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Ergebnisanzeige "Racial Science in Hitler’s ’New Europe’"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelRacial Science in Hitler’s ’New Europe’
BeschreibungInternational Conference
Racial Science in Hitler’s ’New Europe’

Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities

Oslo, Norway, October 16-17, 2009

Call for Papers
The Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL-senteret) is announcing a call for papers for an international scholarly conference, Racial Science in Hitler’s ‘New Europe’. The conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, on October 16-17, 2009.
A significant body of literature has been published on Nazi racial pseudo-science and the role it had played in justifying the policy of mass murder. By examining research conducted in Germany in such disciplines as anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, and medicine, scholars have identified major elements and themes that had contributed to Nazi racial theory. Much less is known how these theories were received and interpreted on a local level. Scientists in the occupied countries of Europe, or even in neutral countries, had an uneasy relationship with the dogmatic views imposed from Berlin. While some non-German scholars grudgingly subscribed to the Nazi theories of human evolution to advance their careers, others seized the opportunity to promote the nationalist agenda, which would ensure their respective countries a worthy place in Hitler’s ‘New Europe’.
The conference will explore the relationship between Nazi racial pseudo-science and its local variances in the occupied countries of Europe. It will seek the connection between scholarly pursuits and national identity. It will further examine how foundation myths and scientific research in combination contributed to nation-building under the conditions of German occupation. Applicants are encouraged to submit paper proposals discussing anthropological, ethnographic, and archaeological research in the countries of Western and Eastern Europe during the Second World War. A comparative and/or regional perspective is particularly welcome. Proposals are welcome from scholars in all relevant disciplines, including advanced PhD students.
The organizers may be able to provide free accommodation in Oslo for the duration of the conference.

The proposal should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a one-page abstract. Please send your proposal as an email attachment to Anton Weiss-Wendt at:, and Jorunn S. Fure at:

The deadline for applications is January 5, 2009. Participants will be selected and notified by February 2, 2009. The organizers are planning to publish the conference proceedings as a separate volume. Successful applicants will be requested to submit a footnoted version of their paper (in English) in advance.

HL-senteret (est. 2001) is a research institution dedicated to the study of religious minorities, the Holocaust, and other genocides. The Center is located in the former residence of Vidkun Quisling and features a permanent exhibition on history of racism, anti-Semitism, and Nazi mass murder, as well as a video installation on genocide & human rights. The HL-senteret is building upon the success of a conference on Himmler’s Ahnenerbe that it has organized jointly with the University of Oslo in March 2007.
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PersonName: Jorunn S. Fure, Anton Weiss-Wendt 
Funktion: Kontakt 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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