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  1. Type: Publication
    Deadline: 31-08-2020
    Organiser: Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University) and Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (ASU)

    CFP: Edited Book "Rethinking Modern Jewish History and Memory through Photography"

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    Coordinator: Ofer Ashkenazi, Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
    Call for Papers for an Edited Book:
    Rethinking Modern Jewish History and Memory Through Photography
    Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University) and Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (ASU)

    As part of a broader pictorial turn in the Humanities since the 1990s, there has been an unprecedented scholarly interest in photography. Numerous recent studies in a variety of fields have considered photographs and albums—in more or less methodical ways—as exceptional types of documents, which simultaneously display reality and comment on it. Moreover, they have subjected photographs to a “postlinguisitc, postsemiotic rediscovery” (W.J.T. Mitchell) and expanded the focus to a wider visual culture and spectatorship, ranging from the gaze to practices of seeing. These studies have introduced new perceptions of photographic narratives as the foundation of shared memory (or “postmemory”) and, indeed, new histories. Scholars of Jewish studies and Jewish history have offered some of the most systematic and inventive demonstrations of photo-analysis that enriches and complicates our understanding of historical experiences and mnemonic practices. This book brings together some of the most intriguing endeavors in this field and highlights current developments, from new approaches to private narratives in family albums and the transnational circulation of photographic imagery to novel emphases in the study of Jewish migration and the use of digital collections of photographs. We seek not only to showcase and reflect on these recent achievements, but also to underscore the interrelations between works in different fields of Jewish studies and history and between different theoretical approaches to the use of photography in historical research. The book has therefore a twofold objective. First, it seeks to provide a state of the art account of the field: What are the most significant approaches to photography in Jewish studies and history to date? How have these approaches been implemented in recent scholarship? And how can they be integrated in other, new inquiries, which will underscore a diversity of aspects related to modern Jewish experiences -- often genderbased -- that include acculturation, the Shoah and anti-Jewish mass violence, and migration. Second, it introduces new studies by both established and up and coming scholars that utilize photography in novel manners to redefine the contours of Jewish history and memory in the near future. To achieve this ambitious goal, the volume would comprise a wide variety of relevant topics and categories from professional to “vernacular” photography, produced and consumed within institutional, commercial or private contexts. Likewise, the studies in our volume would consider single photographs, alongside albums and serialized collections, and would examine challenges of interpretation and narration. The variety of styles and aesthetics would be complemented by a variety of places that sheds light on the diversity of Jewish experience from across Europe to North and South America, Asia and the Middle-East since the nineteenth century. Without being fully exhaustive, the volume will cover fundamental meeting points between photography and Jewish experiences as well as major trends and potentials of this crucial field of inquiry.

    In light of these dual objectives, we welcome contributions by scholars from a variety of disciplines who work on the intersections of Jewish photography, memory and history. We invite submissions that ponder our stated objectives and questions with a more empirical or a more theoretical emphasis. Finally, we will only accept work that has not already been published elsewhere.

    The essays should engage one or more of the following research areas without being fully limited by them:

    • Jewish photography’s negotiation of:
    - Gender
    - Migration/immigration and exile
    - Jewish everyday life
    - Jewish nationalism and Zionism
    - The Jewish home
    - Jewish identity (religious, ethnic, cultural, etc.)
    • Theories and conceptualizations of Jewish photography
    • Photography and anti-Jewish mass violence, persecution, and antisemitism
    • From Jewish memories to postmemories
    • Photography in Jewish historiography
    • Jewish photographers and the history of photography
    • Jewish private and/or vernacular photography
    • Jewish philosophers and critics on photography
    • The curation of Jewish photography (including, but not limited to, its impact on Jewish memory and the narration of Jewish history in museums and memorials)
    • Jewish commercial photographers the business of photography

    Please submit an abstract of 300 words (including title) and a short, 100-word bio to both
    Ofer Ashkenazi ( and Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
    ( by August 31, 2020.

    Related date:
    June 26, 2020 to August 31, 2020
  2. Type: Publication
    Deadline: 31-12-2020

    CFP: Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network Working Paper (WP) Series

