With this call for papers, we invite submissions dealing with the transnational history and memory of marginalized and forgotten sites in Southeastern Europe where genocide and systematic murder took place during the Second World War. For project-related reasons, the geographical focus is on the territory of what was once called the “Independent State of Croatia”, Dalmatia, the territories of Slovenia annexed by Germany, Italy and Hungary as well as the Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian territories on the Northern Adriatic, which were under fascist Italian control from 1941 and formed the Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral when Nazi Germany took control from September 10, 1943, onwards.
This call for papers has a twofold objective: on the one hand, it is about counteracting the instrumentalization of history to legitimize ethnic-national arguments in the present day. On the other hand, our goal is to make Southeastern European sites of mass crimes in the Second World War visible as transnational sites embodying the experience of the war and as transnational, European sites of memory. We want to achieve this 1.) by focusing on marginalized and forgotten sites of mass crimes in this region, and 2.) by taking a distinct transnationally oriented empirical research approach.
The call for papers is open to applicants residing in the Member States of the European Union whether they be in the early stages of their doctoral studies or are already senior scholars. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches as well as approaches from the disciplines of history, anthropology, cultural studies, social sciences and arts.
The deadline for applications is: October 1st, 2022.
To apply, please send a short CV and an abstract of the proposed research paper (length 1,000 words) in English to Heike.Karge@geschichte.uni-regensburg.de and Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants (approx. 15) will be invited to present their research at an international conference to be held in Regensburg, Germany, in 2023, and will contribute to the English language edited volume scheduled for publication the following year.