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The Nuremberg Trials

Les procès de Nuremberg

Die Nürnberger Prozesse

New approaches in social history and the sociology of professions

Nouvelles approches à partir des professions

Neue Ansätze aus der Sozialgeschichte und Berufssoziologie

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Published on Thursday, February 05, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

Until now, research focused mainly on the preparation, implementation, and conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials, as well as on the role they played in the postwar period, particularly with respect to the denazification of Germany and the formation of the memory of Nazism. New approaches have been developed, however, inspired by the sociology of professions and international organizations on the one hand and by the social history of post-war period on the other hand. These studies focus on the staff mobilized during these trials, the internationalization of various fields of expertise dedicated to peace building, and the long-term transformation of professional cultures to which these trials have contributed. Bringing together academics from different countries and disciplines, the workshop aims to provide a forum for such studies and to discuss new avenues of research. 

Announcement

Argument

On the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, a two-day workshop will be organized at the University Paris-Ouest-Nanterre and at the Ecole Normale supérieure to strengthen links between French and foreign academics in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, who work on these trials and on their impact on the legal and professional cultures.

Until now, research focused mainly on the preparation, implementation, and conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials, as well as on the role they played in the postwar period, particularly with respect to the denazification of Germany and the formation of the memory of Nazism. New approaches have been developed, however, inspired by the sociology of professions and international organizations on the one hand and by the social history of post-war period on the other hand. These studies focus on the staff mobilized during these trials, the internationalization of various fields of expertise dedicated to peace building, and the long-term transformation of professional cultures to which these trials have contributed. Bringing together academics from different countries and disciplines, the workshop aims to provide a forum for such studies and to discuss new avenues of research. 

Main themes

Two dimensions will be developed in this workshop:

1-The Nuremberg Trials and Professional Careers

While the literature has extensively focused on the new legal framework of the Nuremberg Trials, the production of new legal concepts should be more clearly linked with the professional paths of  those who conceived, prepared and implemented the trials, whether diplomats, lawyers, or politicians. Social history can be useful for understanding how new intellectual tools emerged at the end of the war. Biographical and prosopographical approaches of the various experts associated with the Nuremberg Trials (lawyers, doctors, reporters, film-makers, translators, etc.) can help to situate these events in a longue durée. How were such professionals or specialists solicited? Did the trials contribute to the development of transnational networks of expertise? How did occupied Germany represent a laboratory for new public policies dedicated to the democratization of an authoritarian society?

2-The Nuremberg Trials and the Evolution of Professional Cultures

The Nuremberg Trials have influenced many professional cultures and practices. While the case of doctors and ethical principles in medical research is well-known, other professions, like West German civil servants, modified their collective identities to separate themselves from the National Socialist past. The long-term impact of the Nuremberg Trials can be analyzed in this respect. How did the public pressure and the necessity for experts to improve their legitimacy contribute to this evolution of professional cultures after Nuremberg? Did any transnational discourse emerge in those professional fields?

Finally, the workshop aims to set the Nuremberg Trials in long-term professional discourses and practices; and to favour comparative approaches between these trials and other similar post-war practices that can also be approached in a professional perspective.

Organization

Staff: Guillaume Mouralis (ISP, Paris). Marie-Bénédicte Vincent (ENS, Paris)

Scientific Committee : Guillaume Mouralis (ISP, Paris), Marie-Bénédicte Vincent (ENS, Paris), Annette Weinke (Jena), Annette Wieviorka (CNRS, Paris).

Submission guidelines

Abstracts in English or German must be submitted

before May 1, 2015 to the following

ddresses: mariebvincent@yahoo.fr ; g.mouralis@gmail.com

All reasonable expenses (including accommodation for one night in Paris) will be covered.

Subjects

Places

  • Institut des sciences sociales du politique (ISP-Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre) | Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (IHMC-Ecole normale supérieure)
    Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, May 01, 2015

Keywords

  • procès de Nuremberg, professions, cultures professionnelles, sortie de guerre, dénazification

Contact(s)

  • Marie-Bénédicte Vincent
    courriel : mariebvincent [at] yahoo [dot] fr
  • Guillaume Mouralis
    courriel : g [dot] mouralis [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Marie-Bénédicte Vincent
    courriel : mariebvincent [at] yahoo [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« The Nuremberg Trials », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 05, 2015, https://calenda.org/316958

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