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    Coordinator: Tim Wyman-McCarthy, Sigrun Schaumburg-Müller
    The Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network is considering new work to feature in the Working Paper (WP) Series. The series editors are looking for unpublished texts that emerging scholars, practitioners and others are willing to “workshop” within our intellectual community. This is a unique format for online working papers, with opportunities for discussion and feedback. We will feature your WP on the Network website for a period of approximately two months, promoting the series on our bimonthly newsletter, blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages, encouraging members to read your paper and contribute to an online discussion. For submissions, there are no restrictions on topic, length, or citation format, though we recommend fewer than 30 pages in length and we require the use of a consistent citation method with complete references. There are no restrictions on author affiliation, training, or experience, and your WP can be a policy memo, a practice-oriented program outline, or a scholarly contribution. Copyright will remain with the author, so that posting in the WP series will not prevent you from pursuing publication with the same paper at a later time. Your paper will be archived once a new WP is posted, or if you request its removal. The discussion around your paper will remain accessible. The working paper series is an excellent opportunity to receive interdisciplinary feedback on your ideas and writing. We encourage you to send questions and Working Paper submissions to co-editors Tim Wyman-McCarthy and Sigrun Schaumburg-Müller at
  3. Type: Workshops
    Deadline: 31-03-2021
    Organiser: Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

    Call for Papers Mnemonics 2021: Memory and Migration

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    The ninth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by Aarhus University from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August 2021, at the historical Sandbjerg Manor in Southern Denmark.

    The annual Mnemonics summer school brings together junior and senior scholars in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, affording PhD students from around the world the opportunity to receive extensive feedback about their projects from distinguished memory experts and to catch up with the newest methodological and theoretical trends in memory studies. Each meeting features three keynotes and about 24 PhD student presentations followed by in-depth commentaries by senior scholars from partner institutions. Mnemonics is a great platform for learning, mentoring, and networking, and specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of the next generation of memory scholars.

    The 2021 topic will be Memory and Migration. Wars, political upheavals, global inequality, economic crises, and climate change contribute to extensive migrations. The movement of people – close to home, to neighboring countries, and around the globe – is replete with memory phenomena, opportunities, and problems. Both moving and receiving communities have interesting and often conflictual transcultural and transnational experiences as a result of migrations that set their collective memories on new trajectories. Moreover, memory factors play a decisive role in migrants’ decisions on how to plan and implement their flight or travel. At the same time, the self-perception of receiving communities, including their own memories of migratory events, influence how they respond to people crossing borders and seeking shelter and opportunity in their midst. Sometimes whole societies appear to be on the move without even having set foot in a foreign country, as happened after the end of the Cold War when the rules of everyday life changed rapidly in Eastern Europe and rendered cherished memories dysfunctional. Finally, the movement of people comprises a vast spectrum of ‘migrants’ including war refugees, workers, tourists, and exchange students, and all these activities feature relevant memory components and implications. Finally, memory is itself a migratory phenomenon crossing national and cultural borders in predictable as well as surprising patterns.

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers
    Michael Rothberg, University of California, Los Angeles

    Tanja Thomas, University of Tübingen

    Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Lund University

    Possible Topics
    Migration studies is an established field of academic research within the Humanities and Social Sciences, and migration has been identified as a key factor of “traveling memories” (Erll, 2011). But the intersection between memory studies and migration studies is still an emergent field. Volumes such as Memory and Migration (Creet and Kitzmann, 2011), History, Memory and Migration (Glynn and Kleist, 2012), and Memories on the Move (Palmberger and Tošić, 2016) stand out as broad introductions. The volume Migration, Memory and Diversity (Wilhelm, 2016) focuses specifically on Germany, while the Danish research project on “The Postmigrant Condition” has addressed a variety of art-forms that oppose current conceptions of migration and integration and searched for new ideas of citizenship beyond the nation-state (Petersen and Schramm, 2017). The Mnemonics 2021 summer school will explore further, both theoretically and through the study of particular cases, the interplay between migration and memory. It aims to expand and refine our conceptual and methodological tools for capturing this nexus by approaching our topic along three axes of inquiry:

    Memories of Migration, i.e., the memories of migrants and of their travel and home cultures, the receiving countries’ remembrance of migration processes, the (in)ability of migrants’ cultural productions to transcend national and cultural borders, and the extent to which mediatized memories of forced or voluntary human movement in one context trigger and frame the recollection of migration processes in other contexts.
    Memories for or against Migration, i.e., the way in which processes of remembering and forgetting give purpose, velocity, and direction to the movement of people, how memory and forgetting are implicated in fantasies and practices of settledness and non-migration, and the relevance of memory and forgetting for social, cultural, economic, political, and legal integration.
    Migration of Memories, i.e., the intersection, dialogue, or conflict between different memory cultures in multicultural or postmigrant societies, the traversal of cultural borderlines that brings forth a hybridization of historical legacies, the travel and circulation of narratives, images, and models of remembrance, including the way in which migration brings disparate perceptions of the past into contact which each other.
    We invite paper proposals from PhD students that contribute to any of these lines of inquiry or explore their points of intersection. We welcome contributions from across disciplines reflecting on the cultural, social, methodological, or ethical issues in this emerging field of research. Possible topics include, but are certainly not restricted to:

