Call for proposals from PGRs and ECRs for public engagement event in South Africa

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Remembering Genocide in the Digital Age

A Public Event Programme at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre
5-16 September 2016

We are inviting UK-based postgraduate or early career researchers to submit proposals for a public event on the theme of Holocaust and genocide memory in the digital age that will form part of a public programme taking place at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre in September 2016. We will fund the full costs of two successful applicants joining us in South Africa for some of the programme. (The length of your stay in Johannesburg will be negotiable and is dependent on the availability of funds and the duration of the proposed event.)

The programme is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the National Holocaust Centre and Museum. Events will help audiences to reflect critically on the ways that digital culture is shaping a new era of Holocaust memory. We also welcome proposals that are focussed on other genocides and human rights abuses. Proposals may be aimed at any of a number of audiences, including (but not limited to) museum staff and volunteers; schoolchildren and teachers; the general public; filmmakers and other artists; professionals in the heritage sector; or professionals and volunteers working for charities and humanitarian relief agencies.

To apply, please submit a two-page (A4) proposal which should include:

Completed proposals plus a one-page academic CV should be emailed to Dr Elizabeth Oliver at by 5pm on 16 March 2016.

Applications will be reviewed by Dr Matthew Boswell (School of English, Leeds); Tali Nates (Director, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre) and Dr Stephen Smith (Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation). We will notify all applicants of the outcome by mid-April. Members of the project team will then work closely with the successful applicants to develop and realise their event.

The full costs of transport (including flights), accommodation and subsistence during the stay in Johannesburg will be covered for successful applicants. Funding will also cover travel to and from Leeds for meetings prior to the event in South Africa.

Informal enquiries about the event in Johannesburg, or about your application, should be made to Dr Matthew Boswell at

This event programme is funded by the AHRC and the University of Leeds as part of a project led by Dr Matthew Boswell entitled, Virtual Holocaust Memory: from Testimony to Holography.

To download a PDF of this Call for Proposals please click here.

(Image copyright Matthew Boswell, 2016)