Research Symposium: Rituals of Memory in the Age of the Digital: Museums, Archives, and Memorials

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Date(s) - 29/04/2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm



The Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University – Monash University 

Research Collaboration Academic Workshop


Rituals of Memory in the Age of the Digital:  

Museums, Archives, and Memorials


Tuesday 29 April 2014, 11AM-1PM

Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Building H, Level 8, Room H8.05/06


This symposium addresses the proliferation of digital representation and its impact on aesthetics and ethics across museums, memorials, archives, and public spaces more generally.  Within the context of the museum, conceptions of the digital have transformed both the ‘object’ and the nature of display.  Equally with the digitisation of the archive, the use of the archive – indeed of what counts as an archive – needs to be investigated in light of the advent of the digital.  In terms of memorial and monuments, it is essential to examine how concepts and practises of digital media transform the process of commemoration by reshaping the ritualisation of time which is central to acts of remembrance. The presenters will address these and other pressing questions.



“Video Mapping and the Architectural Facade”

Eran Neuman, Tel Aviv University

“The Status of the Image in the Era of its Digital Reproducibility”

Andrew BenjaminMonash University



Noah Shenker, Monash University


Dr. Eran Neuman is an architect and the head of the Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on postwar architectural history and theory, and digital design methodologies and culture. Eran has lectured widely around the world, including at Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and at Tongji University in Shanghai. Eran’s work is published widely. His most recent books are Performalism: Form and Performance in Digital Architecture (co-edited with Yasha Grobman, 2012), The Labyrinth: Ram Karmi and the Design of Tel Aviv New Central Bus Station (2013), and Shoah Presence: Architectural Representation of the Holocaust (May 2014).


Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought at Monash University.  He has a forthcoming book Towards a Relational Ontology (SUNY Press). His publications include: Working with Walter Benjamin. Recovering a Political Philosophy (EUP, 2013); Architectural Projections (RMIT Press, 2012); Place, Commonality and Judgement: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks(Continuum Books, 2010); Of  Jews and Animals (EUP2010); and Writing Art and Architecture (Re:press Books, 2010).


Dr. Noah Shenker is a lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, where he teaches “The Holocaust in Film,” “Genocide,” and “Trauma and Memory in the Modern World.”  His research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning the Holocaust and genocide, trauma and memory studies, documentary film, and museum studies.  He is the author of “Embodied Memory: The Institutional Mediation of Survivor Testimony in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” in Documentary Testimonies:  Global Archives of Suffering, edited by Bhaskar Sarkar and Janet Walker (Routledge, 2009). His current projects include the journal article entitled “Through the Lens of the Holocaust: Traces of the Shoah in Testimonies of the Cambodian Genocide” and his book Frames of Memory:  Documenting Holocaust Testimonies (forthcoming with Indiana University Press).