Call for Papers: “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, The Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison”

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 5:00pm

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life invite proposals for their 2018 International Conference “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison” that is being organized in cooperation with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.

This conference, which convenes 80 years after the violent pogrom of 1938 against the Jews in Nazi Germany, aims to gather the most recent scholarship on the event itself. Conference presenters will explore the variety of responses to Kristallnacht within Germany, and in other parts of the world, as well as analyze comparisons of violent pogroms in world history. Thus, the conference shall help to situate this anti-Jewish pogrom in its close historical context, as well as in its place in world history.

Submissions on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • New research on the pogrom, for example on its organization, violence and the impact on Jews and non-Jews in Germany and beyond 

  • New research on trials against pogrom perpetrators during the Third Reich and after 1945 

  • New research on the responses to the pogrom, for example Jewish reactions to 
Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany as well as Jewish and non-Jewish responses in the United 
States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia 

  • Comparative analyses, for example on the Nazi pogrom and other anti-Jewish pogroms in 
Europe before, during and after the Second World War; on pogroms and race riots against Jews and other minorities in other parts of the world; and on state sponsored pogroms vs. locally instigated pogroms 

We welcome proposals for single paper presentations and for theme-specific panels comprising no more than three papers.

Please send a CV and a one-page abstract of the proposed paper, or an abstract of the proposed panel plus an abstract of each paper on the proposed panel by 15 August 2017 to both:

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research:

USC Casden Institute:

Travel support will be available. Please include your travel request with your abstract.

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