Shannon Fogg currently serves as the interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is also a professor of History in the Department of History & Political Science. Her research has focused on the history of daily life in France during and after the Second World War. She has been particularly interested in the interaction between material concerns (food and housing) and the exclusion of Jews in both rural and urban settings. Her most recent projects have focused on the geography of the Holocaust in Paris as well as international humanitarian aid networks. She has held fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
History of the Second World War, History of the Holocaust, History of Daily Life, Humanitarian Aid, Shortages, Social history, Urban/Spatial history.
The Geography of the Holocaust in Paris
Located far from the ghettos of Eastern Europe and the death camps of Poland, Paris remains an understudied site in Holocaust studies. This research project contributes to collaborative research underway that conceives of a spatialized social history of the Holocaust in France. Drawing on the concepts of the “spatial turn” that utilizes tools developed in geography and the methods and sources of urban history, the project focuses on the 17th arrondissement of Paris – which is not a usually Jewish life associated quarter in the city – to elucidate the social interactions between Jews and non-Jews inscribed within the physical space of streets, apartment buildings, and individual homes.
What can we learn about the material and human impacts of the Jewish persecution in Paris by situating the social history of the period within the urban space of the city? Addressing this question will allow to explore the relationship between pillage, deportation, and restitution within Paris as well as examine the social networks fostered through physical proximity that contributed to expropriation, aid, arrest, rescue, and survival.
Although focused on one geographic space, this study has broader implications for understanding the implementation of genocide as a daily phenomenon that requires the participation of ordinary people and relies on banal bureaucratic procedures for “success.” The potential for comparative analysis across time and space (within Paris, as compared to other European cities, and in other countries and time periods) underlies the project.