Dr Noah Shenker, Frames of Memory: Documenting Holocaust Testimonies

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Date(s) - 23/05/2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Menzies Building, Clayton Campus, Monash


Friday 23 May, 12-1pm, Faculty Seminar Room

(Room E561, Building 11, Clayton campus)

Archives that were once dedicated to recording Holocaust testimonies are no longer exclusively devoting themselves to that endeavour as communities of living survivors continue to dwindle.  Instead, they are now also grappling with the challenges of harnessing their preexisting testimonies for pedagogical, historical, and humanitarian purposes, including raising awareness of contemporary genocides. This talk explores the myriad, often taken for granted ways that audiovisual Holocaust testimonies are mediated by the institutional and cultural histories and practices of archives, memorials, and museums. That framing of testimonies in turn impacts the limits and possibilities of how they are produced and interpreted and in many cases utilised as models for documenting events beyond the Shoah.


Enquires to convenor: Tim.Verhoeven@monash.edu