(Hi)stories of Holocaust Memory - Jewish Thought in Modern Culture

Invitation to conference and Conference and Ph.D.-course (Hi)Stories of Holocaust Memory. Please find the information for following below. We have invited a number of interesting speakers from the UK  (University of Leeds) and the US (Vanderbilt University)

Conference and PhD course: (Hi)Stories of Holocaust Memory

A seminar by the Center for the Study of Thought in Modern Culture (CJMC)
Organized by Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt, Jessica Ortner, Joseph Ballan and Kirsten Heinsohn


Remembrance of the Holocaust is no longer the concern of single individuals. Today, the event of the Holocaust has become an important factor in formal policy-making and politics – especially in the EU, which defines itself as bastion against genocide and war (cf. Levy/Sznaider, The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age, 2006). The Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust that took place in the year 2000 and that founded the “Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education” was a catalyst for this development (cf. European Cultural Memory Post-89, ed. by Mithander/Sundholm/Velicu, 2013). Therefore, contemporary artistic representations and historiographical accounts of the Holocaust are not merely occupied with the event itself. They also put into play the classical canon of Holocaust literature, the global circulation of iconic Holocaust memories, the important, but not unambiguous role that the Holocaust plays in present identity politics (especially in the EU and in Israel), and the ongoing conflicts and debates prompted by accounts and theories of the Holocaust. This conference and PhD course addresses questions of how literature, art and music as well as historiographical accounts reflect experiences of the Holocaust. How do artistic representations of the Holocaust react to the inevitable lack of authentic connection to the event itself? What is the significance of trauma discourse in present research in Holocaust narratives? And what are the historical roots for the politics of national and transnational identity?

See the programme here

Registration: Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt siegum@hum.ku.dk