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JUSTICE AFTER ATROCITY NETWORK NEWSLETTER


Published by Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University. 
Hello and Happy Holidays! As this year comes to a close we have been reflecting back on the many shapes 2020 has taken. Regretfully, there have been many sacrifices and frustrations, and sadly, there has been loss. Our heart goes out to each person who has struggled through this year, and we offer you the collective comfort of knowing that you are not alone. Though much of this year was difficult, it also emphasized the importance of friends and family, protecting mental health, and of course, appreciating life. We hope that in 2021, you continue to embrace these realizations and enjoy each moment to the fullest. While it may be some time before the world feels normal again, there are still many wonderful moments to be had. We hope this holiday season you find some of those wonderful moments. 
Before we take a winter break to enjoy the coming new year, we wanted to direct your attention to an issue that has been made more visible than ever over the last few months. Though COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects all over the world there are certain injustices that the recent pandemic has re-illuminated. One of those is the conditions of United States immigration detention centers. While these centers are not new, the pandemic revealed inhumane conditions and policies that have reshaped the discussions of morality regarding detainment compounds. There are over 200 centers in the United States, which detain nearly half a million people each year. While the basis for these centers remains contested and controversial, reports regarding the unsafe and inhuman conditions of these centers have made national news. You can click here to read about these issues and other updates from the Detention Watch Network, an activist group located in Washington D.C. You can click here to read about a recent expose of NJ prisons, where ICE detainees are kept. You will also find additional resources below in our online exhibit. 
We also updated the other sections of this newsletter where you will find information on upcoming conferences, events, CFPs, as well as employment opportunities, and some recent publications that align with our message. As we have been for the last few months, the Network has focused on opportunities within the continental United States or those that take place virtually as to best support the community in this unprecedented time. Again, all of us from the Network wish you a happy, comforting, and safe holiday season. We hope you can find comfort in these times of uncertainty and we look forward to "meeting again"  in the new year!  


Best, 
Dennis Klein, Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHGS)
Jhestarri DePasquale, Editor in Chief, Justice After Atrocity Network Newsletter
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES 
 
"Pathways to Democracy" OAH 2021 Annual Meeting. 
In our own times, it is clear that democratic principles need to be living and to be protected, and the quest for civil and human rights never can be taken for granted. How has democratic practice informed American politics and culture, including the ways historians have written about the changing contours of democracy? How have the boundaries of full citizenship been reshaped by social movements and political transformation, at national, regional and local levels? What responsibility do we have as historians to inform public debate about democracy and citizenship in our teaching, research, publications, and exhibitions? How might we reimagine and reorganize our colleges and universities to respond to the immanent cascading crises of climate justice, for example, in participatory democratic ways? In the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, has civic engagement by historians been renewed or diminished? The 2021 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of “pathways to democracy” in our past and present. This conference will take place from April 15-18, 2021, virtually. Website for more information.

"Place and Time" 2021 NCHE Online Conference. 
Those of us who research and teach history are particularly attentive to continuity and change: continuities like 230 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the United States or changes like the gradual and compensated abolition of slavery in the British West Indies or its sudden, uncompensated demise in Haiti. As we seek to help our students make sense of the complex flows of history, we ask them to investigate the simultaneity of continuity and change, to examine chronology and periodization, to consider the complexity of progress and decline, and to identify turning points in history. This conference will take place on April 8-11, 2021 virtually. Website for more information.

"The Search for Humanity after Atrocity." Kean University, New Jersey. 
Made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Kean University will be hosting a two-week seminar from June 17-30 2021. For details and to apply, click here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein, seminar instructor, at dklein@kean.edu or 201-783-5393.
CALL FOR PAPERS 


Resilience, Resistance, Renovation, and Rebirth.
What a year? SARS CoV-2 has hit us hard and forced us into a new normal. What is this normal now in the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (or STEAM)? What has happened to your work, research, and lives that would not have happened without the interruption of the SARS CoV-2 virus? How was the pandemic a spark for innovation for that cultural change, poem, industrial design, theorem, performance, medical discovery or whatever you and your team have discovered? Looking ahead, where do you see taking this idea? None of us are the same as we were twelve months ago. Tell us about how this pandemic has shaped your ideas. It could be a response to the virus, maybe about the isolation driven by the lockdown, or some other issue brought on by the pandemic.  Proposals for panels, individual talks, and performances that address this time in quarantine as a time of inspiration, innovation, and change from all disciplines and fields of study are welcome. Proposals are due January 31, 2021. This conference will take place virtually on April 22, 23, 29, & 30 of 2021. Website for more information. 

Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: 11th Annual Graduate English Conference at Binghampton University, "Resistance and Persistance: Possibilities of (Re)Emergence."
In light of the recent civil uprising against police brutality accompanied by the Covid-19 pandemic on the global scale, we bear witness to the intersections of political and ecological emergencies that tacitly or explicitly demarcate hardening boundaries across race, class, gender, ability, and citizenship. These heightened moments of crises unequivocally expose imbalanced access to health care and racialized as well as gendered capitalistic extractivism as embedded in modern history and its production of  the“human.” Confronting the silencing, oppressing, and exploiting global regimes of capitalistic expansion, there is also a restless history of resistances that enacts itself in moments of protests, activist artworks, daily acts of expression, and especially, in persistent communities forming under duress. For this year’s conference, Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders invites voices that engage in tandem people with the planet,  resistance with persistence, and survival with revolt. This conference will take place virtually on April 24, 2021. Proposals are due February 21, 2021. Website for more information. 

Compromised Identities? Preparations and Complicity, Past and Present.
Under Nazi rule, and particularly during the Holocaust, many individual institutions and groups became complicit in processes of discrimination, exclusion, and, eventually, genocide. Yet few felt that their behavior undermined their own identity as ‘decent’ people; or, when they did register a sense of disquiet, they found means of justifying their actions to themselves and others.
Collective, state-sponsored violence has continued to occur across the world. We ask what broader insights of continuing relevance can be drawn from exploring questions around identity and involvement in collective violence under Nazi rule. We invite proposals for papers from a variety of disciplinary and comparative perspectives that promise to offer new substantive insights and/or innovative theoretical approaches to issues of complicity and perpetration, whether historical or contemporary. Applications from both established scholars and scholars at the start of their careers are welcome. The conference will be held virtually by Zoom on 6-7 May 2021 and will entail discussion of pre-circulated papers of c. 6,000 – 8,000 words in length. To allow time for careful reading prior to the conference, papers will need to be submitted for pre-circulation by 19 April 2021. Website for more information.

Racial Justice and Peace History: Is it “Different” This Time? A Proposed Special Issue of Peace & Change.
The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among others, along with the record-breaking protests have led many organizations to issue statements about their commitment to racial justice and at least some to follow up on those statements with action. This proposed special issue of Peace & Change represents one way the Peace History Society can contribute to our understanding of the present moment, encouraging and highlighting new scholarship on the relationship between peace and racial justice. Submissions are due January 31, 2021, with a maximum word count of 10,000. Website for more information. 


Contemporary Fictions of Migration and Exile: Writing Diaspora in the 21st Century. 
James Procter defines 'diaspora' as both a geographical phenomenon and a theoretical concept that stands for the physical movement of people from one area to another, and for a particular way of understanding world order and cultural representations. Literature mirrors some of the most immediate challenges that contemporary society has to face as migration has turned 'glocal'. Many characteristics that shape contemporary migratory movements depend on the destination sought, the circumstances that force them, and the links maintained with the country of origin. This special issue is interested in exploring the ways in which contemporary fiction writes about legal and illegal migration. We are looking for innovative approaches to texts that offer new literary techniques, styles, aesthetics, voices and/or themes that shed light on the critical issues that contemporary migrations represent for society in a general sense at the dawn of the 21st century. We invite authors to submit abstract proposals for the special issue before March 31, 2021. Website for more information. 

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP 
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

U.S. ICE Detention Centers E-Resources 

Click here to read a NY Times expose on conditions of Northeast ICE detention centers in the wake of COVID. 
Click here to read the ACLU's report regarding the recent pandemic and the risks within ICE detention centers. 
 
Click here to read about the ongoing court cases in Los Angeles regarding claims of abuse at county ICE detention centers. 
The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University is receiving inquires from individuals who are looking for a rewarding and affordable program. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at dklein@kean.edu or click here. To apply to the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, click here

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