Open Invitation to the EHRI Academic Conference: Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age

Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age. What’s New?
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Location: Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Duration: 9.30-18.00
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Holocaust studies: academic and public

Holocaust Studies is a dynamic multidisciplinary research field that is dedicated to the Holocaust itself but also includes aspects of the post-Holocaust world such as memory, human rights, Jewish life or international relations. At the same time, the research field has a manifest public dimension. To examine these diverse and intertwined dimensions, EHRI organizes two conferences in July 2019. This conference Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age is an expert meeting, dealing with academic topics, and will cater to a professional audience working in related fields, while Holocaust Studies and its Social Setting on 3 July in Pakhuis de Zwijger explores the impact of academic research on society at large. This conference also marks the conclusion of the second phase of the EHRI project (for more information, visit the conference webpage).

Digital transformation

In recent years digital practices have had a profound effect on Holocaust Studies. From its start in 2010 the European Holocaust Research infrastructure (EHRI) has not only been stimulating, but also monitoring and studying this development (in e.g. conferences and workshops). Against this backdrop the upcoming conference Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age, What’s New?, organized by EHRI and the NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will explore how digital technology influences contemporary Holocaust research in its broadest sense. Is the research field undergoing a digital transition that profoundly changes its nature? We will take stock of the contemporary effects of the ‘digital turn’ by discussing three interrelated themes:

Digital representations as research tools

Digital collaboration in Holocaust Studies

Remembrance as an obligation in the digital age

By connecting these three topics, we aim to explore new directions, challenges and opportunities for Holocaust research in the digital age. Each theme will be introduced by a keynote speaker. To elaborate on these topics, nine scholars in the field have been selected to present their research. At the end of each session, the audience is invited to discuss the topics with the speakers.  You are invited to join us in Amsterdam at our venue Stedelijk Museum on 2 July 2019. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory.

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