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:
- Sara Jones (2014), The Media of Testimony: Remembering the East German Stasi in the Berlin Republic. Basingstoke: Palgrave
- Sara Jones (2015), “‘Simply a little piece of GDR history’? The Role of Memorialisation in Transitional Justice in Germany”, History and Memory, 27.1: 154-181
♦ 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:
- Roger Woods (2014), “The Referential and the Relational: Victor Klemperer’s Diaries in the Nazi Years“, Journal of War & Culture Studies, 7.4: 336 – 349.
- Roger Woods (2013), “Walter Kempowski’s Das Echolot. Abgesang ’45 from Archive to Print”, German Life and Letters, 66.4: 416–431
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:
- Alison Lewis (2003), Die Kunst des Verrats: der Prenzlauer Berg und die Staatssicherheit. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
- Alison Lewis (2009), Eine schwierige Ehe: Liebe, Geschlecht und die Geschichte der Wiedervereinigung im Spiegel der Literatur. Freiburg: Rombach.
- Alison Lewis, Valentina Glajar and Corina L. Petrescu, eds (2016),Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc: Between Surveillance and Life Writing (forthcoming with Camden House)
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:
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:
- Éva Kovács, András Lénárt, Anna Lujza Szász (2014), “Oral History Collections on the Holocaust in Hungary”, SIMON, 2: 1-18
- Éva Kovács (2010), “The Experiences of Hungarian Slave and Forced Labourers”. In: Alexander von Plato, Almut Leh, and Christoph Thonfeld (eds.), Hitler’s Slaves. Life Stories of Forced Labourers in Nazi-Occupied Europe. Oxford/New York: Berghahn, 124-137
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:
- Codruta Pohrib (2015), “The Afterlives of Communist Things: Archiving Feeling in Post-Communist Romania”, European Journal of Cultural Studies. Published online before print, 16 August.
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.
Carmen Francesca Banciu, Romanian novelist
Susanne’s research focuses on transitional justice. She is particularly interested in conceptional approaches, memorialisation and gender perspectives. Her publications include:
- Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Stefanie Schäfer, eds (2014), Memorials in Times of Transition. Antwerp: Intersentia
- Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Teresa Koloma Beck, Chrisitan Braun and Friederike Mieth, eds (2014), Transitional Justice Theories. Abington: Routledge
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
- William Dodd, ed (2013), “Der Mensch hat das Wort”: Der Sprachdiskurs in der Frankfurter Zeitung 1933-1943. Mit einem Geleitwort von Günther Gillessen. Berlin: de Gruyter
- William Dodd (2007), Jedes Wort wandelt die Welt. Dolf Sternbergers politische Sprachkritik. Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen
(Director) and Eugenio Szwarcer (Video and Set designer), La Conquesta del Pol Sud,
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:
- Agata Fijalkowski and Raluca Grosescu, eds (2015), Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies. Cambridge: Intersentia
- Agata Fijalkowski (2015), “Musine Kokalari and the Power of Images: Law, Aesthetics and Memory Regimes in the Albanian Experience”, The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 28.3: 577-602
Professor Paul Gready, Applied Human Rights, University of York
Dr Ute Hirsekorn, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, 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.
- Nigel Hunt (2010), Memory, War and Trauma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Nigel Hunt and Sue McHale (2008), “Memory and Meaning: Individual and Social Aspects of Memory Narratives“, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 13: 42-58
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:
- Christian Karner and Bram Mertens, eds (2013), The Use and Abuse of Memory: Interpreting World War II in Contemporary European Politics. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction
- Christian Karner (2011), Negotiating National Identities: Between Globalization, the Past and ‘the Other’. Abingdon: Routledge
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.
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:
- Stephanie Lewthwaite (2016), “Recovering Mestiza Genealogies in Contemporary New Mexican Art: Delilah Montoya’s El Sagrado Corazón (1993)”, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 37.1: 118-150
- Stephanie Lewthwaite (2016), “‘Seeing in the Dark”: The Aesthetics of Disappearance and Remembrance in the Work of Alberto Rey”, Journal of American Studies (published online 25 May 2016)
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:
- Martin Sabrow (2016), Erich Honecker. Das Leben davor 1912-1945. Munich: C.H. Beck
- Martin Sabrow and Thomas Lindenberger (eds) (2012), German Zeitgeschichte. Konturen eines Forschungsfeldes. Göttingen: Wallstein
- Marting Sabrow and Thomas Lindenberger (eds) (2012), 1989 und die Rolle der Gewalt. Göttingen: Wallstein
- Martin Sabrow (ed.) (2009), Erinnerungsorte der DDR. Munich: C.H. Beck
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.
- Joanne Sayner (2013), Reframing Antifascism: Memory, Genre and the Life Writings of Greta Kuckhoff. Basingstoke: Palgrave
- Helmut Peitsch and Joanne Sayner (2015), “Tendentiousness and Topicality: Buchenwald and Antifascism as Sites of GDR Memory”, German Politics and Society, 33.1: 100-118
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:
- Melissa Schuh (2015), “The (Un)making of a Novelist’s Self – ‘Late Style’ in Günter Grass’s and J. M. Coetzee’s Autobiographical Writing”. In Kerstin Shands, Giulia Grillo Mikrut, Dipti R.Pattanaik , Karen Ferreira-Meyers (eds), Writing the Self: Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction. Stockholm: Södertörn University Press
Dr Isabel Wollaston, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham