Holocaust Legacies: The Transmission of Trauma and Postmemory – Public Keynote Address

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Date(s) - 12/08/2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Caulfield Campus, H116, Monash University



In discussions of second and third generation Holocaust literature and testimony, it is an accepted idea that the trauma of Holocaust survivors is often transmitted from the first to the second and later generations.  I will analyze the “problems” of  the second generation in order to see if their problems can be understood in terms of the trauma of the first generation. I will do this on the basis of literary testimonies, namely Eva Hofmann’s After such Knowledge: Where Memory of the Holocaust Ends and History Begins and Carl Friedman’s Nightfather.

On 10-12 August 2015, Monash University (in partnership with the University of Warwick) will convene a forum focused on the translation of pain across multiple historical and disciplinary perspectives. The forum is titled Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text and Suffering.

The forum will consist of a series of keynote lectures, a small academic symposium, and a larger academic conference. The events are co-sponsored by the Mobility, Translation and Identity Network, the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and the Research Program in Global History.

This public address by Professor Ernst van Alphen on Wednesday 12 August at 6pm will be the Closing Keynote address of the forum.

Ernst van Alphen is Professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands.. His publications in English include Staging the Archive: Art and Photography in Times of New Media (Reaktion Books 2014),  Art in Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought (University of Chicago Press 2005), Armando: Shaping Memory (NAi Publishers 2000) Caught By History: Holocaust Effects In Contemporary Art, Literature, and Theory (Stanford U.P 1997) and Francis Bacon and The Loss of Self (Harvard U.P 1995)

Admission Free; No Prior Bookings