I-Witness field school

I-Witness
Students in the I-Witness field school last spring

The I-Witness field school is a three-unit course offered by the Department of Germanic and Slavic studies (listed as GMST 489). The field school explores the ways in which the Holocaust has become memorialized in Central Europe. Following one week of intensive study at the University of Victoria, you will spend three weeks in Central Europe exploring various memorial spaces in three different countries (Germany, Austria, and Poland)—from the sites of former concentration camps to the stumbling stone project, from former ghettos to railway stations, from cemeteries to T-4 euthanasia sites, from museums to memorials. 

Check the i-Witness Field School page on Germanic studies for information about future schools.

I-Witness 2016

The dates for the 2016 I-Witness field school were May 2 to May 29, 2016. The title of the 2016 field school was: "Exploring the Past: Confronting Racism, Antisemitism, and Homophobia in the Present EU". 

Participants on the field school encounter various types of memorial spaces in three different countries: from the sites of former concentration camps to the stumbling stone project, from former ghettos to railway stations, from cemeteries to T-4 euthanasia sites, from museums to memorials. This field school course consists of one week of intensive study at the University of Victoria followed by three weeks in Central Europe.

In 2016 and 2014 the EUCE at UVic provided a $1000 travel grant to each succesful applicant to the program.

Application deadline - November 1, 2015

Deposit due -  November 15, 2015

Program dates - May2-29, 2016

The I-Witness field school is sponsored by the following:

  • The European Union Centre for Excellence at UVic
  • Richard Kool (Victoria, BC)
  • David and April Katz (Victoria, BC)
  • David Siegel (Victoria, BC)
  • The Lohn Foundation (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island
Students speak about their experiences of the I-Witness field school.