Gastcollege Ed Jonker: Over historische excuses, morele genoegdoening en verzoening 

Date: 4 December 2014 - 13h-15h30
Location: Ghent University, Blandijn, AUD C

De lezing is een gastcollege in het kader van het vak Theoretische Geschiedenis (Master Geschiedenis), in co-organisatie met TAPAS. 

Ed Jonker 
is professor of History at the University of Utrecht. He is specialized in the intersection of politics, scholarship, and culture. Jonker is the author of "Historie. Over de blijvende behoefte aan geschiedenis" (2007) and "De geesteswetenschappelijke carrousel. Een nieuwe ronde in het debat over wetenschap, cultuur en politiek" (2006). 

This lecture will be in Dutch.

Specialist course: Masks, Puppets and Performative Objects in Relation to Trauma, Reconciliation and Performance in South Africa

24-26 Novermber 2014
Ghent University
Registration:, deadline 19 November 2014, free

This 3-day specialist course includes lectures and workshops on the development of a postnarrative, embodied and postdramatic approach for dealing with the cultural trauma of apartheid.

In this specialist course we will examine the role of performing arts in the process of trauma coping with regard to apartheid in post-transitional South Africa. We will discuss the creation process of particular performances that do not seek to construct a master-narrative from the pain of the past, but that constitute a postnarrative, postdramatic and embodied aesthetic. The proposed post-narrative shift in performance studies and trauma studies will be studied by prominent South African performance scholars and applied theatre practitioners:

  • Prof. Dr. Jane Taylor (University of Leeds)
  • Prof. Dr. Marie Kruger (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Dr. Petrus Du Preez (University of Stellenbosch)
  • South-African artist Estelle Olivier (University of Stellenbosch)

The target audience of this specialist course consists of doctoral students in art theory and practice but also other doctoral students whose research is situated within or relates to memory studies, trauma theory, conflict studies and performance studies as well as advanced MA students and practicing artists whose work relates to the course topic and/or who wish to further their theoretical knowledge in this direction.

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Symposia: Metamodernism - the return of history

25 September 2014, 11:00-23:00h
Teijin auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

Dit internationale symposium maakt een cognitieve plattegrond waarop de veranderende contouren van ons dagelijks leven zich aftekenen, om zo duiding te geven aan de paradigmaverschuiving die sinds de jaren ’80 in gang is gezet.

Met trots presenteert het Public Program van het Stedelijk Museum het Metamodernism symposium. Voor dit breed opgezette symposium, dat georganiseerd wordt in de vorm van een één-daags evenement (van elf uur 's ochtends tot elf uur 's avonds), worden internationaal befaamde sprekers als Francis Fukuyama, Camille de Toledo, Nina Power, Michel Bauwens en Adam Thirlwell uitgenodigd om hun visie te geven op het discours van een generatie: van de historische omwenteling in 1989 na de val van de Berlijnse Muur, het aanbreken van een nieuw tijdperk na de terroristische aanslagen in 2001 en de wereldwijde momenten van (financiële en/of politieke) crisis in 2008 en 2011 tot het huidige moment dat we collectief als 'hedendaags' benoemen. Wat waren de bepalende momenten voor deze generatie die is geboren in de jaren ‘80? En als we terugkijken, wat maakt een gebeurtenis dan eigenlijk tot een historische omwenteling en/of breuk? Het symposium gaat uit van het concept 'metamodernisme', dat de vragen, ervaringen en angsten van de generatie die rond 1980 werd geboren beschrijft. Maar waar staat deze metamodernistische mentaliteit precies voor? Terwijl de sprekers in het Stedelijk Museum nader ingaan op deze en andere vragen, volbrengt acteur Shia LaBeouf een ware (#meta)marathon rondom het museum.

