This course is led by Bozena Karwowska, The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
There will be an option for students to participate in this course virtually from Vancouver. Please stand by for more information from Go Global later this term or email Dr. Karwowska directly for more information.
Dates: Full Course: May 16-June 22, 2022 : Poland - May 16-31, 2022
Topic: Using a multi-disciplinary approach this course will give you the chance to take part in lectures, seminars and workshops in Poland, where you will have direct access to historical archives, museums, and leading experts in all relevant disciplines related to the Holocaust studies.
Locations visited: Krakow and Oświęcim, Poland
Funding: This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. The ARA program aims to ensure that upper-level international research courses are accessible to academically qualified students, and that scholarly preparation and aspiration rather than financial means are the deciding factors for student participation. Funded by a generous gift from donors, the Faculty of Arts, and Go Global, the ARA program sponsors advanced research-intensive courses involving international travel. 70% of the program cost will be offset for academically qualified students; and up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).
Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree e.g. ARA (Arts Research Abroad) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference.
About the course
Studying Auschwitz as a site of conflicted memories raises questions of how, if at all, the Holocaust can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. As a memorial site, with archives and a research center, Auschwitz offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the Holocaust in ways that, in turn, hone academic skills and knowledge that can be applied to other genocides and local stories of violence.
In this multi-disciplinary inquiry, you will take up social responsibilities as researchers, drawing connections to territory, both at Auschwitz and here at UBC. You will be asked to contextualize studying Auschwitz as a site of memory, history and testimony alongside histories of other genocides including colonial genocide in Canada.