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Symposium: Contesting/Contested Memories

Date: 9 February 2012 Time: See programme

Venue: FASS Building, MR2-3

Contesting/Contested Memories: The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century

Programme of Events


Thursday 9th February 2012

Location: Bowland North, Seminar Room 2

12:30: Registration

13:00: Welcome - Tony McEnery (Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Lancaster)

Conference Opens: Ruth Wodak and David Seymour (Lancaster, UK)

13:30 - 16:00: Session 1: Chair: Aristotle Kallis (Lancaster, UK)

Andre Gingrich (Vienna, Austria), 'Racism, Modernist Theories and 'Applied' Practices: Anthropology in Germany and Austria during the Nazi years (1933-1945)'

Malgorzata Fabiszak (Poznan, Poland), 'Collective Vs Individual in Text and Image. Discursive Representation and Cognitive Construal'

Joanna B. Michlic (Brandeis, USA/London (LSE), UK), 'The Path of Bringing the Dark to Light: Memory of the Holocaust in Post-communist Europe'

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee Break (Served in FASS Reception)

16:30 - 18:00: Session 2: Chair: Michael Mumford (Amnesty International)

Tracey Skillington (Cork, Ireland), 'UN Holocaust Commemoration in a Post-Secular Age'

David Seymour (Lancaster, UK), 'The Visibility of the Holocaust and the Invisibility of Antisemitism'


Friday 10th February 2012

Location: FASS Building, Meeting Room 2

9:30 - 11:00 - Session 3: Chair: Agata Fijalkowski (Lancaster, UK)

Lars Fischer (CJCR, Cambridge, UK), 'Socialists grappling with the Shoah: Early Post-War Responses'

Helen L. Jones (UClan, Preston, UK), 'The semantics game: Heartbeat Detector/La Question Humaine (2007)'

11:00- 11:15: Tea/Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45 - Session 4: Chair: Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster, UK)

Karin Stoeger (Vienna, Austria), 'Antisemitism in Austrian Media Discourses on the Financial Crisis'

Ruth Wodak (Lancaster, UK), "'That is how it is written in the schoolbooks!': Calculated ambivalence and Holocaust denial in Austria"

12:45 - 13:45 - Break for lunch

13:45 - 14:45: Postgraduate Master Class: Chair: David I. Hanauer (Pennsylvania, USA)

Panel: All Delegates

Alex Scott (Lancaster, 2nd Year PhD Student), 'National Holocaust Memorial Day as Institutionalised Commemoration in Britain'

Elizabeth Ward (Leeds, 1st Year PhD Student), 'Breaking Taboos: Jewish Suffering and Persecution in East German Cinema'

Tim Corbett, (Lancaster, 1st Year PhD Student), 'Beit Olamin? - The Jewish Cemeteries in Munich and Vienna'

14:45 - 15:00: Tea/Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30: Session 5: Chair: David Seymour (Lancaster, UK)

David I. Hanauer (Pennsylvania, USA), 'The Discursive Construction of the Stolper Steine Memorial Project: Official, Educational and Familial Meanings'

Andreas Musolff, (Norwich, UK), 'Metaphorization of Holocaust memory and false historical analogy in antisemitic discourse'


Public Event

Friday 10th February 2012

Location: The Gallery, The Dukes Theatre, Moor Lane, Lancaster

19:00 - 21:00: Shoah's Legacy: Film and the Holocaust>

Chair: Thomas Rohkrämer (Lancaster, UK)


- Mercedes Camino (Lancaster, UK)

- Hugh Castle (Lancaster Royal Grammar School, UK)

- Malgorzata Fabiszak (Poznan, Poland)

- Andre Gingrich (Vienna, Austria)

- Patrick Hagopian (Lancaster, UK)

Conference Closes: Ruth Wodak and David Seymour (Lancaster, UK)


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Ruth Wodak

Organising departments and research centres: Dynamics of Memories, Language, Ideology and Power Group (LIP), Linguistics and English Language


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