Special Issue "Genealogy The Holocaust in Contemporary Popular Culture"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christine Berberich

School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature, University of Portsmouth, Milldam Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
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Interests: literary and cultural representations of English national identity, contemporary German writing on the Holocaust

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Almost 80 years on from the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the Holocaust has become part of a common cultural narrative: history books set out the facts of the Shoah; a new genre has developed in literature – starting with survivor accounts and slowly moving into Holocaust fiction; there is Holocaust film; there are art works creatively engaging with the Holocaust. Added to that is the academic debate, where, over decades, critics have argued and set out just how the Holocaust should be commemorated. In more recent years, however, new forms of Holocaust representation have appeared that might seem irreverent to some, or trailblazing to others: graphic novels on the Holocaust, for instance; Holocaust comedies; representations of the Sonderkommando in Computer Games; images of Auschwitz in Marvel films; allegedly ‘lower’ literary genres, for instance crime writing, dealing with the crimes of the Nazi past. These new forms of representation and, ultimately, commemoration, openly engage with the debate of Holocaust piety versus Holocaust impiety, as set out by critics such as Gillian Rose and Matthew Boswell.

Please consider contributing to this special issue on ‘The Holocaust in Contemporary Popular Fiction’. Much has been written, in recent years, on new and different trends in Holocaust representation and commemoration. This special issue would like to closely examine reprsentations of the Holocaust and the Nazi pasts in contemporary POPULAR culture – in film, popular literature, graphic novels, computer games etc. It wants to address the various ethics of representation as Holocaust representation is slowly changing; it wants to discuss opinions both for and against overtly popular forms of Holocaust commemoration: are there ethical thresholds that have but shouldn’t be crossed? What is acceptable / unacceptable in Holocaust commemoration?

With its focus solely on POPULAR cultural production, this Special Issue aims to contribute to ongoing debates about what is and what shouldn’t be permissible in Holocaust representation.

Please submit a 200–300 word abstract by the end of Feb 2019 to the special issue editor Christine Berberich at [email protected] A notification of acceptance will be sent on March 22, and full manuscripts are due by 1 September 2019.

Dr. Christine Berberich
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) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. 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.


  • Holocaust Commemoration
  • Popular Culture
  • Shoah Business

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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