Public lecture: ‘Space and Memory in the Third Reich’

Posted by mjs76 at May 07, 2010 04:07 PM |
Annual holocaust studies lecture on 11 May, followed by colloquium on 12 May.

The University of Leicester is home to the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, which each year presents the Aubrey Newman Annual Lecture on some aspect of Nazi history.

This year, Professor Alon Confino from the University of Virginia will speak on  ‘Space and Memory in the Third Reich.’ The lecture is in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1 at 5.30pm on Tuesday 11 May. This is a public lecture and attendance is free.

Professor Confino’s lecture will act as the prelude to a one-day colloquium on Space, Identity and National Socialism to be held at Loughborough University as a collaboration between Leicester’s Stanley Burton Centre and Loughborough’s Department for Politics, History, and International Relations.

The ambition of the Third Reich was a European empire, stretching from Trondheim to Tripoli, from Moscow to Merseyside and all points in between, with Germany itself at the centre. The lecture and symposium will look at how Nazi Germany was structured regionally as a ‘colonial space’ and in particular at the concept of ‘Volksgemeinschaft’. This was the nebulous concept of a single homogenous ‘German race’, not just ethnically alike but a single class with a single ideology. The Volksgemeinschaft (literally ‘people’s community’), which the Nazi leadership sought to create through propaganda and state control of the media, would be self-sacrificing in its dedication to the state and the party.

Professor Confino is currently visiting professor in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence and is completing a book entitled A World Without Jews: Memory and the Holocaust in the Third Reich. Founded in 1990, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies is a non-profit teaching and research centre within our School of Historical Studies.

The The colloquium, 'Space, Identity and National Socialism', with speakers from the UK, USA and Germany, will be held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University on Wednesday 12 May from 8.30am to 4.30pm