After Auschwitz: The Memory, Meaning and Representation of the Holocaust Symposium at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Keynote speaker: Dr. Daniel Magilow, Assistant Professor of German, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Undergraduate and graduate students, secondary school teachers, artists, scholars and community members are invited to submit papers/creative presentations for this day-long symposium. We seek presentations and research papers, 15-20 minutes in length, which engage aspects of the broad complex topic of the memory, meaning, and representation of the Holocaust in a number of ways. Topics could include but are not limited to:
-how do we remember, teach and study that which is said to be unrepresentable and to be beyond rational explanation?
-how do artistic productions—visual, literary, theatrical, etc.—shape understanding of the Holocaust?
-how can the Holocaust be re/presented to a contemporary world where genocide is a continuing reality?
-how have recent genocide and terrorist events shaped or leant urgency to Holocaust studies?
-what are the implications and weight of bearing witness and the experiences of survivors in the face of producing secondary knowledge and collective memory?
This day-long symposium is one of the focal events designed to promote dialogue and learning about the Holocaust and genocide that is being planned around the joint exhibition of the powerful holocaust paintings of Fritz Hirschberger, which will be on view at Augustana College’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery and the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center. Fritz Hirschberger (1912-2004) received his artistic training in Germany during the 1930s. As a Jew of Polish descent, he escaped Germany, only to be conscripted into the Polish army, sentenced to a Russian labor camp, then conscripted back into the military to fight in Palestine, North Africa, and later Italy. Most of his family died in the concentration camps. Only after decades of suppressing his Holocaust memories, Hirschberger began to confront ideas of history, memory, complicity, and what it means to be a survivor in two large series of paintings: The Fifth Horseman and Indifference—the Sur-Rational Paintings. Links to images of the artwork can be found at:
One-page description of presentation, and cv or description of panelist’s background (students, please include name and contact information of faculty advisor) due by December 15, 2008 to symposium coordinator Lindsay Twa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This symposium and lecture is funded in part by Augustana College’s Mellon Fund Committee, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation; and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller
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