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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. Your generous support is key to maintaining the important work of the Center, advancing the hightest quality of scholarship, programs, and educational resources.

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  • Student Opportunities

    CHGS guides and mentors undergraduate and graduate students by organizing courses and workshops, offering grants and fellowships and providing unique opportunities for interaction with leading experts in the field. To find out more click here.

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  • Professional and Educational Resources

    CHGS supports educators through interactive workshops and institutes, facilitated by leading experts of Holocaust and genocide education. CHGS's website offers a myriad of resources for teaching age appropriate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide. To learn more click here.

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  • Ukranian Scholar to give keynote as part of International Symposium (March 4-6)

    The upcoming international symposium will examine the dynamics of public remembrance in post-communist Europe as it reaches beyond the role of legal tribunals, truth commissions, official apologies, lustration and reparations and into less formal forms of memory, including museums, film and television series, and visual art.

    The highlight of the symposium is the keynote address by John-Paul Himka, Professor of History and Classics, University of Alberta. Professor Himka will discuss recent political, social and cultural developments that have facilitated a more nuanced understanding of the complexities and discontinuities in representations of the Holocaust and the role that memory plays in contemporary discussions of national identity in Eastern Europe.

    Wednesday, March 4
    Bringing the Dark Past to Light:
    The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe
    John-Paul Himka
    7:30 p.m.
    Best Buy Theater, Northrop
    Welcome: Barbara Frey (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)
    Introduction: Evelyn Davidheiser (University of Minnesota)

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    Despite the Holocaust's profound impact on the history of Eastern Europe, the communist regimes successfully repressed public discourse about and memory of this tragedy. Since the collapse of communism in 1989, however, this has changed. Professor Himka will discuss recent political, social, and cultural developments that have facilitated a more nuanced and complex understanding of the continuities and discontinuities in representations of the Holocaust and the role that memory plays in contemporary discussions of national identity in Eastern Europe.

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  • International Symposium: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe (March 4-6)

    March 4, Wednesday
    Keynote Address: "Bringing the Dark Past to Light:
    The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe"
    John-Paul Himka
    7:30 p.m.
    Best Buy Theater, Northrop
    Welcome: Barbara Frey (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)
    Introduction: Evelyn Davidheiser (University of Minnesota)

    March 5, Thursday
    Location: 1210 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis

    9:00 - 9:30 AM
    Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    CLA Dean John Coleman
    Alejandro Baer (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)

    9:30 - 11:30 AM
    Session 1: Competing Images of the Past: Stalinism vs. Nazism
    Lars Breuer (Free University of Berlin): "Victimhood in Vernacular Memory in Germany and Poland"
    Matti Jutila (University of Minnesota): "Constructing Genocidal Marxism in Post-Communist Europe"
    Respondent: Alejandro Baer (University of Minnesota)

    1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Session 2: Accounting for the Past: Truth and Justice in the former Yugoslavia
    Sarah Wagner (George Washington University): "Recognizing Srebrenica's Missing: The Sociopolitics of Forensic Intervention"
    Jelena Subotic (Georgia State University): "The Mythologizing of Communist Violence"
    Thomas C. Wolfe (University of Minnesota): "History, Truth, and Method: Comments on Forensics and Justice"
    Respondent: Barbara Frey (University of Minnesota)

    4:00 - 5:45 PM
    Session 3: The Ukraine Conflict: Contested Past, Contested Present
    An IAS "Thursdays at Four" event
    John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta): "The History behind the Regional Conflict in Ukraine"
    George O. Liber (University of Alabama - Birmingham): "The Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-2015 and the Russian Response."
    J. Brian Atwood (University of Minnesota): "The US perspective on the Regional Conflict."
    Respondent: Mary Curtin (University of Minnesota)

    March 6, Friday
    Location: 1210 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis

    9:00 - 11:00 AM
    Session 4: Law and Memory in Transition
    Ryan Moltz (University of Minnesota): "Lustration in the Former Yugoslavia"
    Adam Czarnota (IISL, Spain): "Law as Mnemosyne Married with Lethe: Quasi-judicial institutions and collective memories"
    Nadya Nedelsky (Macalester College): "The Struggle for the Memory of the Nation: Slovakia's Confrontation with its Competing Pasts"
    Respondent: Joachim Savelsberg (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)

    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Session 5: The Arts and the Politics of Representation
    Michal Kobialka (University of Minnesota): "Of Contested Pasts and Contested Presents: Tadeusz Kantor's Theatre and the Politics of Representation"
    Margarita Kompelmakher (University of Minnesota): "Universality from the Margin? Performing the Explicit Body in the Belarus Free Theater's Trash Cuisine"
    Respondent: James Dawes (Macalester College)

    Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Center for Jewish Studies, European Studies Consortium and the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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  • Violent Action and Body Knowledge: A Sociological Perspective on Torture

    "Violent Action and Body Knowledge:
    A Sociological Perspective on Torture"

    Tuesday, March 10, 4pm
    1114 Social Sciences
    CHGS Lecture, co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology and the Human Rights Program

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    Katharina Inhetveen
    Sociology Chair, Siegen University, Germany

    The lecture will explore torture, as a case of systematized violent action, using analytical instruments informed by the sociology of the body and the sociology of knowledge. The focus is on relations between torture practices and body knowledge. It is argued that the differences as well as the similarities between specific cases of torture, treated in a comparative perspective, can be better understood by taking into account not only the actual torture practices themselves, but also their interconnectedness with body knowledge and body images as socio-cultural constructions. Professor Inhetveen will discuss how violent action and body knowledge mutually influence, shape and reshape each other.

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  • World-leading expert in Holocaust Art and Nazi art plundering to speak at the Weisman

    April 14, 7pm
    (light reception to precede talk, 6:30pm)
    Yehudit Shendar
    Retired Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
    "The Insatiable Pursuit of Art: Nazi Art Looting -- Perpetrators, Victims, Provenance Researchers"
    Weisman Art Museum

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    In describing the plunder of art by the Third Reich in his book Nazi Looting, Gerald Aalders writes: "Never in history has a collection so great been amassed with so little scruple."

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