2018 Conference Schedule

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

April 19-21, 2018



Thursday, April 19                                                                              

8:30        Registration Opens

9:15        Conference Opening (Elyce Rae Helford, MTSU)

9:30-10:30 Panel 1: Gender, Film, and the Holocaust

Chair: Gina Logue, MTSU

Rape and the Jewish Girl in the 1978 Television Miniseries Holocaust: The Invisible Incident // Sonja Hedgepeth, Middle Tennessee State University

Sexuality, Prostitution and Sexual Assaults: the Representation of Holocaust Survivors in Israeli Fiction Films // Liat Steir-Livny, The Open University and Sapir Academic College, Israel

11:00-12:15 Panel 2: Women and Genocide in Guatemala

 Chair: Lisa Swart, MTSU

The Images Speak: Gender and Genocide Memorialization in Guatemala // JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Ella McIntire, Texas A&M University at Galveston

 Guatemalan Women’s Voices and Roles in the Post-Genocidal Remembrance and Memorialization Process // Martha Galvan-Mandujano, University of Oklahoma

12:30     Luncheon

1:30        Conference Welcome (Karen Petersen, Dean, MTSU College of Liberal Arts)

1:45-2:45 FEATURED SPEAKER: Darfur: Africa's Longest-Running Genocide and Why We Failed to End It – Niemat Ahmadi, Darfur Women Action Group

3:00-4:15 Panel 3: Marking Memory

Chair: Elyce Rae Helford, MTSU 

Between History and Memory: Fascism, the Holocaust and the Commemorative Landscape of Bolzano and Trieste // Elysa McConnell, University of Ottawa

The Auschwitz Tattoo: Inked into Memory // Donna Gosbee, Southern Methodist University

Carved in Stone: Forging Memory into Space (co-authored with Thais Kuperman Lancman) // Nir Rotem, University of Minnesota

4:30-5:45 Panel 4: Gender, Sex, and Genocide

Chair: Andrei Korobkov, MTSU 

Sexual Economy and the Role of Sexual Barter in the Holocaust: Analyzed through the Lens of Jewish Women in Partisan Groups, in Hiding and Passing as Aryan // Hana Green, University of Haifa, Israel

The Other Male Perspective: Homosexual Prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau // Elizabeth Bryant, Houston Community College

Hearing the Silenced: Sexualized Atrocities of Women and Girls during the 1904-1908 Ovaherero and Nama Genocides and the Legacies of Resistance and Survival // Beth E. Lilach, Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, and Kavemuii Murangi, Ovaherero/Mbanderu and Nama Genocides Institute

6:00        Dinner

7:15-8:15 FEATURED SPEAKER: The Persistence of the Past: How Violence and Genocide in Ottoman Turkey Affect Our World Today – Ronald G. Suny, University of Michigan

Friday, April 20                                                                              

7:45        Registration opens

8:15-9:15 Panel 5: Reading Genocide

Chair: Kristine McCusker, MTSU        

The Limits in the Emplotment of the Holocaust: Political Implications of a Historiographical Uniqueness // Theodoros Pelekanidis, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

What’s a Nice Communist Girl Doing at a Baptism?: Liminality and Water in Charlotte Delbo’s Auschwitz and After // Kael Moffat, Saint Martin’s University

9:30-10:45 Panel 6: Archives and Historiography

Chair: James Hamby, MTSU

“There is no racial politics without archives, without archivists”: German Archivists and the Holocaust // Natasha Margulis, Arkansas State University

“Capturing” and Archiving Holocaust and Genocide Documents in the Twenty‐First Century // Donna Baker, Middle Tennessee State University

Emotional Silences in the Holocaust by Bullets: Implications and Future Research // Benjamin R. Nestor, Marquette University

11:00-12:15 Panel 7: 1938: Morality Challenged

1938 and the Evian Conference: False Hopes and False Havens // Paul R. Bartrop, Florida Gulf Coast University

1938 and the Vatican: The ‘Hidden Encyclical’ of Pius XI and the Silence of the Archives //  Michael Dickerman, Stockton University

Kristallnacht 1938/2018 // Steven Leonard Jacobs, University of Alabama

12:30     Luncheon

1:30-2:45 Panel 8: Generational Impacts of the Holocaust

Chair: Karen Petersen, MTSU

A Rendezvous of Shadows: Grandchildren of Holocaust Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders and Heroes Encounter Each Other in the Former Warsaw Ghetto // Michael M. Gans, University of Haifa, Israel

Trauma Relived, Processed, Memorialized: Postmemory in the Works of Anna Frajlich and Other Second Generation Holocaust Survivors // Alice-Catherine Carls, University of Tennessee, Martin

3:00-5:00 FEATURED SESSION: Rescued: Child Survivors of the Holocaust

Chair: Nancy E. Rupprecht, MTSU

FEATURED LECTURE: Britain’s Rescue of Children After 1938 -- Gerhard L. Weinberg, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Esther Rosenfeld Starobin, Survivor and USHMM Volunteer, Silver Spring, MD

Gerhard L. Weinberg, Survivor and Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Saturday, April 21                                                                               

8:30        Registration opens

8:50-9:45 Panel 10: Teaching the Holocaust

Chair: James V. Holton, MTSU

Their Voices Will Still be Heard: Teaching Holocaust Narratives in the 21st Century // Deborah Lee Prescott, Palm Beach Atlantic University

The Value of Visual Art in Holocaust Education // Mackenzie Lake, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

10:00-10:55 Panel 11: Laying the Groundwork for Genocide

Chair: Andrei Korobkov, MTSU

The Nazi Search for Shambala: From Paradise Myth to Genocide // Vera Jakoby, McDaniel College

Conscription, Gendercide, and Genocide: Correlations of Policy Overlaps // Chris Harrison, Northern Arizona University

11:00     Brunch

12:00-12:55 Panel 12: Occupation Experiences

Chair: Beverly Bragg, Independent Scholar

The Volksdeutsche of the Soviet Union under Nazi Occupation, 1941-1944 // Christoph Schiessl, University of Missouri – St. Louis

In Vilna, Everything Weeps: An Analysis of the City in 1941 // Mallory Needleman, University of Haifa, Israel

1:10-2:05 Panel 13: Borders and Boundaries

Chair: Laura White, MTSU

“For the Homeland Ready:” Why Holocaust Memory Plays a Crucial Role in Serb-Croat Relations // Alexandra Zaremba, Duquesne University

Growing Up with Genocide: Coming of Age during the 1947 Partition in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India // Poushali Bhadury, Middle Tennessee State University


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