Holocaust Studies Laboratory

ShoahLab: Holocaust studies laboratory is designed as a hub of disciplinary and methodologically different approaches to Holocaust research. The Laboratory brings together historians, philosophers, sociologist, theorists of visual arts, literature and contemporary media – in a joint effort to shed light on an unimaginable crime, to understand and explain it and its significance and repercussions.

The Laboratory is leaned on the achievements it already accomplished: a serial of events “Holocaust Remembrance” (that included exhibition, scientific conference, public tribune, music and educational program), organized by the Regional Scientific Center in Novi Sad of the Belgrade University’s Institute for philosophy and social theory, from 18 to 22 April 2017; the prominent Holocaust and Philosophy Proceedings, published by the same Institute in early 2018; the translation Stein Vervet’s book Testimony of the Holocaust, War and Transnational Remembrance from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature (Routledge, 2017), co-published by the Academic Book and the Institute; the book by the same co-publishers Ordinary People – Voluntary Executioners: A Discussion of (German) Anti-Semitism, that illustrates the controversy over the motives of the perpetrators of mass crimes.

“Perpetrators” are just one of the focuses of the Laboratory’s interest. Of course, victims deserve and receive more attention. The so-called “by-standers” and their responsibility do not fall out of our analyses. The Laboratory has a particular interest in documentary, artistic and media aspects of (re)presentations of the Holocaust, viz (in)possibilities of its proper presentation. The list of topics is not thereby exhausted. On the contrary, the Laboratory is open to the contributions of different perspectives that thematize the Holocaust and the problems caused by it.

Our team has already developed cooperation with institutions and individuals interested in Holocaust studying – above all, the Union of Jewish Municipalities of Serbia and its affiliates, the distinguished professors of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, and the specialized circle of independent scholars of Holocaust. We are open to cooperation with everyone interested in various dimensions of Holocaust and its representation. The Laboratory is envisaged as a space for various theoretical perspectives and disciplines that meet, intersect and pervade one another around the Holocaust theme, influencing public consciousness and memory culture.

Members: Predrag Krstić, PhD (IFDT), Vera Mevorah, PhD (IFDT), Marija Velinov (IFDT), Aleksandar Pavlović, PhD (IFDT), Milivoj Bešlin, PhD (IFDT), Nada Banjanin Đuričić (Railway Technical School Belgrade, NGO Center for public history), prof. Nevena Daković (Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade), Dragana Stojanović, PhD (Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum University), Milovan Pissari, PhD (NGO Center for public history), Marko Terzić (Museum 21st October, Kragujevac), Biljana Albahari (Serbian National Library), Mark Lošonc, PhD (IFDT), Vladimir Cvetković, PhD (IFDT), Srđan Prodanović, PhD (IFDT), Miloš Ćipranić, PhD (IFDT) and Željko Radinković, PhD (IFDT).

Coordinator: Vera Mevorah, PhD, research fellow, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, vera.mevorah@instifdt.bg.ac.rs