Saturday, October 9, 2010

Trinity College Dublin and the HETI

On 18-19 November 2010 Trinity College, Dublin, will host an important conference sponsored by The Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (HETI). HETI describes itself, accurately, as a conglomerate of representatives of government, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Its purpose: to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally.

This conference will address the core issues of antisemitism and Holocaust denial, but will also include some academic or research challenges on the themes of denial in general, the psychology of denial and also myth. The programme for the conference demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of the conference: Antisemitism, Holocaust denial, History, Philosophy, Legal and Ethical Dimensions.

But especially Holocaust denial. Below are the titles of some of the papers to be delivered at the two-day conference. These folk are truly interested in what we are doing.

• Holocaust denial and inversion
• Antisemitism in Iran and Holocaust denial
• Different forms of denial, old and new forms of hatred of the Jews
• International Conference on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial
• Holocaust denial and freedom of speech
• Stealing the Holocaust from the Jews? – The Holocaust as a metaphor in public discourse
• Soft denial in different political and social areas on the web
• Holocaust scholarship in the wake of Holocaust denial
• Contemporary forms of denial

It would appear only reasonable that there would be one revisionist invited to say a few words, ask a few questions, at an event that is obsessed with what revisionists do. Is such a thing on the table? Not that I know of.

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