[MGSA-L] Fwd: FW: Summer Research Workshops at USHMM

Neni Panourgia np255 at columbia.edu
Sun Oct 30 18:54:03 PDT 2011

Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 12:25 PM 
Subject: Summer Research Workshops at USHMM 
From: Krista Hegburg, US Holocaust Memorial 
Museum [mailto:khegburg at USHMM.ORG] Sent: Mon 
10/3/2011 12:21 PM Subject:

CfA: Summer Research Workshops at USHMM The 
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for 
Advanced Holocaust Studies is accepting 
proposals from Workshop Coordinators to 
coordinate two-week research workshops at the 
Museum during the months of July and August 
of 2012. Established in 1999, the Center's 
Summer Research Workshop program provides an 
environment in which groups of scholars 
working in closely related areas of study - 
but with limited previous face-to-face 
interaction - can gather to discuss a central 
research question or issue; their research 
methodologies and findings; the major 
challenges facing their work; and potential 
future collaborative scholarly ventures. 
Workshops consist of two weeks of intensive 
discussion, culminating in a public 
presentation of the groupâ?Ts results. 
Morning sessions typically consist of 
presentations by participants on their 
particular research projects. Afternoon 
sessions are predominantly dedicated to 
in-depth discussions of the overarching 
research issues, priorities, findings, and 
conclusions, as well as some workshop-based 
research using the Museum's collections. The 
final public panel consists of presentations 
on (1) the importance of the work and the 
scholarly rationale for convening the 
workshop; (2) the issues discussed, 
approaches taken, and resources used by the 
group during the two weeks; (3) the issues 
and source materials identified by the group 
as the most significant for future work; and 
(4) the group's collective results, findings, 
and conclusions. Participants will have 
access to more than 60 million pages of 
Holocaust- related archival documentation; 
the Museum's extensive library; oral history, 
film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir 
collections; and Holocaust survivor database. 
In addition, participants have access to the 
digitized holdings of the International 
Tracing Service (ITS), which contains more 
than 100 million documents relating to 
approximately 17.5 million victims of Nazism 
who were subjected to arrest, deportation, 
murder, forced labor, slave labor, and 
displacement through the end of World War II 
and beyond. Many of these sources have not 
been examined by scholars, offering 
unprecedented opportunities to advance the 
field of Holocaust studies. A staff scholar 
from the Center with expertise relevant to 
the proposed topic will be assigned to each 
workshop. The Center will also provide 
meeting space and access to a computer, 
telephone, and photocopier. For non-local 
participants, awards include (1) a stipend to 
offset the cost of direct travel to and from 
each participant's home institution and 
Washington, D.C.; (2) lodging for the 
duration of the workshop; and (3) $500 toward 
the cost of incidental expenses, which will 
be distributed within two to four weeks of 
the workshop's conclusion. Local participants 
will receive a stipend of $200 for the two 
Coordinator(s) assume(s) responsibility for 
assembling the application package, which 
must include: 1. An eight- to ten-page, 
double-spaced proposal describing your 
research project's focus, significance, 
scope, methods, and objectives; its potential 
to contribute to and advance the field of 
Holocaust studies; the justification for 
assembling your proposed participants; any 
work you have already conducted on this 
project; and the rationale for convening the 
workshop at the Museum. 2. A list of six to 
ten potential workshop participants 
(including coordinators), roughly half of 
whom should be affiliated with North American 
institutions. Museum staff are not eligible. 
Geographic, disciplinary, and gender 
diversity is highly desirable. Only in 
exceptional circumstances may any one 
institution be represented by more than one 
scholar. Each group should contain a mix of 
doctoral candidates, junior scholars (within 
five years of obtaining their degrees), and 
tenured and senior scholars who have not had 
the opportunity to work closely with one 
another in the past. 3. A ranked list in 
order of preference of the following three 
two-week periods in which to hold the 
workshop: July 9 â?" 20, July 23 â?" August 
3, August 6 â?" 17. The proposals will be 
evaluated according to their (1) potential 
contribution to scholarship in Holocaust 
studies; (2) potential to stimulate work in a 
new direction or productive area of research; 
(3) relationship to larger themes or issues 
in Holocaust studies; (4) diversity and 
appropriateness of the proposed participants 
(e.g., institutions, countries of residence, 
areas of expertise, scholarly advancement, 
and gender); and (5) potential for new 
publications, collaborative research, or 
research endeavors directly resulting from 
the workshop. Applications for under six or 
over ten participants will not be considered. 
The selection committee may amend the roster 
of participants if the composition of the 
workshop is deemed insufficiently diverse. 
Upon acceptance of your application, a Center 
scholar will work with the Workshop 
Coordinator(s) to finalize the dates and 
participants for the workshop. All 
participants must attend the entire workshop. 
Non-U.S. citizens will be responsible for 
obtaining any visas necessary to attend. 
Applications must be postmarked or received 
electronically no later than January 27, 
2012. Selections will be announced in writing 
by March 2, 2012. Please address inquiries 
and applications to: Krista Hegburg Program 
Officer United States Holocaust Memorial 
Museum Center for Advanced Holocaust 
Studies--University Programs 100 Raoul 
Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC 20024-2126 
Phone 202.488.0459 Fax 202.479.9726 
khegburg at ushmm.org
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