Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

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Conference: "Trauma, Memory, Media"

Published on 18 May, 2015

At CJMC (Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture), University of Copenhagen, 7-9 October 2015.

Information from the organizer:

This interdisciplinary conference, workshop and PhD course is dedicated to an analysis of interviews with Holocaust survivors. An exemplary recording from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University will be discussed from multiple perspectives, including psychoanalysis and psychiatry, media sociology, the anthropology of witnessing, and existential phenomenology.

We will focus on specific hermeneutic problems surfacing in audiovisual Holocaust testimonies: How are we to interpret manifestations of the absent within the re-presented? Trying to clarify how meaning can be aligned with silences, halts and stutters, ‘blank spaces’ in disrupted speech, bewildered looks and gestures, our aim is not only to explore the contents of these accounts, but also to reflect upon the role of the medium used to convey them (video interviews combining narrative and image).

An investigation of these very complex sources is vital when we address such questions as:

What do these witness accounts show concerning the problem of articulating and coping with a traumatic, nearly unbearable past? How may interlocutors respond to Holocaust testimonies in a manner that minimizes the risk of re-traumatization? And, last but not least, how can compassionate listeners guard themselves against secondary traumatization?

Confirmed speakers: Daniel Dayan, Dori Laub, Amit Pinchevski, and Rachel Rosenblum

Organized by Claudia Welz

Funded by the PhD School of the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen; the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen; and CEMES: Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen

Registration: PhD students must register with Claudia Welz (cwe@teol.ku.dk)

More information available here.

This interdisciplinary conference, workshop and PhD course is dedicated to an analysis of interviews with Holocaust survivors. An exemplary recording from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University will be discussed from multiple perspectives, including psychoanalysis and psychiatry, media sociology, the anthropology of witnessing, and existential phenomenology.
We will focus on specific hermeneutic problems surfacing in audiovisual Holocaust testimonies: How are we to interpret manifestations of the absent within the re-presented? Trying to clarify how meaning can be aligned with silences, halts and stutters, ‘blank spaces’ in disrupted speech, bewildered looks and gestures, our aim is not only to explore the contents of these accounts, but also to reflect upon the role of the medium used to convey them (video interviews combining narrative and image).
An investigation of these very complex sources is vital when we address such questions as: What do these witness accounts show concerning the problem of articulating and coping with a traumatic, nearly unbearable past? How may interlocutors respond to Holocaust testimonies in a manner that minimizes the risk of re-traumatization? And, last but not least, how can compassionate listeners guard themselves against secondary traumatization?
Confirmed speakers: Daniel Dayan, Dori Laub, Amit Pinchevski, and Rachel Rosenblum
Organized by Claudia Welz
Funded by the PhD School of the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen; the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen; and CEMES: Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen
PhD students must register with Claudia Welz (cwe@teol.ku.
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