Center Will Cohost Lessons & Legacies 2024



The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research will cohost the 17th biennial Lessons & Legacies conference, which will take place at Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California from November 14 to November 17, 2024.

Organized and sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEFNU) in partnership with host universities, the biennial Lessons & Legacies of the Holocaust Conference (popularly known as Lessons & Legacies) is the premier international scholarly gathering in Holocaust Studies.

In 2006, when Lessons & Legacies took place at Claremont McKenna College once before, the Center staff had a space at the conference to consult with scholars about the VHA and invited attendees to USC for half-day hands-on informational workshops about the archive. In 2024, the Center will be welcoming hundreds of junior and senior scholars to USC, including some of the world’s foremost Holocaust specialists.

Call for Papers:
Lessons & Legacies 2024: Languages of the Holocaust
14-17 November 2024
Claremont and Los Angeles, California

The Seventeenth Biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference, sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, and hosted by Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California, invites proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and seminars. This conference will focus on languages of the Holocaust and its history, representation, and memory. We aim to bring together scholars working in different languages, disciplines, discourses, and methodologies for intellectual exchange.

We encourage proposals that interpret the theme “languages of the Holocaust” from a wide range of vantage points and disciplines. The conference theme refers both to the specific languages in which people have spoken and written—during and about—the Holocaust, as well as the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in a wide range of discourses (documentary, archival, testimonial, judicial, academic, artistic, non-verbal, photographic). We are interested in proposals that explore different phases of the vast and ever-expanding range of postwar discourses by survivors and their descendants, scholars, artists, filmmakers, journalists, and so forth. Further, we invite proposals that take up issues of translation in both its literal and figurative meanings in the field of Holocaust Studies.

Deadline for submissions is December 4, 2023.

View the full Call for Papers here.