08 May 2017
“Awarness – Responsibility – Future” – call for papers for the International Education Conference on Auschwitz and the Holocaust
The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will hold an expert conference on education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust from 4-5 July 2017.
The conference will be part of commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Now we begin the call for papers.
The conference will address several topics:
• Auschwitz Message – Particularism Versus Universalism
• Modern Representations and Reception of Auschwitz
• Witnesses of History as Memory Depositaries
• Carriers of Memory – Material Records and New Technologies
• Visits at the Memorial Sites as Exceptional Educational Experience
• Shoah – Challenge for the Future
The conference agenda will include panel discussions, workshops and presentations of the results of recent studies and examples of best practices. Debates will be held at various places within the Auschwitz Memorial Site. The language of the conference is Polish and English.
Recruitment on the conference has been completed!
The draft programme is available here.
Accomodation in doble rooms as well as board is covered by the organizers. Travel and insurance costs are not covered.
IDEA OF THE CONFERENCE
The knowledge that was given to us by Witnesses obliges us to launch a debate on challenges in education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust that we face at present and will be facing in the future. The Conference will be attended by prominent intellectuals as well as representatives of the memorial sites and museums from all over the world who encourage reflection on the present state and importance of historical education at memorial sites. The program encompasses presentations including the results of the most recent research and good practice.
The 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in July 2017 will be an inspiration not only for the evaluation of the current educational activity, but also an attempt to reflect on the message of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, its timeliness and significance for the contemporary generations. It is therefore worth undertaking a critical review of the methodological guidelines and practice in education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust as well as posing a question how it will be developed and implemented in the future.
The international debate is an opportunity to emphasize the role of Auschwitz and other museums and memorial sites play in shaping the historical awareness of the young generation and adults to disseminate the knowledge, promote the attitudes of social responsibility and prevent the crime of genocide.