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Workshops & Conventions


The research plans and projects of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) require continuous discussion and in-depth academic consideration and fine-tuning.


The VWI workshops provide a forum for the in-depth discussion of the core research areas of the institute. These are determined by the International Academic Advisory Board in its position paper and in its recommendations, while the VWI also independently elaborates, formulates, and executes themes, ideas, and concepts. Externals experts are also frequently involved in the conceptualisation of workshops, with their academic institutions then moreover serving as partner organisations in the concrete event.


The format employed since 2011 – the date of the first VWI workshop – of employing a range of presentations partly solicited through a Call for Papers and partly through invitations extended to renowned experts for individual panels or as keynotes has proven most productive.


Beyond this, the VWI also involves itself financially or in content and organisation with various conferences which correlate with the profile of the institute.



Transnational meets Local: Making Holocaust Research Projects and Infrastructures Sustainable by Using Digital Archives, Electronic Repositories, and Internet Platforms on Local and Regional Levels

from Monday, 19. November 2018 -  09:00
to Tuesday, 20. November 2018 - 15:30

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, 1010 Vienna, Rabensteig 3, Research Lounge


EHRI LogoThe workshop “Transnational Meets Local” is being organised within the framework of the European Holocaust Research Infra­structure (EHRI) project, supported by the European Commission. Inaugurated in 2010, EHRI, the  first project of its kind, aims to sup­port the Holocaust research community by building a digital infrastructure and providing online access to information about dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust through its online portal.

The two­day workshop invites stakehold­ers who maintain digital platforms, reposito­ries, and databases, or have developed inter­net­based curricula, exhibitions, and presen­tations on specific research projects and/or case­studies in Holocaust Studies. Focussing on current questions of digital archival collec­tions in Central Europe, the aim of the work­shop will be to discuss and develop policies and procedures on organisational and legal levels concerning the transnationalisation of Holocaust research networks and archives. The workshop is directed at a wider public, bringing local approaches and regional as­pects of current usages of Holocaust-­related sources to the fore. The linkage of these local approaches to other projects from Central Europe will enable the creation of a network of and for these initiatives, transcending the ethnic, linguistic, and/or national borders which until now have represented an obstacle in opening spaces for innovative approaches.

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19 November 2018

9:00 Transnationalisation of Holocaust Sources
Keynote Addresses

Chair: Béla Rásky

09:00 Stephen Naron (Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies)
Uniting Digital Testimonies and Platforms in a Post-Curatorial

09:20 Michal Frankl (EHRI/VWI)
<DIGITAL> != TRANSNATIONAL? European Holocaust Research Infrastructure and Transnational Research

09:40 Wolfgang Schellenbacher (EHRI/DÖW)
The Document Blog of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

10:30 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Transnationalisation
Case Studies

Chair: Éva Kovács

This panel will address the manageable interfaces or gateways to be produced between infrastructures such as EHRI and local or regional initiatives, and will discuss best practices of connecting local archives with global networks and of relocalising or ‘translating’ – with all its meanings – transnational/multilingual collections for and to local, ‘home­grown’ environments. It will  nally shed light on the legal aspects relating to the following processes:

  • institutionalisation of project-based networks and archives,
  • dealing with inequalities and/or gaps (centre/periphery, language, etc.),
  • political aspects.

Teon Djingo (Institute of National History, Skopje)
Šárka Jarská (Living Memory/Živá paměť, Prague)
Karen Jungblut (USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Los Angeles/ Frankfurt am Main)
Dorothee Wein (CeDis, Freie Universität Berlin)

12:00 Discussion

12:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Local meets Transnational
World Café

Moderation: Michal Frankl

In a World Café groups sit around tables, together with a table host, and discuss questions which have been defined by the organisers in advance. Each table has a set of questions belonging to a comprehensive theme. Discussion results are directly noted down. Finally, the results of all groups will be reflected on in a common plenary session.

