The “Workshop on The History and Memory of the National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites” has been organized annually since 1994 by and for university graduates working on topics related to the history and memory of National Socialist camps and mass extermination sites. The workshop is addressed to scholars interested in presenting new research projects and connecting with other researchers in this field. It provides space for academic discussion, for questions, problems, and words of advice for theses, including those in progress. The workshop intends to support international and interdisciplinary research and to enable dialogue between different countries and disciplines. The main particularity of the workshop is the principle of selforganization, which explains why there is no institution behind it. Students can take part in the workshop three times: as a speaker, a participant and as a member of the organizing team. This year, the organizing team decided to expand the title of the workshop from “The History and Memory of National Socialist Concentration Camps” to “The History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites” because recurring discussions at the workshop have shown that it is fruitful to include graduates that are not only researching concentration camps but also other forms of National Socialist camps and extermination sites.
“Between Resistance and Collaboration” in Aix-en-Provence
The aim of the upcoming workshop is to discuss the different facets of camps and extermination sites in relation to the topic “Between Collaboration and Resistance”. A variety of these places were installed not only within the German “Reich”, but also beyond its borders in the occupied territories and in countries, which collaborated with Nazi Germany in Eastern and Western Europe. The complex spectrum of actions of all groups within this terror system – such as perpetrators, victims, and bystanders – deserves further research.
Presentations will be held on the following topics:
- various forms of collaboration with National Socialism related to the topic of camps and mass extermination sites,
- various forms of resistance related to the topic of camps and extermination sites,
- the role of complicity, bystanders and persecuted,
- scopes of action in forced labor,
- commemoration and memorials
The location Aix-en-Provence will serve as a springboard to discuss the topic. Aix-en-Provence was under the authority of the French Vichy-Regime, which collaborated with National Socialist Germany. One example of this collaboration was the internment camp of Les Milles near Aix-en-Provence, that later also served as a transit camp to Auschwitz. This camp clearly shows the complex and tense relationship between those in power and those subject to authority, as well as the spectrum of actions ranging from collaboration to resistance: Multiple forms of resistance within the camp, attitudes of the local population and what individuals perceived as their personal opportunities for agency within this frame. Besides lectures there will be two excursions to locations reflecting the regional and national politics of memory, such as the memorial in Les Milles.
Applicants (MA- and PhD-candidates) are requested to send in a short CV and explanation of motivation (max. 200 words) for participating in the workshop. We welcome university graduates from a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, philosophy, literature, theology, art etc.) and other profesionals working on the topic to apply. Th epresentations and discussions will be held in English. The organization team will send out acceptances in January 2016.
We are currently applying for funding to cover the costs of the conference, as well as the costs of accommodation and travel expenses.
For more information on the Workshop, see: http://workshopnscampsandexterminationsites.com
May 24th until May 30th 2016
Anne-Lise Bobeldijk (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Juliette Constantin (Ulm/Tübingen, Germany and Aix-en-Provence, France), Karoline Georg (Brussels, Belgium and Berlin, Germany), Tanja Kinzel (Berlin, Germany),Verena Meier (Heidelberg, Germany), Paula Oppermann (Berlin, Germany).