Coursework: CENS 303D: Representations of the Holocaust (3 credits)
Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Moreover, Auschwitz is a site of conflicted memories that raises the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. In fact, one of the most pressing issues of the Holocaust studies is the question: how to educate about Nazi crimes when there are no more survivors to share their stories.
This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach and 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.You will conduct independent studies at sites of mass extermination, as well as research issues related to the Holocaust in the context of social responsibilities of researchers and professionals.
This is the fourth time this program has run, and for 2017, it will run in partnership with UBC's Department of Psychology to offer Witnessing Auschwitz: The Psychology of Genocide (PSYC 417A). This is the first year that the Psychology program will run, and psychology students that are interested in participating are encouraged to apply for PSYC 417A.
The Witnessing Auschwitz: Conflicting stories and memories is offered by UBC’s Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) in partnership and/or cooperation with:
- UBC's Department of Psychology
- Vancouver Holocaust Educational Center
- Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
- University of Warsaw
- Jewish Historical Institute
- Polish Consulate in Vancouver
- University of Bialystok
CENS 303D can count toward the IR Seminar (4th year requirement that satisfies the Arts Research Requirement). The other CENS 303A course can count toward IR List A.