Centre for Studies in Literature

Trauma & Memory: the Holocaust in Contemporary Culture

CSL Annual Conference 2013

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Phyllis Lassner, Northwestern University, USA
  • Sue Vice, University of Sheffield
  • Alan Marcus, University of Aberdeen
  • Shonaleigh Cumbers, Storyteller
Trauma and Memory 2013

About the conference

This two-day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth aims to explore the impact of the Holocaust on contemporary culture. Over the past decades, the memory of the Holocaust has not only become a common cultural consciousness but also a cultural property shared by people all over the world. As the critic Terrence Des Pres puts it, ‘the image of the Holocaust is with us – a memory which haunts, a sounding board for all subsequent evil – in the back of the mind … for all of us now living: we, the inheritors.’ In addition to the accounts of the survivors, the trauma and memories of the Holocaust are now explored in a wide variety of ways: in literature, in film, in Social, Historical and Cultural Studies. The conference aims to assess the role of Holocaust remembrance in contemporary culture.

Pre-Conference Theatre Event: If the Whole Body Dies (a rehearsed reading) & Meaning with acclaimed touring company ‘Voices of the Holocaust’ and American scholar Robert Skloot. 

Further information

For further information, please contact Christine Berberich, Christine.berberich@port.ac.uk

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