The Holocaust is a crucial chapter in European history and a central issue in the contemporary European politics of memory. Studying the Holocaust is a common European intellectual duty.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a cross-disciplinary field of scholarly inquiry for historians, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists and sociologists. As an academic field, it stretches beyond the events of the Second World War to encompass questions of human rights and discrimination of minorities contributing directly to both domestic and foreign policy formation.
This Helsinki Summer School course introduces students to the field of international Holocaust and Genocide Studies, hosting respected senior scholars such as Wichert ten Have and Conny Kristel from the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and foresinc scientist Helena Ranta from the University of Helsinki. The course also gives an excellant opportunity for advanced students' and junior researchers' to discuss their own fields of interest.
Excursion: The Holocaust in the Baltic Area.
While Finland remained largely outside the area where Nazi atrocities were put into effect during the Second World War, the Holocaust did unfold in territories very close to Finland and in areas of age-old Finnish links and interests. The summer school programme therefore includes an excursion into the Baltic region to raise the students' awareness of nearby areas for comparison. Additional fee: €90
Successful completion of the course requires active attendance and participation in the workshops. For 6 ECTS, the students are also expected to write a 10-12 page essay. For 10 ECTS students must submit an extensive 20-25 page essay. The essays should be submitted by 22 September at the latest.
The course leaders (Dr Malte Gasche, Dr Simo Muir and Dr Oula Silvennoinen) have previously co-operated with the Dutch-Nordic Network for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in launching systematic research into Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Finland. They have recently initiated co-operation between the Department of World Cultures and the Centre for Nordic Studies and the Dutch-Nordic Network for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris.
Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the Coordinator, Mr. Malte Gasche, malte.gasche(at)helsinki.fi.
Any questions concerning the general arrangements (accommodation, scholarship, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)helsinki.fi
This course is desinged for historians, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists as well as sociologists who have completed at least two years of University studies.
The application period for the Helsinki Summer School will start in the beginning of the year 2014.
University of Helsinki, City Center Campus
The closest accommodation option is Eurohostel, 15 min. from the course location on foot.
The Holocaust in the Baltic Area.