Life Writing and Human Rights Symposium, Knowledge Exchange and Public Discussion Panel (June 2017)
These events took place at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide centre from the 14-15th June. They were organised around a series of questions asking how do diverse forms of life narratives respond to the twentieth-century formulation of human rights? In these self-representations can we see, as Joseph Slaughter claims, that ‘ours is at once the Age of Human Rights and the Age of Human Rights Abuse’ (Human Rights Inc., 2007)? They included:
- An academic symposium on ‘Life Narratives and Human Rights’, featuring papers and panels on documentary film, true-crime narratives, novels, comics and teaching human rights in the classroom. The symposium also featured a keynote address and interview with author Mark Gevisser.
- A knowledge exchange event between staff and volunteers from all three centres of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and researchers from the University of Leeds
- A public panel addressing ‘Life Narratives and Human Rights’, featuring Dr Matthew Boswell (University of Leeds), Mark Gevisser, Dr Beate Müller (University of Newcastle) and Professor Robert Beachy (Yonsei University)
Remembering the Holocaust and Genocide in the Digital Age (September 2016)
This programme of public events took place at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre from 5-13 September 2016. Events included:
- Documentary Film Screening: Living in Auschwitz and Koźminek — unknown history, Jews
- Workshop: Holocaust Memory in Poland: Documentary Films and Digital Technologies
- Workshop: The Future of Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age
- Plenary lecture: Imagining Virtual Survivor Testimony: Memory and Education in the Digital Age
- Workshop: Curating Genocide Museums: Storytelling, Objects and Re-enactments
- Postgraduate workshop: Confronting Difficult Pasts
- Workshop: German Holocaust Memorial Sites in the Digital Age
- Academic symposium: Interpreting Trauma and Violence in Africa
- Workshop: Connective Generations: The Family after Atrocity
Transnational Holocaust Memory Conference (January 2015)
Recognizing that Holocaust ‘memory’ (in the broadest sense) is increasingly shaped by transnational forces such as mass migration, global travel and tourism, economic globalization, digital media and the internet, this international conference explored the future of Holocaust memory in shifting international contexts.
- Videos from the conference are available here.
- The programme is available here.
- Abstracts and speaker biographies are available here.
The conference included twelve academic panels, three plenary sessions, a postgraduate workshop and the following free public events:
- Plenary panel with Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer, Eva Hoffman and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.
- Falling to our Knees, a 15 minute play by young people from Escape Contemporary Youth Theatre working in collaboration with Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, followed by a Q&A session with the director and cast.
- Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context, an AHRC-funded public exhibition.