July’s conferences offered the welcome opportunity to recharge intellectual batteries and connect with scholars from far and near. Following the successful BAJS conference in Edinburgh, it was time to head south to Yorkshire and attend the British Association for Holocaust Studies Conference (BAHS) in Sheffield. Organised by Professor Sue Vice, participants were invited to partake of a rich and stimulating offering of papers read by senior scholars as well as emerging talents. Three days of listening and talking left me with a strong desire to return to Sheffield to get to know more about the city and its environs, and I came away feeling again ‘plugged in’ to the scholarly networks of the BAHS.
The BAHS Conference in Sheffield kindly offered the venue for Tom Lawson, James Jordan and myself officially to ‘relaunch’ the journal Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. Now nearing the completion of its third year under the auspices of Taylor & Francis, the journal benefits from the rich infrastructure of a large publishing house. This year also celebrates 25 years of the journal’s existence, beginning in 1992 as the British Journal of Holocaust Education. The journal has a history of being ‘relaunched’ thereby also chronicling the development of the field of Holocaust Studies in Britain. Thus it was relaunched in 1995 as The Journal of Holocaust Education, and again in 2005 with its current title. Until the end of 2014 the journal was published by Vallentine Mitchell, testifying to the long-standing relationship the editorial team had with the London-based publisher. The journal was led to prominence by David Cesarani and Tony Kushner, who passed the editorship to representatives of the next generation of scholars, Tom Lawson and James Jordan, in 2005. Since then the editorial team has expanded to reflect the variety of articles submitted to the journal, first in 2010 with me joining the team, and again this year when Anna Hájková joined us for volume 23. Holocaust Studies prides itself on a strong publications record in cultural history, and its regular forays into religious history. Thus we are delighted to welcome Jo Pettitt, a literary scholar educated at the University of Kent, to the editorial team of four from 1 January 2018.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal, Taylor & Francis will publish a jubilee edition with 25 articles which reflect the main themes addressed by the journal since its inception. The collection will be available online in September 2017 and it will be open access for six months.
At the BAHS in Sheffield we editors also awarded the first annual essay prize for an article published in Holocaust Studies the previous year. The 2016 BAHS essay prize was awarded to Imogen Dalziel for her article ‘”Romantic Auschwitz”: examples and perceptions of contemporary visitor photography at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’, published in Volume 22:2-3. Congratulations, Imogen!