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Call for papers: Historical Culture in Divided Societies. From Theory to Practice

: 18 - 20 December 2014
Location: Home for Cooperation, Nicosia Buffer Zone, Cyprus
Deadline for submissions: 14 September 2014 

Α booming interest in what can be broadly called ‘public history’, ‘cultural memory’ and ‘historical culture’  has been taking place during the last decades, transforming history into a camp of contestation, a source for identities formation, a soft power for ruling fragmented societies, and a product  for mass  cultural consummation. But what forms does historical culture take in circumstances of rupture and division? To explore these and similar issues, the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) and the AHDR are co-organising a 3-day conference exploring both theoretical approaches of the dominant historical culture in divided societies and a range of public history cultural products. 

More information

ICTJ Intensive Course on Truth Commissions

: 28 September - 3 October 2014
Location: Casa Sant Felip Neri, Barcelona, Spain
Applications: accepted until 31 July 2014

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) are pleased to announce the 6th Intensive Course on Truth Commissions, focused on a practical approach about the challenges in the design and implementation of a truth commission and, this year, exploring its intersections with peace processes. The course will give practitioners directly involved in human rights, mediation, peacebuilding, rule of law, and transitional justice with the basic tools to assess the propriety of creating a truth commission in the aftermath of serious human rights violations and ensuring that the design and implementation of truth commissions are sensitive to contextual realities.

More information on the website of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

International workshop: The Trial Record as a Historical Source

 19 June 2014
Location: National Archives of the Netherlands, Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20 in The Hague
Time: 10:00-18:00

The venue of the courtroom has shown us that different actors can maintain diverse – even conflicting – versions of the same events.  In consequence, the testimonies produced by victims, perpetrators, expert witnesses, and eye-witnesses can have widely varied evidence value.  The connections between testimony, history, and the law have always been close but what would be considered evidence by a historian, would not necessarily be considered such by a judge, and vice-versa. Courts seek testimony, but they do not want life stories.  Nor are they mandated to specifically address other matters that might influence testimony, such as despair or imagination.

→ More information and programme on the website of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The trial of Nazi leaders by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg.
Source: Beeldbank WO2 - NIOD

Representing the Irrepresentable: Narratives and Visual Images of Slavery, Forced Labor, and Genocide

127th American Historical Association Meeting

3-6 January 2013: New Orleans (USA)

CfP deadline: 1 February 2012

Convened by Ana Lucia Araujo (Department of History; Howard University, Washington, DC)

This workshop will gather scholars working on written narratives (documents, autobiographies, personal journals, novels, etc.) and visual images (painting, drawings, photographs, engravings, movies, etc.) dealing with forced displacement, enslavement, slavery, forced labor, war, and genocide. The various participants will engage in understanding how the multiple dimensions of traumatic human experiences can be conveyed through images and narratives. How historians can examine written and visible representations of irrepresentable events? Can narratives and images provide reliable and/or accurate information for historians to interpret traumatic dimensions of past and present human experience? How historians articulate the use of eyewitness accounts (visual and written) with fiction (novel, films) in order to represent past traumatic experiences? What are the limits, the challenges, and the possibilities faced by historians who employ narratives and images of trauma in their works? By focusing on various historical periods and geographical areas, scholars are invited to submit proposals addressing these questions and examining specific case studies. Papers focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery, colonialism in Africa, the Holocaust, Nazi labor camps, the Armenian genocide, the Apartheid, the Rwandan genocide, the war in Darfur, contemporary slavery, and human trafficking, are welcome.

Please send your paper proposal no later than February 1st 2012 to:or 

Paper proposals must contain:
• Paper’s title
• Abstract (up to 300 words)
• Biographical paragraph (up to 250 words, no curriculum vitae, please)
• Correct mailing and e-mail address
• Audiovisual needs, if any

Chairs and commentators, please send:
• Biographical paragraph (up to 250 words, no curriculum vitae, please)
• Correct mailing and e-mail addresses

Please note:
• Abstracts of accepted proposals will be posted on the AHA program website.
• Papers must be submitted on December 1st 2012 for the panel commentators

Towards a Common Past? Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe
Nordic Network in Memory Studies
14-16 May 2012: Lund, Sweden
CfP deadline: 1 March 2012

