Reading about Digital Holocaust Memory

I have the great honour this summer to work with students on the University of Haifa’s MA in Holocaust Studies . Below is some of the reading I suggest to students who are interested in pursuing research in this area. Hyperlinks go to available online resources, they are mostly only available with a university login unfortunately.

Thank you to Mykola Makhortykh for suggestions via Facebook and to Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann for further sources, now incorporated into the list. Let’s keep this generative – I welcome further recommendations with links in the comments section at the bottom of this post. 

Holocaust Museums and the Digital

Blanke, Tobias, Michael Bryant and Mark Hedges (2019) ‘Understanding memories of the Holocaust – A new approach to neural networks in the digital humanities’, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 01/08/2019

Brown, Adam and Deb Waterhouse-Watson (2014) ‘The Future of the Past: Digital Media in Holocaust Museums’, Holocaust Studies 20 (3), pp. 1-32

Chronakis, Paris Papamichos (2018) ‘From the Lone Survivor to the Networked Self: Social Networks Meet the Digital Holocaust Archive’, Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History (13) [This entire edition of Quest is a special on the digital and the Holocaust] 

Frosh, Paul (2018) ‘’The mouse, the screen and the Holocaust Witness: Interface aesthetics and moral responses’, New Media and Society 20 (1), pp. 351-368  

Hartman, Geoffrey (2001) ‘Tele-Suffering and Testimony in the Dot Com Era’, in Visual Culture and the Holocaust ed Barbie Zelizer, London: the Athlone Press

Hoskins, Andrew (2003) ‘Signs of the Holocaust: Exhibiting Memory in a Mediated Age’, Media, Culture and Society, 25 (1), pp. 7-22

Kansteiner (2017) ‘Transnational Holocaust Memory, Digital Culture and the End of Reception Studies’, The Twentieth Century in European Memory: Trasnscultural Mediation and Reception, Leiden and Boston: Brill

Kansteiner, Wulf (2014) ‘Genocide Memory, Digital Cultures, and the Aesthetization of Violence’, Memory Studies 7 (4), pp. 403-8

Presner, Todd (2016) ‘The Ethics of the Algorthim: Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive’ in Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture ed Claudio Fogu, Wulf Kansteiner and Todd Presner, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press

Reading, Anna (2003) ‘Digital Interactivity in Public Memory Institutions: The Uses of New Technologies in Holocaust Museums’, Media, Culture and Society 25 (1), pp. 67-85

Shandler, Jeffrey (2017) Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices, Stanford: Stanford University Press

Trezie, Bryoni (2011) ‘Touching Virtual Trauma: Performative Empathies in Second Life’, Memory Studies 5 (4), pp. 392-409

Walden, Victoria Grace (2019) ‘Digital Augmentation, Assemblage and the Actual and the Virtual’ and ‘Epilogue’ in Cinematic Intermedialities and Contemporary Holocaust Memory, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Walden, Victoria Grace (2019) ‘What is Virtual Holocaust Memory?’ Memory Studies [online first]

Walden, Victoria Grace [ongoing] www.digitalholocaustmemory.com (always welcomes guest blogs that thinking critically and academically about digital Holocaust memory projects).

 

Holocaust Memory and Social Media

Bareither, Christoph (2020) ‘Difficult Heritage and Digital Media: ‘Selfie Culture’ and Emotional Practices at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, [online first]

Bothe, Alina (2014) ‘Negotiationg Digital Shoah Memory on YouTube, in Digital Diversities: Social Media and Intercultural Experience eds. Gary Robson, Malgorzata Zachara and Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 256-72

Commane, Gemma and Rebekah Potton (2018) ‘Instagrm and Auschwitz: A Critical Assessment of the Impact Social Media has on Holocauts Representation’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 25 (1-2), pp. 158-181

de Bruyn, Dieter (2010) ‘World War 2.0: Commemorating War and Holocaust in Poland through Facebook’, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media 4, pp. 45-62

