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After Evil

Call for Applications

Theme: After Evil
Subtitle: The Ethical Dynamics of Addressing the Past
Type: 2018 Annual Seminar
Institution: Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Date: 18.–22.6.2018
Deadline: 12.3.2018

The Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust of the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce its annual
seminar for faculty from all disciplines. Professors of theology,
ethics, and religion at theological schools and other institutions of
advanced education are particularly invited to apply. The seminar
will take place at the USHMM in Washington, DC, from June 18-22, 2018.

Since 1945 several hundred statements addressing the moral and
ethical issues related to the Holocaust have been issued by national
and religious leaders, institutions and corporations. These
statements vary widely in language and intent: some express guilt and
apology, others can be read as justifications and self-defense, and
others are cautiously linked to official commitments to reparations
and other international agreements. Over the decades, the content and
nature of such statements changed, driven by new historical
scholarship, different political contexts, and changed public
consciousness about broader issues of prejudice and hatred.

The history of these statements — and how the ethical discourse about
the Holocaust has changed over the decades — is a provocative case
study that offers insight into the complexity of addressing other
instances of mass atrocity and genocide. This seminar will explore
these issues by examining key statements of guilt and repentance and
interrogating their impact on similar attempts to address other
pasts. Special attention will be paid to how the emerging “moral
memory” about the Holocaust shaped and intersected with
understandings of other historical events (such as slavery) and how
it has informed the growing body of scholarship about contemporary

The seminar will be co-led by Katharina von Kellenbach and Victoria
Barnett. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about
Museum resources for their teaching and to consult and interact with
Museum staff and visiting scholars. More information about the
Museum’s programs on the historical role of religion during the
Holocaust and the ways in which religious institutions, leaders, and
theologians have addressed this history and its legacy since 1945 can
be found at Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.

Candidates must be faculty members at accredited, degree-awarding
institutions in North America. Applications must include: (1) a
curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of the candidate’s specific
interest and purpose for attending the seminar; and (3) a supporting
letter from a departmental chair or dean addressing the candidate’s
qualifications and the institution’s potential interest in having
Holocaust-related courses taught.

Admission will be decided without regard to age, gender, race, creed,
or national origin. For non-local participants, the Center will (1)
reimburse the cost of direct travel to and from the participant’s
home institution and Washington, DC, up to but not exceeding the
amount of $600; and (2) cover the cost of lodging for the duration of
the course. Incidental, meal, and book expenses must be covered by
the candidates or their respective institutions. All participants
must attend the entire seminar.

Applications must be submitted per email no later than March 12,
2018, to;
please put “PERH Seminar” in the subject
line. For questions, please contact Victoria Barnett at 202-488-0469
or All applicants will be notified of the results
of the selection process by Monday, April 16, 2018.