Please join us on Monday 1 June at 8pm for a Online Webinar with a panel of experts on “The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries Into the Presence and Absence of Men."
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An acclaimed panel of experts will discuss what can be learned when applying a consciously gendered approach to the historical, social ,and political realities of genocide.
Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. His field of expertise is religion, gender, and culture, and (post-) Holocaust and reconciliation studies. His scholarship helped to define the field of Critical Men’s Studies in Religions. In 2007-08, he was guest professor at the Institute of Theology and the History of Religion at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, and he held the status of visiting Faculty Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He received a Senior Research Fellowship at the Research Institute CLUE+ (in affiliation with Faculty of Theology) at the Vrije University in Amsterdam (2016/2017) and he is the recipient of the Norton Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievements. He has been invited to speak, present his research, and facilitate intercultural seminars in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel & Palestine, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Publications include Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020); The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men (SUNY 2020); Reconciliation in Global Context: Why it is Needed and How it Works (SUNY, 2018); Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (Stanford UP, 2010); Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (London, SCM, 2009); Men’s Bodies, Men’s Gods (New York UP, 1996); Remembrance and Reconciliation (Yale UP, 1995); and Body and Bible (Trinity Press, 1992). He guest-edited four journal issues: Strangers or Neighbors? Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Perspectives on Refugees (CrossCurrents 2018), Antisemitism and Islamophobia (CrossCurrents 2015), Masculinities and Religion (Religion and Gender 2012), and Embattled Masculinities in the Religious Traditions (CrossCurrents 2011). He also published three volumes in German on the cultural and theological legacy of the Holocaust, and edited Edward Gastfriend’s My Father’s Testament: Memoir of a Jewish Teenager, 1938-1945 (Temple UP, 2000). He serves on several editorial and advisory boards.
As director of the Martin-Springer Institute, he has organized several international academic symposia and has mentored the creation of several exhibits, Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto; Resilience: Women in Flagstaff’s Past and Present; and on the Berlin Wall. He has curated the art exhibitions Wounded Landscapes (2014) and Echoes of Loss: Artistic Responses to Trauma (2018). He has been awarded a one-month residential fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute on the theme of “truth and reconciliation” (2019).
Monika Rice is an Assistant Professor and Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Gratz College. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She is the author of “What! Still Alive?! Jewish Survivors in Poland and Israel Remember Homecoming” (Syracuse University Press, 2017; Choice Outstanding Academic Title), as well as chapters in edited volumes and articles exploring postwar identities of Polish Jews, and Polish-Jewish relations.
Lisa Pine is Associate Professor of History at London South Bank University, UK. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and obtained her doctorate from the University of London in 1996. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her main research interests are the social history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. She is the author of Nazi Family Policy, 1933-1945 (Berg, 1997), Hitler’s “National Community”: Society and Culture in Nazi Germany (Hodder, 2007; Bloomsbury, 2017), Education in Nazi Germany (Berg, 2010) and Debating Genocide (Bloomsbury, 2018). She is the editor of Life and Times in Nazi Germany (Bloomsbury, 2016) and The Family in Modern Germany (Bloomsbury, 2020). She has also published many journal articles and chapters in books including: ‘Germany’, in A. J. Angulo (ed.), Miseducation: A History of Ignorance Making in America and Abroad (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016); ‘Testimonies of Trauma: Surviving Auschwitz-Birkenau’, in P. Leese and J. Crouthamel (eds), Traumatic Cultures: World War Two and After (Palgrave, 2016); ‘The Family and Private Life’, in C. Szejnmann, S. Baranowski and A. Nolzen (eds), A Companion to Nazi Germany (John Wiley and Sons Ltd., 2018); ‘The Experiences of Male Holocaust Victims at Auschwitz’, in B. Krondorfer and O. Creanga (eds), The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men (SUNY Press, 2020).
Robert Sommer is a Berlin historian and scholar in Cultural Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany in 2009. His research focuses on sexuality and sexual exploitation in Nazi concentration camps as well as prostitution politics in the "Third Reich". For his dissertatzion on camp brothels he conducted research in 70 archives in Germany, Poland and the U.S.A. and 30 interviews with survivors of the holocaust. He has been working as research associate for the concentration camp memorials of Ravensbrück and Flossenbürg and for various documentaries such as the BBC documentary "Auschwitz. The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'". He is the author of Das KZ-Bordell: Sexuelle Zwangsarbeit in nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslagern [The Camp Brothel: Forced Sexual Labor in National Socialist concentration camps](Schöningh, Paderborn 2009). Sommer teaches at various universities such as DePaul University (Chicago) and Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts). He currently is the curator of the exhibition of photographs by Richard Wiesel called “Objects from the Concentration Camps: Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen”.