Since the 1980s Memory Studies have developed intensively as a creative, interdisciplinary and well-established field of research. Yet the field remains fragmented: national research environments tend to focus on representations of cultural memory within specific national contexts, and researchers coming from different disciplines are frequently holding on to their own theoretical and methodological approaches. We hope that the conference will generate discussions about the state of the art in Memory Studies as well as the future of the research in the field. How can we consolidate Memory Studies? What kind of new directions within the field we can identify today?
We would also like to involve you in the discussion on the idea of ‘European Memory’, what it is and how it relates to the memories of nations, regions, migrant communities and the world outside Europe. Drawing on recent theoretical insights pointing to the importance of memory migration and mediation, the influence of new media, changing cultural contexts, and memory as a source of transcultural ethics, the conference will explore how memory works as a transcultural and transnational force, mainly but not solely in Europe.
We welcome papers that aim to explore the tension between attempts by European cultural and political elites to create some form of common European memory or at least a unitary memory ethos on one hand and numerous ‘memory conflicts’, caused by divided and contested memories of oppression and violence on the other. Understanding the conflict-provoking potential of this memory legacy and exploring how it may be managed in a reconciliatory fashion constitute an acute challenge to interdisciplinary Memory Studies.
We are convinced that the future of Memory Studies lies in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation, however difficult such an endeavor might be. Hence we warmly welcome to our conference scholars from different disciplines – the humanities, political and social sciences (including psychology and communication studies), history, etc.
Keynote speakers for this three-day conference include
Claus Leggewie – Professor of Political Science at Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Daniel Levy – Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University
Leyla Neyzi, Professor of Social Anthropology, Sabanci University in Istanbul
Jeffrey Olick, Professor of Sociology at University of Virginia
James E. Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies at University of Massachusetts
The papers at the conference will be presented and discussed in thematic workshops. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the following workshops please contact the chair of the workshop directly (see the contact details below). If you are not sure which workshop is most suitable for your paper please send a short abstract to the coordinator for suggestions. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be subsequently published.
1. Remembering forced migrations and ethnic cleansings in Europe (Chair:
2. Memory and Place in European Cities (Chair:
3. Memory, Emotions and Politics (Chair:
4. Asymmetric memories in Europe (chair:
5. Transnational cultural memory (chair:
6. Remediating memory (chair:
7. Memory and Literary Representation (Chair:
8. Nordic realms of memory (Chair:
9. Memory in News Media (Chair:

The deadline for submitting your abstract to a Workshop Chair (with a copy to the conference coordinator is March 1, 2012.
We look forward to seeing you in Lund in 2012. Please notice that no conference fee is required. Conference Chair: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa 
Conference Coordinator: Niklas Bernsand 
The papers at the conference will be presented and discussed in thematic workshops. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the following workshops please contact the chair of the workshop directly (see the contact details below). If you are not sure which workshop is most suitable for your paper please send a short abstract to the coordinator  for suggestions. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be subsequently published.

Violence, Memory, and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Conference

30 January – 1 February 2012: University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
CfP deadline: 15 November 2011
Sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute and the Departments of Anthropology and History

Conference Objectives:
The ever-repeated incidents of non-combat-related massacres and mass violence that happen in time of conflict have been a source of analysis by academics, the media, and legal authorities. Typically, such events are concealed, and witnesses silenced or ignored, often in the name of “moving on.” Yet the impulse to tell the story seems universal, and may be essential if true reconciliation is to be achieved. Worldwide, movements have emerged to break the silence and to restore dignity to those who died. In many cases the mass grave has become a potent source of evidence that may serve to validate the accounts of witnesses, whether the outcome is prosecution or more simply to “set the record straight” for history. In many contexts, artists have been inspired to create visual art, literature, and theatre as ways to narrate, validate, or memorialize such atrocities.

