Mauthausen Memorial Research Prize

In September 2018 the Mauthausen Memorial will present the first ever Mauthausen Memorial Research Prize. The prize will be awarded for outstanding research on the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp complex and related topics. There is a prize fund of € 5,000, which may be split between two winners.

Mauthausen Memorial Research Prize
(photo credits: Mauthausen Memorial)

In awarding this prize, the Mauthausen Memorial, which has been a federal institute under public law since 1 January 2017, hopes to encourage research on the history of the National Socialist camps in Austria. Particular consideration will be given to promoting early-career scholars. The series Mauthausen-Studien, published by the Mauthausen Memorial, provides an additional platform for the publication of work that merits particular support.

With the Mauthausen Memorial Research Prize, the Mauthausen Memorial seeks to promote research in the following areas:

  • Research on the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp, the Gusen branch camp and all the subcamps of the Mauthausen concentration camp.
  • Research on the history of the subcamps of the Dachau concentration camp on today’s Austrian territory.
  • Interdisciplinary research on all types of Nazi-era ‘camps’ with a connection to the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp complex, for example extermination camps, ‘work education camps’, ‘forced labour camps’, ‘forced labour camps for Jews’, Gestapo camps, police internment camps and prisoner of war camps.
  • Research on institutions connected to the Mauthausen concentration camp, for example the history of the penal system under National Socialism.
  • Biographies or collective biographies of people or groups with a connection to the history of the Mauthausen concentration camp complex, for example ‘prisoner groups’ in National Socialist concentration camps.
  • Research on memorial culture and the postwar history of the Mauthausen concentration camp.

 

Where possible, research papers on the topics listed above should be unpublished; where this is not the case, the date of publication must be no earlier than three years before the date of submission. Academic theses and dissertations are welcome. Papers should be submitted in electronic form together with a CV and an abstract (max. 500 words) by 31 May 2018 to forschungspreis@mauthausen-memorial.org. Submissions may be made in any language; papers in a language other than German or English should be accompanied by a comprehensive German or English summary of around 5,000 words, on which the work will be assessed. All submissions will be reviewed by a jury. The prize will be awarded in September 2018.

Jury:

Barbara Glück, Director of the Mauthausen Memorial
Gabriele Hammermann, Director of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Monika Kokalj Kočevar, National Museum of Contemporary History Slovenia
Andreas Kranebitter, Head of the Mauthausen Memorial Research Center
Betrand Perz, Institute of Contemporary History of the University of Vienna, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Mauthausen Memorial