>From: Andrea Hammel <[log in to unmask]>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>Kindertransport Research Workshop: Narratives, Archives and Educational
>An interdisciplinary workshop organised by the Centre for German-Jewish
>Studies to be held at the University of Sussex on 11 and 12 June 2003
>The Centre for German-Jewish Studies, supported by a grant from the
>British Academy, is undertaking a two-year pilot study entitled 'The
>Kindertransport Children: Identity, Adaptation and Trauma', focusing on
>the construction of identity as a fluid process of continuous
>interaction between past and present, aspiration and memory. The primary
>sources are the personal documents and autobiographical narratives
>produced by Kindertransport children. To encourage cooperation with
>other researchers in this field, the Centre is organising a workshop to
>explore the interrelationship between authorship, autobiographical
>materials, educational and archival strategies, and academic analysis.
>Offers of further papers are invited on the following themes and
>Narrative and Methodological Questions: How do we devise a specific
>methodology for the study of these texts? How far can we integrate our
>study of autobiographical narratives by Kindertransportees with
>contemporary autobiographical theory? How helpful are comparisions with
>memoirs by child survivors of the Holocaust, or indeed by members of
>other groups of child refugees? A further question is the relationship
>between 'fact' and 'fiction', highlighted by W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz.
>Educational Resources: In the last ten years Kindertransport narratives
>have been used as a resource in Holocaust education. Has this been a
>successful educational strategy? What are the advantages and
>disadvantages using such texts? What role do visits by eyewitnesses and
>authors of texts play in these educational situations? Has the response
>in German schools been significantly different from that in Britain?
>Archival Strategy: The compilation of a database listing existing
>autobiographical resources forms part of the Centre's pilot study. What
>use is currently being made of these collections, particularly the
>papers deposited at the Wiener Library? What further measures are needed
>in order to preserve this heritage and encourage research?
>The workshop will include an Open Forum to encourage discussion between
>researchers and members of the Kindertransport generation.
>To facilitate the exchange of ideas about work-in-progress, papers
>should not exceed twenty minutes. Please send a synopsis of your
>proposal (maximum 500 words) by 15 April 2003 to Andrea Hammel, Research
>Coordinator for the Kindertransport Project, Centre for German-Jewish
>Studies, University of Sussex Library, Brighton BN1 9QL
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