call for papers – book on the third generation…

by tobybee

I’m part of a group of people who are co-editing a book on the experiences of the third generation – the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. We’re looking for both academic texts and personal reflections, and I thought some of the readers of this blog might be interested in contributing and/or might know some others who would be interested. Here’s the call for papers – feel free to send it around to others as well!


Call for Papers: Forthcoming Book

In the Shadows of the Shadows of the Holocaust: Narratives of the Third Generation

The body of literature which focuses on the children of Jewish Holocaust survivors – the second generation – is extensive. From scholarly work that deals with questions of trauma and its transmission across generations, to literary and creative works that reflect the experiences of growing up carrying the burden of their parents’ trauma, much has been written on how children of survivors relate to their parents’ experiences.

Much less consideration, however, has been given to the next generation, and the impact that memories of the Holocaust have had on the survivors’ grandchildren.

This book will explore the experiences of the third generation – the grandchildren of Jewish Holocaust survivors – who will play an important role in carrying the mantle of Holocaust memory to future generations.

Questions we are interested in addressing include, but are not limited to:
–    In what ways are these ‘shadows’ cast?

–    Can these memories be characterised, or understood, as examples of postmemory or multidirectional memory?

–    How are the narratives of the third generation gendered?

–    What is the role of place in these narratives?

–    What is the relationship between the testimonies of survivors and the stories which the third generation remember?

–    What do these narratives have to say about Jewish identities?

–    How are these histories used to create stories of resistance and solidarity?

–    How do the stories which we were told by our grandparents and parents influence the ways in which we interact with others in the world?

–    What silences, absences, and gaps are there in our understandings of our personal, familial, and community histories?

–    In what ways have memories of the Holocaust influenced the ways that we conceptualise our sexual identities and practices?

–    In what ways have public representations of the Holocaust interacted with family memories to shape understandings of the past?

We welcome both scholarly contributions (6000-8000 words) and personal narratives (2000- 3000 words) – autobiographical, literary or creative – from grandchildren of Holocaust survivors that reflect the vast range of experiences of the third generation. We invite submissions from around the world, and we encourage a broad understanding of what it means to be a grandchild of Jewish Holocaust survivors.
Please send expressions of interest, including an abstract (500 words) and a short autobiographical note (200 words) as a Word Document attachment to by 30th April 2012.

Dr Esther Jilovsky, Dr Jordy Silverstein, Dr David Slucki