BAHS Conference 2016 - The Presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture, c.1970 – 2015

From Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st July 2016 the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is hosting the annual British Association of Holocaust Studies (BAHS) conference.  The conference will focus on the ‘Presence of the Holocaust’ in society, politics and culture since 1970 and explore the growth and development of Holocaust history and memory over the past four decades.

The BAHS 2016 conference is organised and hosted by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education at the UCL Institute of Education, in Bloomsbury, Central London.

Proposals to contribute to the conference are welcome from practitioners and researchers working in all disciplines and fields. We welcome proposals from established and emerging researchers which engage with, and/or seek to broach any of the issues identified in our conference themes, and that relate, directly or indirectly, to the presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture in the period c.1970-2015.


How to submit a conference proposal

We anticipate that key conference strands will be:

  • Recent developments in the historiography of the Holocaust
  • The relationship between Holocaust, genocide and memory studies
  • Constructions of the Holocaust in popular culture
  • The relation of knowledge and understanding with remembrance
  • The significance of recent historical events in shaping Holocaust memory
  • The role of and contribution made by Holocaust education
  • The instrumentalisation and appropriation of the Holocaust
  • National and international Holocaust politics

These conference strands are indicative and they are by no means exhaustive. Proposals for conference contributions on additional topics and themes will also be considered.

Proposals are invited for symposiaindividual papers and workshop presentations.

  • Research Symposia will last 90 minutes and will consist of three linked papers of 20 minutes each and include a discussant.
  • Individual research papers will last 30minutes, including 10minutes of discussion and will be organised into streamed sessions of 90 minutes duration.
  • Workshop presentations will last 45 minutes and should be focused on sharing a teaching strategy or other resource in an interactive way. Workshops will be combined into joint sessions of 90 minutes duration.

Symposia, individual paper, work in progress and workshop presentation proposals should be made online by the submission deadline of the 30th March by completing the online proposal form at the link below.

Proposals will be peer reviewed.

We anticipate that abstracts should no more than 300 words in length and submitted to using the online form below.

Abstracts should address some or all of the following:

  • Context / problem field / topic addressed
  • Question/s or issues addressed
  • Methodology/data collection and analysis, where appropriate
  • Findings/conclusions/significance


Deadline for paper proposals: 30th March.

Acceptance of papers will be notified by: 15th April.

Registration for presenters is mandatory by: 15th May

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19 July 2016 - 21 July 2016