Digital Holocaust Memory – Online Discussion with …
Dr. Carmelle Stephens, Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls, Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Dr. Tomasz Łysak, Dr. Victoria Grace Walden and Imogen Dalziel
Wednesday 15th July 13:30-15:00 British Summer Time
Digital technologies are increasingly used to remember, research and teach about the Holocaust. In this online discussion, an international and interdisciplinary panel of academics working with and on digital media in different ways will introduce the significance of technology to their research and together will explore some of the key debates about using digital Holocaust memory.
- What do we mean by digital Holocaust memory? What does this term encapsulate? Is it too vague?
- To what extent are digital technologies being used simply to remediate other media forms and logics, historically used for Holocaust memory?
- What are the limitations or challenges of specific digital platforms, tools and technologies?
- Should we be concerned about introducing digital technology into Holocaust memory?
- To what extent can digital technologies transform how we do Holocaust memory, research and education?
Monday 18th May 2020 – 14:00-15:30 (BST)
Join us for an online roundtable discussion reflecting upon Holocaust memory and education practices during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Speakers include:
- Stephen D. Smith (Finci-Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation, California)
- Heather Blumenthal (Director of the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre)
- Anna Hirsh (Senior Archivist, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne)
- Louise Stafford (Director of Learning, National Holocaust Centre and Museum, UK)
2020 was the year in which many 75th anniversaries related to the Holocaust and the end of World War II were to be marked with commemorative events and education programmes. However, many of these were cancelled, happened with staff-only behind closed doors, or moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As many countries around the world begin to consider plans to emerge from lockdown in the coming months, we are certainly looking towards a ‘new normal’. Whilst social distancing and other measures that will remain in place for some time present restrictions, such a moment also encourages us to reflect on the opportunities regarding how we might define the future of Holocaust education, memory and heritage practice, particularly in terms of the integration of digital technologies. In this roundtable event, our panel will consider what might this new normal look like for organisations dedicated to Holocaust memory and education, and what have we learnt from experiences working during these unprecedented times?
Monday 11th May 2020
The research from this project has never felt more timely than in the previous two months, and therefore it was with keenness that I applied to speak at my first international Zoom conference held by West Galilee College, Israel ‘Holocaust Research in Challenging Times’.
There appeared to be two, equally appropriate, responses to this call: (1) Holocaust research continuing during challenging times and (2) research about continuing Holocaust memory, research and education under lockdown conditions. My presentation (below) ‘Holocaust Commemoration from Physical Togetherness to Online Only’ was presented alongside an engaging panel of discussions about technology, testimony, photographs, and post-nostalgia and third generation ‘memory’.
Monday 4th May 2020
My public lecture for the wonderful Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre from last Thursday (30th April) is now available in-full on YouTube and below: