Call for Papers : 

Holocaust and Genocide Studies Special Issue
Digital Humanities in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Co-editors Tim Cole, Alberto Giordano, Paul Jaskot, Anne Kelly Knowles

This special issue seeks to show how digital approaches are inflecting and influencing Holocaust and genocide studies. It aims to span the range of disciplines using digital methods and sources, broadly understood. The special issue will bring together scholarship that addresses the impact of digital methods and content on:

  • Historical analysis
  • Cultural representations
  • Memory and memorialization
  • Archival sources and collections
  • Pedagogy

We welcome research articles that draw on Digital Humanities approaches to uncover new understandings of the Holocaust and genocide, and also engage with the concept of ‘digital memory’ to examine representation and response in everything from social media through virtual reality experiences. Other essays may be more conceptual or historiographical, offering reflections on the limitations and possibilities of digital methods and digital resources on the field, from archive practices through database design. While the special issue will focus on research, we also welcome articles and essays that reflect on Holocaust and genocide studies pedagogy after the digital turn.

We invite proposals for full research articles (c. 7,000-12,000 words) and shorter discursive or historiographical essays (c. 4,000-5,000 words) that:

  • Foreground how digital methods shed new light on the Holocaust and genocide – e.g. methods such as network analysis, corpus linguistics, digital mapping and visualization, GIS and spatial analysis, and other modes of computational analysis.
  • Critically examine digital memory work in Holocaust and genocide studies.
  • Critically evaluate digital archives and database design.
  • Engage with new debates in Holocaust and genocide studies pedagogy after the digital turn.

The journal is keen to publish papers that include maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams, as well as video and audio files. Guidelines on preparation and submission of these files can be found at:

The editors are happy to entertain proposals for contributions that would include an online digital component. Final decisions for creating a digital supplement to the issue will depend on which contributions are included and the technical capacity available for online material.

To ensure a balance of articles across the full range of approaches, we invite colleagues to submit a one-page abstract outlining the focus of their proposed contribution to the co-editorial team through by 1 July 2022. Colleagues are welcome to get in touch to discuss ideas informally prior to submitting an abstract. Final draft papers (from authors invited to submit articles) will be due 31 March 2023, for editorial and peer review.

CFP published in April 2022