CfP: ‘The Holocaust and History: The Work and Legacy of David Cesarani’, London, 3-4 April 2017

Organised by the Holocaust Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London

Our colleague David Cesarani (1956-2015) was a leading historian of the Holocaust and of Anglo-Jewry, and a public intellectual concerned with the importance of historical understanding. The aim of this conference is to celebrate his work through presenting and debating leading and new research in these areas, and by holding a large public engagement event on recent work on the Holocaust and its legacy.

We seek proposals for 20-minute presentations on the topics that were of interest to Professor Cesarani, namely: Holocaust history and memory; Zionism and anti-Zionism; and the history of Anglo-Jewry. Specific topics might include, but are not restricted to: the unfolding of the “Final Solution”; Britain and the Holocaust; the Holocaust in Hungary; Holocaust consciousness in Britain, the US, and Europe; British attitudes towards Zionism before, during and after World War II; British Mandate Palestine; antisemitism as an intellectual tradition and political movement.

Papers should be original research and not solely assessments of Professor Cesarani’s work. Please send proposals (max. 300 words) to Imogen Dalziel, Administrator of the Holocaust Research Centre, at imogen.dalziel.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk by Friday 25 June 2016. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission by Friday 22 July 2016.

The conference will be held in central London (venue TBC), the second half of day two at the Imperial War Museum, where there will be a discussion of Professor Cesarani’s contribution to Holocaust Studies and Holocaust consciousness in Britain that will be open to the public. There is a nominal registration fee of £10. Travel bursaries may be available for PhD students and early-career scholars whose institutions cannot cover their travel to London.

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