    How do refugees, communities, and the media remember and forget the so-called migration crisis?
    How do cultural memories influence the reception of migrants and other moving people?
    How do the politics of memory and forgetting shape migration policies and migration decisions?
    What affects and emotions inform and support the memories of migration?
    What transcultural and transnational memories develop through moving experiences?
    Do classic immigration and classic emigration countries sport specific memory regimes?
    How does memory facilitate racism, and how can memory prevent the reproduction of racism?
    What memories of migration make the most political and moral sense?
    What new memory communities develop through migration processes?
    What theoretical tools of memory studies – cosmopolitan, antagonistic, agonistic, transcultural, hybrid memories – are particularly useful to understand the interdependence of memory and migration? What new tools need to be developed?
    What happens when memories migrate?
    How and why do memories travel?
    What factors facilitate or obstruct the transcultural circulation of memories?
    The summer school will include several keynote sessions and general discussions. The main emphasis, however, is on the presentation of PhD work in progress in the form of panels of three students who each give a 15-minute talk that is based on their ongoing research while also relevant to the theme of this year’s school. In order to foster feedback and discussion, each panel will be chaired by a senior scholar who acts as respondent and kicks off the extensive Q&A. The summer school will also include a workshop on professional skills and career planning.

    Participants are expected to be able to present their work in an accessible manner to the group at large within the time allotted. They are also expected to pre-circulate their paper to the other members of their panel and to the organizers at least three weeks in advance of the school. Finally, they are expected to be in full attendance for the duration of the school.

    Practical Information
    Local Organizers
    Mnemonics 2021 will be hosted by “Uses of the Past” at Aarhus University. It is being organized by Prof. Wulf Kansteiner and Prof. Hans Lauge Hansen in collaboration with Associate Prof. Jessica Ortner (University of Copenhagen).

    All events will take place at Sandbjerg Manor. Sandbjerg Manor is located in the southernmost part of Jutland, close to the German border. We kindly advise participants traveling by plane to arrive/depart via Hamburg airport and then proceed by train to Flensburg. The organizers will provide a shuttle service from Flensburg to Sandbjerg Manor.

    Wednesday 18 August 2021, 3.00 p.m. (check-in) – Saturday 21 August 2021, 3.00 p.m. (check-out).

    The registration fee for the summer school is €150; successful applicants will be expected to pay this fee in advance (more information to follow). The fee covers tuition, single room accommodation (three nights), and all breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, and dinners.

    Financial Aid
    Memory studies is an increasingly global field, and we hope to see this reflected in the composition of the participant group. We therefore encourage doctoral students based at non-European institutions, particularly in the global South, to apply for admission to the summer school. In order to facilitate participation from the global South, the Danish Memory Studies Network offers the possibility of applying for financial aid (travel expenses and/or reduced fees), which will be awarded on the basis of merit and need. If you want to be considered for financial aid, please indicate this in your application, include a budget estimate, and disclose other sources of funding you have access to.

    Submissions are open to all doctoral students interested in memory studies. Half of the 24 available places are reserved for students affiliated with Mnemonics partner institutions.

    If you wish to be considered for a place, you should send a 300-word abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, name, and institutional affiliation), a description of your doctoral research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. 1 page) as a single Word or PDF document to mnemonics2020 [at] cas [dot] au [dot] dk.

    Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2021, 11.00 p.m. (CET). Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2021. Deadline for submission of paper drafts: 31 July 2021.

    Please write to mnemonics2020 [at] cas [dot] au [dot] dk.

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    Brownlie, S. (2019) Discourses of Memory and Refugees: Exploring Facets. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Creet, J. and Kitzmann, A. (Eds.) (2011) Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
    Erll, A. (2011) “Travelling Memory,” Parallax 17: 4-18.
    Glynn I and Kleist J.O. (Eds.) (2012) History, Memory and Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Hansen, H. L. (2020) “On Agonistic Narratives of Migration”, International Journal of Cultural Studies (online first)
    Kansteiner, W. (2019) “Migration, Racism and Memory,” Memory Studies 12/6, 611-616.
    Palmberger, M. and Tošić, J. (Eds.) (2016) Memories on the Move. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Pedersen A.R. and Schramm M. (2017) “(Post-)Migration in the Age of Globalisation: New Challenges to Imagination and Representation,” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture 9, 1-12.
    Rothberg, M. (2014) “Multidirectional Memory in Migratory Settings”. In: Transnational Memory. Rigney & De Cesari (Eds.), Berlin: DeGruyter, 123-145.
    Thomas, T., Kruse, M., and Stehling, M. (2019) Media and Participation in Post-Migrant Societies. London: Rowman and Littlefield.
    Wilhelm, C. (2016) Migration, Memory, and Diversity. New York: Berghahn.