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Visiting Ph.D. Candidate Fellowships

Visiting Ph.D. fellowships will allow one outside Ph.D. candidate per semester, starting in Spring 2011, to visit USC for 4 weeks. After an international application process, he/she would be selected by a committee of the research cluster, based on his or her research on a subject related to the cluster topic and a small research project for the length of the stay and the use of USC resources.

The fellow would be expected to provide the cluster with fresh outside ideas, to play a role in the cluster activities and give a paper at one of the internal workshops. This would enhance the discussion on the cluster subject, foster a network of future scholars and grad students beyond USC-limits, and promote USC as place of Holocaust and Genocide studies.


2013 Fellow: Ian Zdanowicz

Political Science, Paris VIII University

Dissertation Title: Space as a Tool of Resistance and Survival: A Study of Spatial Tactics used by Jewish People during the Nazi Occupation (1939-1945) in Warsaw (in the Ghetto and on the “Aryan side”).

The main purpose of Ian's research is to make visible and analyze the spatiality of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Relying on survivor testimonies, he examines the territorial issues and Jewish spatial tactics of resistance in Warsaw during World War II (1939-1945), studying space on three main levels of analysis: urban planning, the spatial and social dimension of the street, and the space of habitat. According to Ian's hypothesis, the definition, perception and use of space changed during World War II in Warsaw. Space became fluid, convertible, and permeable.  His research in while at USC involved analyzing survivor testimonies at the Shoah Foundation Institute.



2012 Fellow: Terri Donofrio

Department of Communication (Focus: Rhetoric and Peace Studies), University of Maryland, College Park.

Dissertation Title: "From Memory to Action:" Mutability, Memory, and Agency in U.S. Mediations of Genocide Cessation Discourse. 

Terri's dissertation project is concerned with rhetorical constructions of memory and agency in the resolution of a prominent tension confronting U.S. mediations of genocide cessation discourse.  Her research while in Los Angeles focused on public genocide discourse at the Museum of Tolerance.



2011 Fellow: Atje Gercama

International Peace Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin

Dissertation title: Towards a Feminist Ethics of Peace

Atje's research analyses the exclusion from and inadequate representation of women’s experiences in war discourses. It aims to highlight the consequences of this gender bias for ethical decision-making about war and peace. The insights gained from these analyses are used to develop a feminist perspective on ethics of war.  While at USC, Atje made use of the Shoah Foundation testimonies to conduct research into women's participation in the Dutch resistance during WWII.