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Special Issue "Painful Truths and Unspoken Words: Remembering Genocides and the Holocaust in Different Genres and Regions of the World"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mark Malisa
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Guest Editor
Educational Research and Administration, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA
Interests: memory; film; genocide; ethnicity; education; museum

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Initial world responses to the Holocaust included the declaration “never again” (Gilbert, 2000; Reese, 2017; Herman, 2018; Power, 2013). This Special Issue on “Remembering Genocides and the Holocaust” invites contributions from different fields, such as film, music, museums, and literature. Contributions may explore specific representations in their own right or the relationship between representations and lived experiences pertaining to genocide/the Holocaust. They may focus on how remembrances of the Holocaust and genocides have been transformed over time, including, but not limited to the globalization, nationalization or privatization of such memories. The following may help to illustrate the scope of the Special Issue but are not intended to limit the choice of topic:

Overview: How have portrayals of the Holocaust or other genocides changed in response to the activities of political movements or advocacy groups? Who decides official labels and categories, including the role of community representatives? Issues of societal acceptability of representations; the different conceptual bases in which such representations are grounded and the historical, social, and political underpinnings of such changes, etc.

  • Genocides/the Holocaust in Film and Media: representations in this genre and how these trends reflect changes in the visibility, support, and media coverage of different genocides or the Holocaust; the politics of such representations (what they seek to portray and the validity of these narratives), etc.
  • Genocide/Holocaust representations in Literature, memoirs, non-fiction, popular periodicals, and other literary genres: types of literary representations and their limitations; racial/ethnic groups, public figures, and when appropriate, heroines and villains as subjects of such portrayals; comparisons with lived experience and other counternarratives; the framing of genocide/the Holocaust in this genre and how such representations may reflect the race/ethnicity/gender of the authors of these representations.
  • Genocide/Holocaust representations in museums:how these museums portray memories of the Holocaust/Genocide; the location of these representations in niche and other market types; comparisons with lived experience and other counternarratives.
  • United Nations/Other International Organization and the Holocaust/Genocides: Representations of the United Nations and other international organizations in preventing Genocide/another Holocaust: e.g., as bridges between different racial/ethnic groups or as heralding an ostensible post-conflict era; coalitions and intergroup or international allegiances, e.g., in anti-genocide campaigns.
  • Global/Regional/National Representations of Genocide/the Holocaust. Articles that focus on different regions of the world or different nations.
  • Representations of the Holocaust/Genocide in specific policy contexts: there are diverse ways in which the holocaust/genocide are socially represented in policy settings, e.g., the way genocide/the Holocaust are articulated and constructed in education/sports and entertainment.


Cohen, J. (2007). One hundred days of silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide

Moore, M. (2009). Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing

Melvern, L (2006). Conspiracy to murder: The Rwandan Genocide

Power, S. (2013). A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Key dates:

Abstract submission deadline: June 3, 2021. If interested send a 150 to 200 word abstract by June 3, 2021 to [email protected] and [email protected]. Abstracts should include the corresponding author’s email and affiliation. Please put “Genocide and Holocaust Special Issue” in the subject heading of your submission email. Please indicate in your submission the primary theme or area with which your paper belongs and the expected topic, argument, methodology, sources, and contribution. Abstracts will be assessed by the special issue guest editor along with the editors of Genealogy. Authors will be notified by July 14, 2021 regarding decisions on their abstracts. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers no later than November 30, 2021. Please note that the acceptance of an abstract does not necessarily imply the acceptance of the full paper for the special issue. All full paper submissions will go through the standard double-blind review process for papers submitted to Genealogy.

Decision on abstracts, July 14, 2021. Email to [email protected] and [email protected]

Full article submission. November 30, 2021

Dr. Mark Malisa
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • genocide
  • education
  • memory studies
  • museums
  • united nations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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