Lundrigan, Meghan (2020) ‘#Holocaust #Auschwitz: Performing Holocaust Memory on Social Media’, in A Companion to the Holocaust edted by Simone Gigliotti and Hilary Earl, Hoboken NJ and Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley 

Makhortykh, Mykola (2019) ‘Nuturing the Pain: Audiovisual Tributes to the Holocaust on YouTube’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 25 (4), pp. 441-66

Makhortykh, Mykola (2017) ‘Framing the Holocaust Online: Memory of the Babi Yar Massacres on Wikipedia’, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media 18, pp.67-94

Makhortykh, Mykola (2017) ‘War Memories and Online Encyclopedias: Framing 30 June 1941 in Wikipedia, Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society 9 (2), pp. 40-68

Menyhért, Anna (2017) ‘Digital Trauma Processing in Social Media Groups: Transgenerational Holocaust Trauma on Facebook’, The Hungariam Historical Review 6 (2), pp. 355-376

Pfanzelter, Eva (2015) ‘At the crossroads with public history: mediating the Holocaust on the Internet’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 21 (4), pp. 250-71

Walden, Victoria Grace (2015) ‘New Ethical Questions and Social Media: Young People’s Construction of Holocaust Memory Online’, Frames Cinema Journal

Wolniewicz-Slomka, Daniel (2016) ‘Framing the Holocaust in popular knowledge: 3 articles about the Holocaust in English, Hebrew and Polish Wikipedia’, Adeptus 8, pp. 30-49

Zalewska, Maria (2017) ‘Selfies from Auschwitz: Rethinking the Relationship Between Spaces of Memory and Places of Commemoration in the Digital Age’, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media 18, pp. 95-116.

 

Digital Memory and Media Witnessing

Ellis, John (2012) Documentary: Witness and Self-revelation, London: Routledge.

Ernst, Wolfgang (2013) ‘Part II: Temporality and the Multimedial Archive’, in Digital Memory and the Archive, Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press

Frosh, Paul and Amit Pinchevski (2011) ‘Introduction: Why Media Witnessing? Why Now?’ in Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication ed. Frosh and Pinchevski, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Frosh, Paul and Amit Pinchevski (2011) Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication

Hoskins, Andrew (2018) ‘Memory of the multitude: the end of collective memory’, in Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition ed Andrew Hoskins, New York and London: Routledge

Hoskins, Andrew (2016) ‘Memory ecologies’, Memory Studies 9 (3), pp. 348-357

Hoskins, Andrew (2013) ‘The end of decay time’, Memory Studies 6 (3), p. 387-389

Hoskins, Andrew (2011) ‘Media, Memory, Metaphor: Remembering the Collective Turn, Parallax 17 (4), pp. 19-31

Garde-Hansen, Joanne (2009) ‘MyMemories?: Personal Digital Archive Fever and Facebook, in Save As … Digital Memories ed Joanna Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins and Anna Reading, London and New York: Palgrave

Parikka, Jussi (2018) ‘The underpinning time: from digital memory to network microtemporality’, in Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition ed Andrew Hoskins, New York and London: Routledge

Pentzold, Christian and Vivien Sommer (2011) ‘Digital Networked Media and Social Memory: Theoretical Foundations and Implications’, Aurora. Revista de Arte, Midia e Politica 10, pp. 72-85

Peters, John Durham (2011) ‘Witnessing’ in Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication ed. Frosh and Pinchevski, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Pinchevski, Amit (2019) Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Reading, Anna (2009) ‘The Globytal: Towards an Understanding of Globalised Memories in the Digital Age’, in Digital Memories: Exploring Critical Issues eds. Anna Maj and Daniel Riha, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 31-40

Reading, Anna (2009) ‘Memobilia: The Mobile Phone and the Emergence of Wearable Memories’ in Save As … Digital Memories ed Joanna Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins and Anna Reading, London and New York: Palgrave

