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CALL FOR PAPERS | International Educational Conference “Auschwitz - Never again! – Really?” - 1-4 July 2019.

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28-02-2019

“Auschwitz - Never again! – Really?” - is the motto of the International Educational Conference, which will take place from 1-4 July 2019 at the Auschwitz Memorial. The topics of lectures and discussions will concern education in the context of preventing genocide and crimes against humanity.

 

‘For decades, we have been listening to the words of witnesses, who provide us with a wealth of knowledge about their tragic personal experiences. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, because today we are responsible for conveying their stories and messages to the world–so that such a crime would never occur again,’ said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, the organizer of the conference.

‘However, the events of the 20th and 21st centuries painfully prove that Auschwitz was not the last terrible crime committed in the name of hate ideology. The goal that the museum implements, has not been accomplished and this should be the subject of an in-depth reflection for all of us. I often recall minding the words of Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, referring to the results of the efforts of survivors to preserve memory. He said: “We did a lot, but not enough.” Today we see and feel how much of that “not enough” is around us and in us,’ added Kacorzyk.

Now we begin the call for papers to participate in the open-call panel on the 2nd of July, from 15.00 to 17.00, entitled "History is repeating. From the past to the present. From the present to the past."

The panel will address several questions:

Why do we forget?
Why conflicts occur?
Do we need to experience war to feel concerned?
How geography influence the way we look at other conflicts?
How can we act? How can we teach?

The topics can be very specific, speaking about one conflict for example, or as well really general. Each presentation should last 20 minutes and the languages of the conference are English and Polish.

To apply, please fill in the google form until 31 March 2019. Recruitment results will be sent until 5 April 2019. The Museum will cover the costs of accommodation (single room) and board, as well as the travel ticket.

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The most important questions posed by the conference organisers are:

How should we educate in order to prevent crimes and genocides?

Is education one of the methods of preventing crimes against humanity?

Do we learn from the experience of previous generations or are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again?

Are geography and cultural context, barriers to prevent other crimes to happen somewhere else in the world?

‘We want to confront these fundamental dilemmas with a group of outstanding intellectuals, survivors of various conflicts, journalists, writers, representatives of memorials and international organisations. In our debates, we will look for ways to influence people's awareness through education and, if possible, build in them a sense of active responsibility for the modern world. I hope it will enable us, as a society to effectively prevent genocides and crimes against humanity,’ said the Auschwitz Museum director, Piotr M.A. Cywiński, PhD.

All information on the possibility of participating in the conference shall be published on the Museum’s website. Should you have any questions, please .

See the programme of the conference.

The previous international conference of the ICEAH “Awareness – Responsibility – Future” was held in July 2017. It aimed to debate the challenges of education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust that we face today and will face in the future. The conference is summarised by a special on-line publication.