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NCGS ‘Challenging Conversations’ Series Roundtable – ‘Historikerstreit 2.0’: The German Debate about the Holocaust, Colonialism & Genocide

October 21 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Over the past two decades, scholars, among them many historians, have been debating the relationships among the Holocaust, colonialism, and other genocides. In May 2021, Dirk Moses, then UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History, injected renewed energy into these debates with the publication of his article “The German Catechism” in Geschichte der Gegenwart in May 2021. The media response to this article first inside and later also outside of Germany ranged from polemical rejection to nuanced support. Some observers even called this debate the “Historikerstreit 2.0.” More than a year later, this roundtable with American and German experts will take stock of the debate and reflect on intentions, positions, and possible conclusions we can draw from it.

The facilitators for this conversation are:

Dirk Moses (Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations at the City College of New York, CUNY, Department of Political Sciences)

Alon Confino (Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies & Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Director and Professor, Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin and Co-Director of the Selma-Stern-Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg)

Zoé Samudzi (Research and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design)For the URL please contact the NCGS graduate assistants Kevin Hoeper or Madeline James and ask them to be added the NCGS list serve.For more information, please visit the NCGS website and see the attached flier.