International conference hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Jewish Museum (8TH-10TH sEPTEMBER)
Tuesday 10 September
Visual Culture and the Holocaust I:
Robert Katz (University of Maine at Augusta, USA): “Were The House Still Standing: Exploring topography of Jewish memory through an innovative approach to digital and visual storytelling.”
With Professor Douglas Quin, Professor Katz will present video segments of an installation that presents the stories of sixteen Jewish citizens of the State of Maine who witnessed the Nazi Holocaust. It focuses upon the testimony of the men and women who experienced the Holocaust. Our storytellers reconstruct details of their lives in Europe prior to the onslaught of antisemitic campaigns and persecution. With poignant detail, the participants in our project invite us into their homes and recount the suffering endured by their families, the destruction of their synagogues and Jewish communities as Nazi forces swept through their villages. Through their active recollection of the past, these individuals retrace their traumatic experiences. Their testimony is a mixture of pain, joy, bewilderment and fierce determination.
Visual culture and the Holocaust II
Rosa Reicher (University of Heidelberg, Germany): “The Visible of Holocaust commemoration in the context of cultural industries in Britain”.
Diana I. Popescu (University of Southampton, UK): “The art of making iconic images of the Holocaust appear ‘strange’ in recent works by Jewish artists”.
Sarah Lightman (University of Glasgow,UK), “The Book of Sarah”: text/image project that exhibited at Occupy My Time Gallery, London, May 2013.
Visual print culture
Sam Johnson (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), “Seeing the Jew: French and Russian antisemitic visual culture before the First World War”.
Andrew Fogel (), “Superman’s Jewishness”.
Agnieszka Jagodzińska (University of Wrocław, Poland): “The case of Jewish Advocate for the Young. Images of Jews in a 19th century British missionary periodical for children.”