Although many disciplines have contributed to the worldwide debate on violence, memory, and human rights, rarely do they come together to share their insights. This small conference will offer a unique, interdisciplinary forum, in which forensic scientists may interact with poets, or historians with legal scholars, anthropologists and philosophers. They will examine questions such as: What circumstances precipitate mass violence? What is the impact on surviving individuals, families, and communities? How are massacres remembered – or forgotten? When and how can perpetrators be brought to justice, and victims acknowledged and compensated? What is the importance of exhumation and the presence of the physical body? What is the role of scholars, not only in documenting atrocities, but also in facilitating subsequent action and reparation? And how do the humanities, in the form of art, literature, poetry, music, film, and performance offer unique insights into both the persistence of trauma and recovery?
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
• Baltazar Garzón
• Alexander Hinton
Additional invited speakers will be featured. We now invite contributions from scholars and artists from across the disciplines, and addressing any period in history. The organizers hope to develop an edited volume drawn from conference presentations. To be considered, please email:
A title and 250-word abstract to: Dr. Elizabeth Bird: Proposals for one-hour sessions, roundtables, or other formats are also encouraged.
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011
Decision notification: Dec. 1, 2011. Upon acceptance, a conference fee of $35 will be required – waived for USF faculty and students.
The conference will be held on the campus of the University of South Florida. Special rates (between $79 and $109 per room, per night) will be available at several hotels within 5 minutes of campus.
Details of the conference, including additional speakers, hotel information, and specific location, will be updated on the website of the Humanities Institute:

Historical Justice and Memory: an interdisciplinary conference

Melbourne, 14-17 February 2012

Keynote Speakers:

*  Professor Elazar Barkan, Columbia University
*  Professor Steve J. Stern, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The past few years have seen a plethora of case studies about attempts to deal with past injustice. Scholars have explored the work of truth commissions, the effects of apologies, debates over reparations, and trials of individual perpetrators, to name but four key themes. At the same time, there has been a burgeoning of studies about how past injustice is remembered (or forgotten) and memorialised. This conference provides a unique opportunity to link these two areas of research and to ask questions such as: To what extent is historical justice predicated on particular memories, on particular forms of remembering or on the forgetting of a particular past? How do apologies or truth commissions, for example, shape social memories of past injustice?

This conference aims to bring together scholars working on historical justice and on memory. It is trying to promote conversations across disciplinary boundaries – for example, between historians and lawyers, anthropologists and philosophers, sociologists and cinema studies scholars, heritage scholars and psychologists, human geographers and political scientists – and across national boundaries: bringing together, say, a historian working on memories of the 1965 violence in Indonesia with a lawyer doing research on the South African truth commission, and an anthropologist doing fieldwork in Romania with somebody analysing novels written in post-Pinochet Chile.

The conference will be the first gathering of the Historical Justice and Memory Research Network (<> ), which was set up in late 2010.

We invite proposals for:

*  Papers about any issue related to historical justice and/or the transition to democracy, and/or memory in societies striving for historical justice;
*  Panels (particularly those that bring together scholars working on different parts of the world and/or from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds); and
*  Workshops (which could be closed or open to others, and which would usually bring together scholars whose papers have been circulated before the conference).

We welcome proposals from scholars, artists, activists, and representatives from NGOs and IGOs.

The conference will be held in tandem with an emerging scholars workshop  <> for PhD students that will take place on 13 and 14 February 2012 (see below).

Papers ought to be in English; however, we also welcome proposals for panels and workshops that accommodate papers in other languages.

deadline: 3 June 2011

Please send all abstracts and proposals for panels and workshops, accompanied by a biographical note, to Dr Martine Hawkes, . Abstracts, proposals and bios should be about 200 words each and need to be in English.

Emerging Scholars Workshop

We invite PhD students working on historical justice and memory to submit proposals for papers to be discussed in an emerging scholars workshop on 13 and 14 February 2012, and to be presented during the Historical Justice and Memory conference. Interested students ought to send a detailed abstract, a synopsis of their research project and a CV to Dr Martine Hawkes, , by 3 June 2011.