As a result of the European Holocaust Remembrance Day and the decades­ ong mainstreaming of Holocaust education, local commemoration initiatives are  flourishing in Europe. The aim of this panel is to understand how these initiatives can be integrated into larger networks or infrastructures, such as EHRI.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of visibility and unlimited access? • How can the ‘the beauty of the local’ be kept alive?
  • Who ‘owns’ the projects and initiatives once they are completed?
  • How can local initiatives be made sustainable and visible

Table hosts:
Gerhard Baumgartner (Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstands)
Melanie Dejnega (Österreichische Mediathek)
András Lénárt (Csillagos Házak/Yellow Star Houses, Budapest)
Peter Pirker (POREM, Universität Wien)
Katrin Sippel (ÖAW, Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft)

15:00 Plenary session

15:30 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Vom Projekt zum Archiv. Die Geschichte des Mauthausen Survivors Documentation Project
Gespräch Am Runden Tisch

Moderation: Albert Lichtblau (Universität Salzburg)

Gespräch am Runden Tisch mit:
Regina Fritz (Universität Bern)
Brigitte Halbmayr (Institut für Konfliktforschung, Wien)
Ralf Lechner (Mauthausen Memorial)
Alexander Prenninger (LBI für Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Wien)

17:30 Coffee break

18:00 Book Presentation
Moderation: Angelika Laumer (

Werner Dreier/Angelika Laumer/Moritz Wein: Interactions. Internationale Erkundungen guter Praxis in der Bildungsarbeit mit Video-Zeugnissen von Opfern des Nationalsozialismus. Berlin, 2018

Presented by:
Tony Cole (UCL London)
Éva Kovács (VWI)
Dorothee Wein (Freie Universität Berlin)

18:00 Book Presentation

Interactions. Internationale Erkundungen guter Praxis in der Bildungsarbeit mit Video-Zeugnissen von Opfern des Nationalsozialismus (mit Moritz Wein/

20 November 2018

10:00-12:00 Collecting by Learning – Learning by Collecting
World Café

In a World Café groups sit around tables, together with a table host, and discuss questions which have been de ned by the organisers in advance. Each table has a set of questions belonging to a comprehensive theme. Discussion results are directly noted down. Finally, the results of all groups will be reflected on in a common plenary session.

Hundreds of interviews and local historical sources were collected by school classes and local initiatives in the framework of various educational and com­memoration activities. This panel will focus on how these educational pro­grammes could use EHRI in curriculum development and vice versa how EHRI could implement the newly collected historical sources and knowledge in its network. The panel will focus on the following question:

  • What are the traps and pitfalls of using and producing historical sources in education?
  • What happens to the content produced in these small initiatives?
  • How can the content be kept alive?
  • How can the collected knowledge be implemented in public history?
  • How can educational programmes be linked to the EHRI infrastructure?

Table hosts:
Marcell Kenesei (CENTROPA, Vienna)
Philipp Rohrbach (VWI)
Andrea Szőnyi (Zachor Foundation, Budapest) Moritz Wein (

11:30 Plenary session

12:00 Lunch

13:00-15:30 Beyond the Archives: Taking Collections Into the Public Space
Case Studies

Chair: Marianne Windsperger

The aim of this panel is to discuss the current policies of ‘classical’ archives in the age of new digital technologies and the strong and natural need of public interventions to use historical sources. It will address the questions of how EHRI can facilitate the co­operation between the two groups of agents; how it can help discover and reactivate hidden or forgotten sources and vice versa: how archives can learn about public interventions and preserve their collected sources.

Martina Baresic (Memorial Museum and Educational Centre, Jasenovac)
Georg Geml/Walter Reiss (Landesmuseum Burgenland, Projekt „1938“)
Ján Hlavinka (Dokumentačné Stredisko Holokausto, Bratislava)
Tanja Petrović (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, ZRC/SAZU Ljubljana)
Aneta Plzáková (Institut Terezínské iniciativy, Prague)

14:30 Discussion

15:00 Farewell coffee

EHRI is funded by the European Union


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