Network Members

Steering Group

♦   Dr Sara Jones, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham (Principal Investigator and Theme Lead, Workshop 3)

Sara has a particular interest in the impact of mediation on testimony in different cultural forms and the relationship between culture and transitional justice. She has published widely on this topic in relation to memorial museums, autobiography, documentary film, and online discussion forums. See especially:

♦   Professor Roger Woods, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham (Co-Investigator and Theme Lead, Workshop 1)

Roger has worked on various forms of German life-writing from the First World War, the Nazi period, and the GDR. He has explored how life-writing is used and misused as testimony, and is particularly interested in what cultural forms of testimony can add to our understanding of everyday life under authoritarian regimes. His publications include:

♦   Professor Alison Lewis, Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne (Theme Lead, Workshop 1)

Alison has published extensively on German literature and culture, specifically on modern German literature (1800-), women’s writing, the politics of literature, film, the German Democratic Republic, German unification, the East German secret police, the history of intellectuals, memory and the communist past, Weimar and literary modernism and the Cold War. Her publications relevant to the network include:

♦   Professor Bill Niven, History, Languages and International Studies, Nottingham Trent University (Theme Lead, Workshop 1)

♦   James Griffiths, Director of Education, National Holocaust Centre and Museum (Theme Lead, Workshop 2)

James’ main interests include exploring strategies to engage schools and their students with Holocaust education. Over the last three years, James has focussed on the role Holocaust education plays in increasing historical knowledge and understanding and changing individual attitudes. James is currently a member of the Centre’s Steering Groups for the ‘Forever Project’ and ‘Virtualisation Project’.

♦   Dr. Alan Marcus, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Connecticut;  Faculty Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow (Theme Lead, Workshop 2)

Alan’s scholarship focuses on history education, specializing in museum education and teaching with film with an emphasis on studying World War II and the Holocaust. Alan collaborates with museum educators across the United States and internationally and runs a study abroad field experience for his pre-service teachers to WWII historic sites and museums in Europe. His publications include:

♦   Dr Gary Mills, Education, University of Nottingham (Theme Lead, Workshop 2)

♦   Professor Éva Kovács, Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences / Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (Theme Lead, Workshop 2)

Éva has a particular interest in narrative biographical methods of social sciences and the role of testimony in history writing with an emphasis on studying both the Shoah and contemporary post-Socialist societies. She co-founded the audiovisual archive “Voices of the Twentieth Century” in Budapest. She has published widely on this topic in relation to memory studies, biographical methods and historiography. See especially:

♦   Codruta Pohrib, Literature and Arts, Maastricht University (Theme Lead, Workshop 3)

Codruta Pohrib is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University, Netherlands, carrying out research funded by the Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO). Her research interests include cultural memory, media and memory, life writing and testimony, post-communism, and post-communist LGBT/queer activism. Codruta’s doctoral project investigates post-communist memory politics in Romania through the lens of generational discourse. The focus lies on the sociobiographical construction of a Romanian “latchkey generation” discourse in social media and print autobiographies and autofictions. What attachment and detachments from the socialist past are configured in this generational discourses? What power dynamics are present? How do different memory genres work to locate memory in generational frames? Her most recent publications include:

♦   Dr Alan McCully, Education, Ulster University (Theme Lead, Workshop 3)

♦   Helen Tatlow, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham (Research Assistant)

Helen is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham. Her research looks at the works of the German writer Heinrich von Kleist in anglophone translation and adaptation, with a particular interest in how the cultural and historical context of  production affects a target text.

Network Members

♦   Carmen Francesca Banciu, Romanian novelist

♦   Professor Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Centre for Conflict Research, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Susanne’s research focuses on transitional justice. She is particularly interested in conceptional approaches, memorialisation and gender perspectives. Her publications include:

♦   Professor William Dodd, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham

Bill’s interests are in the area of German discourse history since ca. 1900, and particularly in the discourses on language as a vehicle of knowledge and memory. His recent work has been on the conceptualization of exile, including inner exile, in the context of National Socialism, and the history of the discourse on Nazism and language from the 1920s to the present day. His book publications include

♦  Carles Fernández Giua (Director) and Eugenio Szwarcer (Video and Set designer), La Conquesta del Pol Sud, 

La Conquesta del Pol Sud  are interested in history; in particular they like to show how individual stories are incorporated in the whole. Carles and Eugenio create shows that mix journalistic investigation, theater and visual poetry. Their plays are based on their curiosity. They like to travel and to get involved. The company produces documentary theater by working with the main characters and facts on stage and putting these individual and unique stories into the perspective of “The one and only HISTORY”! You can find out more at and watch trailers of “Claudia” (2016) and “Nadia” (2014) by clicking on the links.


♦   Dr Agata Fijalkowski, Law School, Lancaster University

Agata’s main research interest is in transitional criminal justice in post-dictatorial and post-conflict states. Her current research project explores the experience of the law through the analysis of archival material comprising images taken at trials in Albania, East Germany and Poland. The study demonstrates the way that alternative dispute solutions in certain societies highlight justice roles and document atrocities that legal proceedings are not able to approach. Her publications include:

♦   Professor Paul Gready, Applied Human Rights, University of York

♦   Dr Ute Hirsekorn, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham

♦   Dr Nigel Hunt, Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Nigel is a psychologist with an interest in war trauma, not only from the perspective of the individual but also the interaction between the person and the society in which they live, and how this interaction has an impact on psychological outcome. Culture is a critical component of this. While there are universal problems associated with trauma, there are also factors that relate to specific cultures. He has conducted research across a range of cultures including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

♦   Dr Christian Karner, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Christian is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Nottingham. His areas of research include national identities and nationalism, particularly in Austria, ethnicity, memory studies and urban sociology. His relevant books include:

♦   Elizabeth Kendrick, Nottingham Trent University

Elizabeth is a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, funded via the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.  The focus of herresearch is on the digitisation and virtual future of Holocaust survivor testimony using as a case study The National Holocaust Centre and Museum’s ‘Forever Project’.  She has a particular interest in how cultural mediations and technology shape Holocaust survivor testimony, and whether advances in 3D video testimony can provide us with a suitable substitution for ‘live’ survivor testimony.

♦   Dr Stephanie Lewthwaite, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham

Stephanie works in the field of US Latino history and culture. She has a particular interest in Latino visual culture and is currently researching the connection between historical trauma, memory and place in contemporary art. See especially:

♦   Dr Sofia Mason, Modern Languages, Literatures and Culture, Royal Holloway

Sofia specialises in Latin American women’s testimonial literature and its connections to social and political movements in the region. She is interested in testimony as it forms part of counter-hegemonic cultures and testimony’s role in the prevention of erasure of marginalised accounts of politicised conflicts.

♦   Dr Franziska Meyer, Culture, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham

♦   Professor Martin Sabrow, Director of the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam; Chair of the Expert Commission for the Creation of a Historical Network “Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship”

Professor Sabrow’s research focuses on the history of the 20th century, history of historiography and historical culture. His recent publications include:

♦   Dr Joanne Sayner, Media, Culture and Heritage, University of Newcastle

Joanne’s research specialisms focus on the media of memory with particular emphasis on the gendered dimensions of remembering in contemporary culture.

♦   Melissa Schuh, Comparative Literature, Queen Mary

Melissa is particularly interested in literary autobiography by novelists as a creative form of testimony, which appears as a product of narrative strategies, aimed at testifying to the writing life as a complex, difficult and fraught entanglement of contradictions. See especially:

♦   Dr Isabel Wollaston, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham


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