We expect to be able to subsidise the attendance of participants chosen to attend the emerging scholars workshop.
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Doctoral Seminar with Mark Salber Philips

May 9-13, Ghent


Collective Memory: The Voices of Remembering and the Silences of Forgetting

 April 1, 2011, 9:30am - 5:00pm,  San Francisco State University

The History Students Association at San Francisco State University will be accepting paper submissions for an upcoming conference on the topic of collective memory a concept popularly coined by the late French sociologist and philosopher Maurice Halbwachs beginning on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First call for papers: Living with the past

Philosophy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Date: 3-5 June 2011

Keynote speakers:             
Howard McGary (Rutgers)
Lionel K. McPherson (Tufts)

In 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives issued an apology to African Americans for the practice of slavery and subsequent Jim Crow laws. In the same year, the Australian government issued a formal apology to its aboriginal peoples for policies that "inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss". In South Africa, the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” was tasked with responding to past wrongdoing through discovering and publishing the truth about the past, and through giving victims a forum, as well as (in theory) reparations. This conference explores certain moral issues arising from the above and similar responses to past wrongdoing, with a focus, but not an exclusive focus, on group wrongdoing.

Questions to be addressed by the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:
·      How should we respond to past atrocities?
·      Is the notion of collective guilt defensible?
·      Does accepting an apology where there have been no reparations compromise the victims?
·      Are reparations still required generations after the original victims of atrocity have died? What alternatives are there to reparations?
·      What are the moral obligations of the descendents of the perpetrators of atrocity to the descendents of the victims of atrocity?

Deadline for submission of papers: 30 March 2011

Papers should be sent to <> , and should be suitable for presentation in no more than 40 minutes (i.e. 3500 to 4000 words).

International Society for Cultural History annual conference 

History – memory – myth: Re-presenting the past.

Oslo, August 3rd to 6th, 2011

From the upper part of Blindern Campus. Foto: Arthur Sand

The conference theme "re-presenting the past" communicates with the international and interdisciplinary field of collective memory, which has grown considerably during the last decades. Studies of commemorations and festivals, monuments, exhibitions and museums, historical films and narratives are now numerous. Terms such as social memory, collective or collected memory, kulturelle Gedächtnis, lieux de mémoire, the presence of the past and the use of history all illustrate the scholarly interest in how the past – or images of it – is constructed, composed, negotiated and built up, but also demolished, dismantled and rejected. This constructional work has been investigated on the individual level, concerning personal memories and private history. Studies in this field have also focused on processes of nation building, the construction of ethnical or other group identities, and heritage care and preservation.

Second call for papers is now open! Dead-line is 15th of  february 2011. Look Call of Sessions and Papers for more information.

Please note that to give a paper, you will have to be a member of ISCH.

The conference is also proud to present a selection of keynote speakers: Tony Bennett, François Hartog, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Yael Zerubavel and James E. Young.

The conference is organized by the Department of Cultural History and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo in cooperation with The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture and Kultrans.

The ISCH2010 was held in Turku May 26th to 30th, 2010.

Time in Culture: Mediation and Representation

28-30 October 2010 
Tartu, Estonia

This year the international autumn conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) focuses on the topic of time as a category which, in every respect, touches upon human agency and entity. Issues of past, present, future and the culture of history (time) are symptomatic to our era. This topic also enables us to intertwine the viewpoints of the different disciplines of cultural research.

This year the international autumn conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) focuses on the topic of time as a category which, in every respect, touches upon human agency and entity. Issues of past, present, future and the culture of history (time) are symptomatic to our era. This topic also enables us to intertwine the viewpoints of the different disciplines of cultural research.



