CfP: Childhood at War and Genocide: Children’s experiences of conflict in the 20th and 21st century – Agency, Survival, Memory and Representation

International Conference on October 24-26, 2022 at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ), Munich, Germany

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Joanna Michlic, UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, IAS (UCLISA)
Yuliya von Saal, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ)
Anna Ullrich, Center for Holocaust Studies, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ)
Tobias Freimüller, Fritz Bauer Institute (FBI)

The conference is hosted by the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute of Contemporary History in cooperation with the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London.

The spectrum of possible topics is deliberately broad to allow room for newer approaches and new questions. We especially welcome papers that relate to the following four thematic blocks:

  1. The spaces of experience, agency, and survival of children and adolescents in wars and genocides.
  2. he ideological wars against children: genocidal policies and practices and other forms of persecution of children by various political governments and state agents.
  3. Similarities and differences in dealing with retrospective experiences of war and genocide. To what extent was it possible to inscribe and process what had been suffered in one's own biography? To what extent were people sensitive to traumatic experiences of their children, and if so, which ones? What other ways and means of processing (film, literature, associations) exist? To what extent do states legally punish crimes committed against children? And which crimes and charges were in the center of attention? Finally, what consequences does the treatment of childhood in wars and genocides have for today's culture of remembrance in the respective states?
  4. Sources and testimonies: Children hardly leave any sources behind. The aim is to explore which sources and methods can be used to grasp and tell the story of childhood in war. We welcome ideas about hitherto little-known and unused sources. Limitations and methodological weaknesses can and should also be discussed.

To Apply:
We are seeking proposals for 15-20 minutes presentations in English. Applicants should send the title and abstract of their presentation (max. 350 words), a short biography (max. 200 words) including contact information, institutional affiliation, and a reference to 2-3 selected publications to by 31 March 2022.
Invited participants will be notified of their acceptance in the first half of May 2022.

Further information:
Travel and accommodation costs for invited participants will be paid for by the Center for Holocaust Studies. The organisers hope that the conference will take place at the Leibniz Institute of Contemporary History, Munich, Germany. Given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, we may also consider a hybrid or online format, or the potential postponement of the conference. A decision about this will be made in due time.