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
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]
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
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
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
Shandler, Jeffrey (2017) Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices, Stanford: Stanford University Press
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 [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
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
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
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
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
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.
What to find out more?
- Debunking digital myths
- Listen to leading experts in Holocaust memory talk about their experiences working with digital technologies during lockdown
- A virtual tour for Anne Frank’s birthday
- Physical distancing and Holocaust commemorations during lockdown
- Commemorating Bergen-Belsen digitally
- What’s in a name? Ethical quandaries about naming a Holocaust research project on social media