Holocaust Research Institute

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, is the leading academic centre of its kind in Europe. Founded in 2000, we are internationally recognised for our research, teaching, public advocacy and creative work.

The Research Centre’s mission is to promote research into the Holocaust, its origins and aftermath, and to examine the extent to which genocide, war and dictatorship can be understood as defining elements in the history of the twentieth century. It is an international, interdisciplinary forum, bringing together researchers working on different aspects of the Holocaust in areas including history, literary and language studies, film and media studies, philosophy and sociology.




Our core staff and departmental associates include internationally recognised scholars Dan Stone, Robert Eaglestone, Barry Langford, Colin Davis, Andrea Mammone and Ahuvia Kahane amongst others. In the last five years alone, our staff have published and edited over 40 books with major presses, in addition to contributing to academic journals, conferences and both national and international media. Academic research and discussion is at the very heart of the Centre; we continue to run a variety of events including research workshops, postgraduate seminars, and conferences. The Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation is held on our Egham campus on alternate years. Furthermore, every January, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, we hold an annual public lecture, recently renamed the David Cesarani Memorial Lecture in honour of our late colleage, who died in October 2015.

The Centre benefits from links and partnerships with a range of institutions, such as the Imperial War Museum, The Wiener Library, the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University, USA, the Pears Foundation and Yad Vashem, as well as many others.

Royal Holloway is the only university in the UK to run an MA course solely dedicated to the field of Holocaust Studies. Our staff also supervise a large number of PhD students, currently working on topics as diverse as post-war fascism; colonial genocide; museum representations of the Holocaust; Holocaust literature and Israeli foreign policy. We welcome inquiries from potential graduate students in any area of Holocaust and genocide studies, including history, literary and cultural studies, philosophy, film and media studies, cultural studies and sociology.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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