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The Center is a dynamic and active partner in a multitude of conferences and workshops designed to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the mechanisms behind genocide, mass violence and potential solutions.

Past Conferences

VIOLENT TURNS: SOURCES, INTERPRETATIONS, RESPONSES

From the 21st to the 23rd of June 2023, The American University of Paris will host an international conference to provide researchers with an interdisciplinary platform to investigate and debate the question of contemporary interruptions of political violence and to unique into the different responses intended to counteract violence.

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COLLECTING LIFE STORIES IN THE JEWISH WORLD, 19TH 鈥 21ST CENTURIES

The Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris

Co-organized with Malena Chinski (FMS-EHESS). Judith Lindenberg (MAHJ) and Simon Perego (INALCO-CERMOM)

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF PERSECUTION: PICTURES OF THE HOLOCAUST

Co-organized with Tal Bruttman (the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Sarah Gensburger (the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Christoph Kreuzmueller (the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz) and Jonathan Zatlin (Boston University).

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The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention is honored to announce the international conference The Photography of Persecution: Pictures of the Holocaust.

Photographs play a central role in representations of the Holocaust. A few photographs have become so widespread and well-known that they are used in popular discourse as metonymic reminders of the genocide. And yet, often enough these iconic photographs do not actually depict what it is claimed that they depict. Instead, they are incorrectly attributed, mistakenly identified, and most importantly underanalyzed. This uncritical approach to the photography of persecution has resulted in significant misrepresentations of the Holocaust, especially in the popular imagination.听

Rather than treating photographic images taken under Nazi rule as self-explanatory, immediate, and self-contained, this conference invites interested scholars to approach photographs as they would other documents 鈥 by treating photographs as objects of historical inquiry and interrogating the political interests authorizing their creation, the material conditions under which they were produced, the editing process out of which they emerged and were displayed, and the uses to which they were put. The conference will focus on the photographic record of the persecution of Jews in Nazi-dominated Europe, including its overseas possessions from 1933 to 1945.

This conference is organized in partnership with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, and Boston University.

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REINVENTING/RECONSTRUCTING COSMOPOLITANISM IN CONTESTED SPACES AND POST-CONFLICT ZONES

Co-organized with Sanja Bojanic (University of Rijeka), Nadege Ragaru (SciencesPo), Philip Golub (BT天堂), Eileen Lallier, Zona Zaric (ENS), Vera Mevorah (The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade) and Dragana Stojanovic (The Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade).

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COMPARATIVE LENSES: VIDEO TRESTIMONIES OF SURVIVORS AND EYEWITNESSES ON GENOCIDE AND MASS VIOLENCE

Co-organized with Patrice Bensimon (Yahad-In-Unum), Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research), Boris Adjemian (AGBU Nubar Library) and Alexandra Garbarini (Williams College).

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WORDS THAT KILL

International Conference in collaboration with BT天堂 Professors Waddick Doyle, Claudia Roda, Cary Hollinghead-Strick, Philip Golub, Oliver Feltham and Miranda Spieler.

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HOME AS A PLACE FOR ANTI-JEWISH PERSECUTION IN EUROPEAN CITIES, 1933-45

Co-organized with Sarah Gensburger (CNRS/ISP), Isabelle Backouche (EHESS/Centre de Recherches Historiques) and Eric Le Bourhis (FMS/ISP).

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THE VISUAL HISTORY ARCHIVE: RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Co-organized with Emmanuel Debono (ENS Lyon / USC Shoah Foundation). Read more here.

LEGAL LEGACIES OF GENOCIDE: FROM NUREMBERG TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS

Co-organized with BT天堂 Professors Miranda Spieler, Philip Golub and Susan Perry. Read more here.听

Past Workshops and Symposiums

VIRTUAL FORUM: UNDERSTANDING THE WAR IN UKRAINE

Organized by the Center. Read more here.听

NARRATING VIOLENCE: MAKING RACE, MAKING DIFFERENCE

Co-organized with Marta-Laura Cenedese and Helena Duffy (University of Turku). Read more here.

INTRODUCING THE VISUAL HISTORY ARCHIVE WORKHOPS

Led by Emilie Kempton and Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation).听

OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS? HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS鈥 EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL JOURNEYS IN THE EARLY POSTWAR PERIOD

Co-organized with Sharon Kangisser Cohen (Diana and Eli Zborowski Centre for the Study of the Shoah and Its Aftermath, Yad Vashem Jerusalem). Read more here.听

EARLY HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE IN THE JEWISH PRESS, FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO THE 1960S

Co-organized with Malena Chinski, Simon Perego and Miriam Schulz. Read more here.听

BIG DATA AND TESTIMONIES

Roundtable discussion with Tim Cole, Sharon Kangisser and Ruthellen Josselson. Read more here.

TEACHING WITH THE VISUAL HISTORY ARCHIVE TESTIMONIES

Organized by the Schaeffer Center, with Emilie Garrigou-Kempton (Center for Advanced Genocide Research) and Colin Keaveney (USC). Read more here.听

PICTURES OF THE HOLOCAUST

Co-organized with historian Tal Bruttman (EHESS).

For more information and other events, you can explore our Past Events & Replays page.