CfP: Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Killing Sites, Salzburg 19.-25.10.2020

Date(s) - 19/10/2020 - 25/10/2020

Universität Salzburg


24th Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps
and Killing Sites
From Centre to Periphery and Beyond

19 – 25 October 2020, Salzburg, Austria

History and concept of the workshop

The Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and
Killing Sites has been held annually since 1994. The international
conference, entirely self-organized by young scholars, provides an
interdisciplinary and collegial forum for academic exchange on the history
and memory of National Socialist camps and sites of mass murder, the Second
World War, and the Holocaust. The idea of the workshop is to create a forum
for interdisciplinary and international exchange between graduate students,
PhD candidates, young scholars and freelancers, and to give them the
possibility to present and discuss their work in a non-hierarchical,
supportive atmosphere. Accordingly, young and emerging scholars contribute
to the workshop in three ways: as speakers, as participants and as members
of the organizing team.

The 24th workshop

Every workshop is organized in a different location connected to its
respective topic. The next workshop will take place in Salzburg, Austria
(19-25 October 2020). We will focus, in part, on local NS history and
memorial sites, which are paradigmatic of the topic of the workshop –
From Centre to Periphery and Beyond.

Prior to WWII, the Jewish community in Salzburg was subject to
stigmatization, persecution and displacement for hundreds of years.
Following the so-called Anschluss of Austria in March 1938, the
discrimination reached a new high.Salzburg Jews who had the possibility to
emigrate, left behind their property and tried to build new liveselsewhere;
a few went into hiding; while others were protected by their non-Jewish
spouses. The majority of those who stayed behind, however, were forced to
move to Vienna and finally deported to NS camps.

The city of Salzburg was situated between the Dachau and Mauthausen
concentration camps – infamous sites that today are of central importance
to the historical, sociological, and political study of National Socialist
camps. From these two main camps, a characteristic net of subcamps extended
over the region – with one camp in Hallein being just a few kilometers
outside the city of Salzburg. Concentration camp inmates were also deployed
within the city boundaries. They were subjected to forced labour, including
highly dangerous jobs, such as locating and defusing bombs.

In the vicinity, Bavaria was an early stronghold of the NSDAP in the 1920s.
Along with Berlin, the Obersalzberg from 1933 onwards became the second
centre of the German government. From these locations, the NS elite
conceived of, planned, and administratively orchestrated the Second World
War and the Holocaust. Therefore, the Obersalzberg unites aspects of
periphery and centrality, while at the same time being connected to
Salzburg, which, in fact, lies within sight of the mountain.Due to its
location close to the border, Salzburg had been a hub for National
socialist propaganda even before the Anschluss and continued to fill a
central position within the National socialist state thereafter. Thus,
these places are inherently connected to the topic of the workshop. We
accordingly plan to visit Mauthausen concentration camp memorial, the
memorial in Steyr-Münichholz – which was a former subcamp of Mauthausen
– as well as the Documentation CentreObersalzberg.


Along with the local NS history, the organizers aim to bring together a
broad range of research topics in Salzburg, which touch upon the history of
national socialist camps and killing sites and their aftermaths. Applicants
are encouraged to explore aspects of centrality and/or periphery in their
research. Possible topics include killing sites, death marches and
different types of camps, as well as their functions and architecture,
relations with local populations or centres of power. New methodological
approaches are highly welcome, particularly but not exclusively, those
relating to space (spatial, material or forensic turn) and gender.

We invite MA and PhD students to apply as speakers or general participants.
We encourage students and professionals from a variety of disciplines
(history, sociology, philosophy, literature, theology, art etc.) to apply.
• Speakers who wish to present their research are requested to submit a
short CV and a one-page abstract of their proposed paper (300-500 words).
• General participant applicants should include their CV and a one-page
proposal (300-500 words) indicating the workshop’s relevance to their
research and why they want to participate.
All submissions to the workshop should be in a single PDF or Word file and
emailed directly to by 31 October 2019.
The presentations and discussions will be held in English. The
presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. After the presentations, there
will be an extensive 40-minute discussion on the topic of the paper.

The 24th international workshop will take place in cooperation with Prof.
Dr. Bertrand Perz of the Austrian Society of Contemporary History and the
Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in October
2020. We are currently applying for funding to cover the costs for the
workshop, as well as the accommodation and travel costs. We are willing to
accommodate special needs (e.g. childcare or dietary restrictions)
according to our possibilities. The conference room is wheelchair
accessible. We kindly ask all speakers and participants to attend the
entire workshop in Salzburg. Following the conference, we intend to publish
a selection of the papers presented. Acceptances will be sent out by the
end of 2019.

For further information on the workshop please consult our website:

Organizing team
Agathi Bazani (Aristotle University, Greece), Ulrike Loeffler (Friedrich
Schiller University of Jena, Germany), Robert Obermair (University of
Salzburg, Austria), Christian Schmittwilken (Institute for Contemporary
History Munich-Berlin), Maximilian Schulz (Leipzig University, Germany),
Laura Stoebener (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), Florian Zabransky
(University of Sussex, Brighton, UK), Jonathan Zisook (City University of
New York, USA)