Dr. Katherine Sorrels

Holocaust history is challenging both because it raises difficult questions and because the literature is vast, complicated, and contentious. Yet this challenging scholarship offers a special opportunity to explore some of the biggest, most important, questions that historians have asked and to engage with historical work that has had some of the greatest impact outside the academy. The latter includes cutting-edge work in digital humanities  such as mapping, data visualization, online exhibitions, digital textual analysis,  and digital archive construction.

In this course, we will combine a foundation in Holocaust historiography with an opportunity to design and carry out a digital humanities research project. Projects may involve collaboration with local  national  or international museums,  research centers,  and other relevant institutions. For example,  if you are interested in medical abuses in the Holocaust,  you might collaborate with the ethics center at a local hospital to design a presentation and online materials on clinical and/or research ethics informed by Holocaust research. In short, we will replicate in class the ways in which the field of Holocaust studies has initiated impactful discussion both within and beyond the academy.

This is a split-level Undergraduate/Graduate course cross-listed with HIST 6070.