International conference “Art and the Holocaust”, July 2-3



Riga Jewish Community, Museum “Jews in Latvia” and Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova (Riga, Latvia), in collaboration with the International Center of Litvak Photography (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw, Poland)


invites you to take part in the International Conference “Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”. Conference will take place on 2-3 July, 2019, in Riga, Latvia. 


The aim of the conference is to present new researches about the relationships between the Holocaust and art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, the art of commemoration), as well as the ways, how individuals reacted towards atrocities, how they tried to preserve their human dignity, and how the traumatic experience of the Holocaust has influenced European society.


Scholars from the related fields of Jewish Studies and history of art are invited to submit proposals for papers within the theme of the conference.


The conference will include a special session for young researchers. We encourage applicants to submit proposals for papers within these suggested (but not exhaustive) thematic areas:


  • - The fates of artists during the Holocaust and the impact of the Holocaust on their works;
  • - The Holocaust in contemporary art;
  • - The Holocaust viewed and depicted by non-Jewish artists;
  • - The Holocaust in photography;
  • - Art, created in the places of imprisonment;
  • - The Holocaust in the art of commemoration.


The working languages of the conference are Latvian and English (simultaneous translation will be provided). Speakers will be given 20 minutes each.


To submit a paper, please fill online form.


The deadline for the submission of a paper proposal is March 15, 2019. The results will be announced by April 1, 2019.


We are looking forward to your active participation at the conference!


Papers will be selected on a competitive basis. The materials of the conference will be published in a collection of articles on a competitive basis. All the information on the terms and requirements for the publishing will be available during the conference. The Conference organizers will cover accommodation expenses. All the other organizational details will be explained in the informational e-mail for accepted proposals.


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