The Netherlands American Studies Association and the Belgian Luxembourg American Studies Association are pleased to announce that they will be co-organizing an international conference.
>The conference is titled "American Responses to the Holocaust: Transatlantic Perspectives," to be held at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands, 15-17 June 2011.<p>
This conference aims to explore American responses to the Holocaust and the ways in which the systematic destruction of European Jewry during World War II has figured in American politics, in important cultural and social debates in the United States, in American literature and popular culture, and in other aspects of American life, such as religion, education, and jurisprudence.
The conference will include six excellent keynote speakers and 33 speakers from 11 different countries who offer multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to the topic. American Responses to the Holocaust will bring a new American Studies perspective to what has traditionally been the focus of Jewish Studies and Holocaust studies. The organizers have selected many papers that explore responses to the Holocaust from a transatlantic perspective in the belief that a comparative approach that takes into account the similarities and differences between responses in Europe and the United States is useful and enlightening for American studies scholars and can contribute new and valuable insights into the ways in which the Holocaust has figured in American life.