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>Dear Colleagues: > >The Graduate Students at the Ohio State University Department of Germanic >Languages and Literatures would like to announce the following Call for >Papers. We would appreciate it if you could forward this Call for Papers >to graduate students in your department and other interested departments. >If you know of an appropriate electronic bulletin board we also ask that >you add the following link to our WWW-Announcement: >http://www.germanic.ohio-state.edu/GradConference/ >Thank you for your help and consideration, >Graduate Student Conference Planning Committee >Ohio State University Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures >CALL FOR PAPERS >(RE)presenting the Holocaust: >An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Colloquium for Graduate Students >February 15-16, 1998 >Holocaust, Shoah, Khurbn . . . More than a half century after the end of >the Nazi regime, the world continues to be haunted by the events called to >mind by these various designations. The present generation of young >scholars, however, has no direct connection with the Holocaust. The actual >perpetrators, victims, eye-witnesses, and participants are becoming an >increasingly smaller portion of the population. In addition, new literature >on the Holocaust is being written from the perspective of authors with >considerable temporal distance from the events. The tasks for the younger >generation in dealing with the Holocaust clearly differ from those of >previous times. Our graduate student workshop and colloquium is dedicated >to exploring the ways in which the current younger generation is coming to >terms with the past. >Endless questions abound in contemporary discourse on the Holocaust: To >which extent is language inadequate in expressing the atrocities of the >Nazi era? How should we respond to skeptics who view the Holocaust as a >mere hoax, or to those revisionists who claim that reports of the events >have been stretched to hyperbolic proportions? Which socio-political and >geographical factors were involved in the persecution not only of Jews, but >also of other groups such as the Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, and the >mentally and physically handicapped? These and numerous other queries must >be thoroughly considered and reconsidered from the perspectives of >post-World War II generations. In accordance with this premise, the >Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State >University invites interested graduate students from all disciplines to >submit papers for our upcoming forum. >Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to the following: > representation of the Holocaust in literature, visual arts, music and > film >. language and the Holocaust >. survivors' memoirs and autobiographies >. the legacy of the Holocaust and the question of changing perspective >. gender and the Holocaust >. Nazi propaganda >. Vergangenheitsbewaltigung >. Historikerstreit >. mapping the Holocaust > >The first evening of the conference will be in workshop format. > Participants will be asked to share materials which might be appropriate >in teaching students about the Holocaust at the undergraduate level. We >will have what promises to be an enlightening panel discussion with faculty >members who have experience in this area of instruction. >Papers should be no longer than 15 to 20 minutes when presented. Abstracts >of approximately two to four pages should be submitted by December 5, 1997 >to: Jennifer William, Graduate Student Conference Planning Committee, > Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 314 Cunz Hall of >Languages, 1841 Millikin Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1229.