of expertise.
Applications are under ongoing review so we recommend applying promptly, if interested. For more details, click here.
Our Year in Review
Conferences in 2017
"Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies," October 23-24, 2017
As the first international conference bringing the fields of digital humanities and genocide studies together, this interdisciplinary conference convened scholars from all over the world — the United States, Germany, Poland, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada -- representing a variety of disciplines, including history, geography, cinematic arts, media and communications, peace and conflict studies, design and spatial history, political science, linguistics, forensic archaeology and genocide investigation, creative writing, sociology, and digital humanities.
Read a summary of the conference here.
Watch videos of the conference sessions here.
Lectures in 2017
In addition to the public lectures given by each of our research fellows, the Center organized lectures by these scholars in 2017.
Boris Adjemian (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris) — "Armenian Genocide Survivor Testimonies." Read more here.
Christian Delage (Paris) — "The Place of the Witness." Read more here.
Lee Ann Fujii (University of Toronto) — "Everyday Forms of Resistance." Read more here.
Alexander Hinton (Rutgers University) — "Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer." Read more here.
2017 Interdisciplinary Research Week team — "Mobility, Survival, and Integration: Holocaust Survivors in Latin America." Read more here.
International Research Fellows in Residence in 2017
Omer Bartov (Brown University) — 2017 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence. Read more here.
Alexander Korb (University of Leicester, UK) — 2016-2017 Center Research Fellow. Read more here.
Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel (Utretcht University, the Netherlands) — 2017-2018 Center Research Fellow. Read more here.
Katja Schatte (University of Washington) — 2016-2017 Greenberg Research Fellow. Read more here.
Irina Rebrova (Technical University, Berlin) — 2017-2018 Greenberg Research Fellow. Read more here.
Teresa Walch (UC San Diego) — 2016-2017 Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies. Read more here.
Vanessa Belén Dorda Meneses (University of Chile) — 2017 Genocide Prevention Research Fellow. Read more here.
USC Summer Research Fellows in Residence in 2017
Noha Ayoub — Undergraduate Research Fellow. Read more here.
Griffin Williams — Undergraduate Research Fellow. Read more here.
Maria Zalewska — Graduate Research Fellow. Read more here.
Teaching Fellows in 2017
Shira Klein (Chapman University) — 2016-2017 International Teaching Fellow. Read more here.
Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University) — 2017-2018 International Teaching Fellow. Read more here.
Tommy Curry (Texas A&M University) — 2016-2017 A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellow. Read more here.
Daniel Conway (Texas A&M University) — 2017-2018 A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellow. Read more here.
Barbie Zelizer — 2017-2018 Rutman Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more here.
Visiting Researchers in 2017
Maria Rita Corticelli (International University of Erbil, Iraq). Read more here.
Julien Zarifian (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France). Read more about him in our September newsletter here.
Research Workshops in 2017
From June 25th to 29th, the Center coorganized the "Third Workshop for Advanced PhD Candidates from North American Universities and Israel who are working on the Holocaust" at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Read more about the workshop here.
In November, the Center cosponsored the "Emerging Questions in Holocaust Testimonies Research" conference at the University of Virginia. 19 international scholars gathered there to present their research and discuss how testimony continues to develop and be used in scholarly, memorial and educational contexts.
Outreach in 2017
The Center conducted outreach far and wide this year through in-depth Visual History Archive demonstrations and workshops in California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, as well as in Hungary, Germany, Australia, and back home at USC where scholars, fellows, and classes received in-depth introductions to the Visual History Archive at the Center. In addition, the Center hosted exhibits at the International Association of Genocide Scholars conference (Brisbane, Australia) and the Association for Jewish Studies conference (Washington, DC) to introduce scholars to the Visual History Archive and answer research questions. Center staff also presented about the Visual History Archive at research workshops and conferences in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Virginia. At these demonstrations, workshops, and conferences, members of the Center staff have supported scholars in discovering the wealth of material in the Visual History Archive and its relevance and power for scholars’ research and teaching across disciplines.
Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, offers his reflections after participating in three conferences about Holocaust testimony — the Center's own "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies" conference held at USC on October 23-24, 2017; "The Visual History Archive: Research Experience" conference held at the American University of Paris on October 26-27, 2017; and the "Emerging Questions in Holocaust Testimonies Research" conference held at the University of Virginia on November 5-7, 2017, which the Center co-sponsored.
Research in 2017
In addition to the Visual History Archive demonstrations and workshops at many academic institutions this year, Center founding director Wolf Gruner traveled widely to discuss his newest award-winning book, which focuses on the persecution of the Jews in Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia 1939-45, and his current research on Jewish defiance and resistance, in which testimonies serve as one of the central and most essential sources.
This year he has presented his research in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New York, and at the International Association of Genocide Scholars conference and the Association of Jewish Studies conference. In addition to traveling to present his own research, Professor Gruner traveled to China twice to visit universities and memorial museums in Shanghai and Nanjing, to deliver a keynote lecture in an international academic conference, and to investigate new opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
The Center continued fostering its relationships with other institutes and institutions by partnering with institutions on their events and ours. This year our campus partners have included the USC Digital Humanities Program, which cosponsored our annual conference, the USC School for Cinematic Arts, the USC Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USC Francophone Research & Resource Center, and the USC Center for Visual Anthropology. Other event partners included the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and STAND, a national organization devoted to creating a student network that fights genocide and mass atrocities.
More events being announced soon!
January 30, 2018 at 4pm
February 8, 2018 at 4pm
February 26, 2018 at 4pm
March 1, 2018 at 4pm
March 22, 2018 at 4pm