Reading, Anna (2011) ‘Memory and Digital Media: Six Dynamics of the Globital Memory Field’, in On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age ed Motti Neiger, Oren Meyers and Eyal Zandberg, London and New York: Palgrave

Van Dijck, José (2007) Mediated Memories in the Digital Age, Stanford: Stanford University Press

Wilson, Shaun (2009) ‘Remixing Memory in Digital Media’, in Save As … Digital Memories ed Joanna Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins and Anna Reading, London and New York: Palgrave

 

Critical Digital Media Studies

Bared, Karen (2007) Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning,  Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Bolter, Jay David and Richard Grusin (2000) ‘I Theory’, in Remediation: Understanding New Media, Cambridge MA and London: The MIT Press

Braidotti, Rosi (2013) The Posthuman, Cambridge and Malden, Polity

Castells, Manuel (2000) ‘Toward a Sociology of the Network Society’, Contemporary Sociology 29 (5), pp. 693-699

Cubbit, Sean (1998) Digital Aesthetics, London: Sage Publications

Drushel, Bruce E. and Kathleen German (eds) (2011) The Ethics of Emerging Media: Information, Social Norms, and New Technology, New York and London: Continuum

Friedberg, Anna (2006) The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft, London, UK and Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press

Frosh, Paul (2019) The Poetics of Digital Media, Cambridge, UK and Medford, MA: Polity

Gitelman, Lisa (2006) ‘Introduction: Media as Historical Subjects’, in Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture, Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press

Grau, Oliver (2002) Virtual Art: from Illusion to Immersion, Cambridge MA: The MIT Press

Hansen, Mark B (2015) Feed-Forward: On the Future of Twenty-First-Century Media, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press

Hanse, Mark B (2006) Bodies in Code: Interfaces with Digital Media, New York and London: Routledge

Hansen, Mark B (2004) New Philosophy for New Media, Cambridge MA and London: The MIT Press

Haraway, Donna (2006) ‘A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century, in The International Handbook of Virtual Learning environments ed J Weiss, J Nolan and P Trifonas, Dordrecht: Springer

Kember, Sarah and Joanna Zylinska (2012) Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press

Manovich, Lev (2013) Software Takes Command, New York and London: Bloomsbury

Manovich, Lev (2001) ‘What is New Media?’ in The Language of New Media, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press

McLuhan, Marshall (1964) Understanding Media: The Extension of Man, London and New York: Routledge

Wood, Aylisha (2007) Digital Encounters, New York and London: Routledge

Zielinski, Siegfried (2006) Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means, Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press

Zylinska, Joanna (eds) (2002) The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions of the Body in the Media Age, London and New York: Continuum

 

Rethinking Museums and Memorials and Spectatorship/Participation

Hansen-Glucklich, Jennifer (2014) Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges of Representation, New Bunswick and New Jersey: Rutgers University Press

Griffiths, Alison (2013) Shive Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums and the Immersive View. New York: Columbia Press

Grau, Oliver, Wendy Coones and Viola Rühse (Ed) (2017) Museum and Archive on the Move: Changing Cultural Institutions in the Digital Era, Göttingen: De Gruyer

Kidd, Jenny (2014) Museums in the New Media Landscape: Transmedia, Participation, Ethics, Farnham, UK and Burlington, US: Ashgate.

Landsberg, Alison (2004) Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture, New York: Columbia University Press

Nora, Pierre (1989) ‘Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire, Representations 26, pp. 7-24

Parry, Ross (Ed) (2010) Museums in a Digital Age, London and New York: Routledge

Parry, Ross (2007) Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change, London and New York: Routledge

Simon, Nina (2010) The Participatory Museum, Santa Cruz: MUSEUM

Van Alphen, Ernst (2001) ‘Playing the Holocaust’, Mirroring Evil ed. Norman L. Kleeblatt, New York: Jewish Museum, pp. 65-83.

Young, James (1993) The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning. New Haven and London: Yale University Press

Young, James (2000) ‘David Levinthals’ Mein Kampf: History, Toys, and the Play of Memory’, in At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

 

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