The autumn conference aims at critical and reflexive discussions on the tendencies of how time functions within culture. An additional starting point would be the ways different media construct time within the framework of private, institutional, group specific, etc., interests. The points of departure for discussion would be the following interconnected aspects of the construction and representation of time/temporality:


- The mediality and intertextuality of time; specific genres of mediating time, their socio-cultural, technical, etc., development;

- Agency, private and public aspects in the production and reception of temporality; empowerment and domination in the construction of temporality;

- Institutional (museum, archive, school, church, etc.) and group specific usage of time and its means of mediation;

- The domain of the category of time in social and culture studies; the concept and discussion of time in different disciplines and approaches; how we use concepts based on time to define our objects of study, how the times on object- and meta-levels are related.


The keynote speakers are Eviatar Zerubavel (Rutgers University, USA),Gunther Kress (University of London, UK) and Carmen Leccardi (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy). The aim of the conference is to dislocate the established topography of the academic landscape and – focusing on the consciousness of time in culture – encourage research that leads to presentations employing the possibilities of several disciplines. Joint presentations by researchers from different research fields are preferred. A conference fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement for accommodation and travel costs for conference guests. More information about accommodation choices will be provided in July 2010. Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published in the CECT compendium.


Additional information: Monika Tasa, 

CECT home page:


CALL FOR PAPERS – FRIAS-Workshop 'Breaking up Time. Settling the Borders between the Present, the Past and the Future', Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, School of History,  Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, 7 – 9 April 2011.

Organizers: Chris Lorenz (FRIAS / VU University Amsterdam) & Berber Bevernage (University of Ghent)

Since the birth of modernity history has presupposed the existence of ‘the past’ as its object, yet the concept of ‘the past’ and the distinction between the categories of ‘the past’, ‘the present’ and ‘the future’ have seldom been reflected upon within the boundaries of the discipline. Indeed the question of time has largely been omitted from the agenda of history.

We feel that it is about time for historians and philosophers of history to start to analyze how cultures in general and historians in particular actually distinguish ‘the past’ from ‘the present’ and ‘the future’, and how their interrelationships are constructed: is distinguishing between past, present and future simply a matter of passively ‘recognizing’ or ‘observing’, what is ‘natural’ and ‘undeniable’, or does it involve a more active stance in which social actors create and recreate these divisions? Can we claim to know precisely how ‘present’ social and cultural phenomena turn into (or come to be perceived/recognized as) past phenomena?

It seems worthwhile to make a connection between the historical and the philosophical debates about the temporal distinctions between ‘past’, ‘present’ and ‘future’. What have so far been lacking are comparative analyses of the variety of ways in which historians and historical actors have been breaking up time in practice. Both historians and philosophers have emphasized the role played by catastrophic political ruptures, for example revolutions and major wars, in ‘breaking up time’.  However, the effects of these ‘transformative events’ on notions of temporality  have hardly been studied in a comparative perspective and as ‘performative’ events. ‘Year 1’ in the French Revolution and ‘Stunde Null’ in post-1945 Germany probably are two of the most  well known examples of this type of event in ‘the past’, but the end of the Cold War in 1990 may be considered as the most ‘epoch  making’ event in ‘the present’.

The workshop solicits papers which focus on (preferably two) ‘transformative events’ and compare the ways in which they have recalibrated thinking about the relationship between the ‘past’, ‘present’ and ‘future’. The temporal framework of the workshop covers classical and high modernity, that is: from 1789 until today. As to the spatial framework the workshop is subdivided in three clusters: 1. Europe; 2. Europe and its colonies; 3.Europe and non-colonial ‘outer-Europe’.

Please send proposals of maximum 500 words before 15 September 2010 to Chris Lorenz () and Berber Bevernage (). You will be notified about the acceptance of your contribution and the preliminary program in early November 2010.FRIAS will reimburse accommodation and travel costs of the participants. Papers submitted to the workshop will be considered for publication.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Lynn Hunt (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • François Hartog (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
  • Constantin Fasolt (University of Chicago)
  • Sebastian Conrad (European University Institute, Florence)
  • Peter Osborne (Middlesex University, London)
  • Aziz Al-Azmeh (Central European University, Budapest)
  • Lucian Hölscher (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Peter Fritzsche (University of Illinois)

For more information see website: