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, Honorary Research Fellow (formerly Senior lecturer) UNESCO Centre, School of Education, Ulster University (Theme Lead, Workshop 3)

Alan’s interest in testimony is in the role that it might play in history and citizenship classrooms in helping young people to better understand how the recent violent past in Northern Ireland, the Legacy of the Past, continues to influence present community relationships and place barriers in the road of the peacebuilding process. He has participated in two initiatives, Epilogues and Troubled tales, which have used videoed and live testimony, respectively, to better understand the continuing impact of conflict on people’s lives.

♦   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

♦   Dr Ana Belén Martínez García, University of Navarra (Spain) 

Ana Belén’s research has focused on issues of identity, culture, gender, and performativity studies. She is currently writing on human rights life narratives, young women activists, and the relationship between social justice and empathy. See especially:

♦   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

♦   Dr Alexandra Effe, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford/Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College Oxford/International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen

Alexandra is currently exploring fictionality in self-narration in diachronic perspective. One context in which fictionality is employed is in cultural forms of testimony. She is interested in issues of genre, in questions of ethics, and in how fictionality as a rhetorical strategy challenges factual accuracy as a norm.

♦  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 Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan, University of Michigan, USA

Hank has been interviewing, writing about, and teaching about Holocaust survivors for more than forty years. His particular focus is on the ways survivors’ retell their lives–before, during, and after the Holocaust. In different terms, that means the ways they determine–a very complex and evolving negotiation–what will be tellable by them and hearble by their listeners. He has explored these issues as a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright.

♦   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 Stefanie Kappler, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Stefanie is interested in the contested and transformative nature of local imaginations of peace and has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Brussels, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Basque Country. She has published books and journal articles on questions of agency and spatial approaches to peacebuilding and is currently taking a strong interest in memory politics and, in that, the ways in which the arts contribute to the visibility of the past in contemporary conflicts. Stefanie is currently working on two research projects on “Peace and the Politics of Memory” (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) and “The Cultural Heritage of Conflict” (funded by the Swedish Research Council).

♦   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 Fransiska Louwagie, French Studies, School of Arts/Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester

Fransiska’s main research focus is on French post-Holocaust literature. She is particularly interested in survivor narratives and in the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary literature and bande dessinée. Through her work with the Auschwitz Foundation Brussels she has also developed a keen interest in the links between testimony, culture and education. In collaboration with Caroline Sharples, she conducted a drama and research project on genocide and memory education entitled “Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today”, funded by the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund.

  • Fransiska Louwagie and Anny Dayan Rosenman (eds) (2013), Un ciel de sang et de cendres. Piotr Rawicz et la solitude du témoin. Paris, Kimé
  • Fransiska Louwagie and Manu Braganca (eds) (forthcoming in 2018), Ego-histories of France and the Second World War: Writing Vichy. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Fransiska Louwagie (forthcoming), “Témoignage littéraire et réception critique”. In Silke Segler-Meßner and Isabella Von Treskow (eds), Traumatisme et mémoire culturelle. Berlin, De Gruyter

♦   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

♦   Dr Olga Michael, English Language and Literature, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus

Olga is interested in graphic life narratives and negotiations of trauma and testimony in the medium of comics. She has written about different forms of childhood abuse and its representation in contemporary American women’s graphic memoirs and she is currently working on testimonies of “others’” human rights violations in Anglophone graphic life narratives.

  • Olga Michael (forthcoming, 2018), “Graphic Autofiction and the Visualization of Trauma in Lynda Barry and Phoebe Gloeckner’s Graphic Memoirs”. In Hywel Dix (ed.) Autofiction in English. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Olga Michael (forthcoming, 2018), “The Other Narratives of Sexual Abuse in Phoebe Gloeckner’s A Child’s Life and Other Stories”, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 9.5: n.pag.
  • Olga Michael (2017), “Excavating Childhood: Fairy Tales, Monsters and Abuse Survival in Lynda Barry’s What It Is”, a/b: Auto/biography Studies, 32.3: 541-66

♦  Dr Nena Močnik, SELMA Centre for the study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku

Nena is an engaged researcher, particularly focused on the traumatic pasts that are socially perceived as ‘unspeakable’ or ‘indescribable’ in linguistic terms. She is interested in ways how trauma is stored in the bodies of survivors of mass atrocities and in understanding and interpreting of embodied testimonies. In her last project, she used preformative arts to explore the traumatic narratives of women survivors of war related sexual violence, and as a means of dissemination of research results, which was staged as a monologue ‘Canned’.​

♦  Dr Emilie Pine, Modern Drama, University College Dublin

Emilie’s work on testimony centres on the performance of witnessing in modern drama and the market value of pain, with a particular focus on issues of memory, sexual violence and child abuse. Emilie has published widely in the fields of memory, theatre and cultural studies. Emilie is Editor of the Irish University Review, founding Director of the Irish Memory Studies Network, and PI of the digital project on child abuse Industrial Memories. Her publications include:

Emilie’s first collection of personal essays will be published by Tramp Press in 2018.

♦   Dr Helen RocheHistory, University of Cambridge 

Helen’s research on the Napolas (Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten), the Third Reich’s most prominent elite boarding-schools, has involved correspondence and oral history interviews with over 100 former pupils. She is especially interested in the ways in which these self-styled “Napolaner” construct their relationship with the Nazi past, and the framing of their testimonies.

♦   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:

♦   Sanna Stegmaier, King’s College London and Humboldt Universität Berlin

Sanna is a third year Joint PhD student at the German Department of King’s College London and the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft at the Humboldt Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on the reevaluation of testimonial culture at a time of the witnesses’ disappearance, with a particular focus on witness projects such as Doron Rabinovici’s Die letzten Zeugen and the USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony project. As a fellow of the USC Shoah Foundation in September 2018, she is particularly interested in reconceptualisations of the physical in an increasingly digital memory landscape.

  • Sanna Stegmaier (forthcoming in 2019), “From the posttraumatic to the posttestimonial – Doron Rabinovici’s Die letzten Zeugen (2013) between discursive and emotive Holocaust memory”, German Life and Letters.
  • Sanna Stegmaier, Mikka Lene Pers-Hoejholt, Sandra Borges Tavares and Christian Pentzold (2017), “Complexities of the Mundane: Recollections”, Polish Political Science Yearbook, 46.2: 271–275

♦   Dr Mark A. Wolfgram, Political Science, McGill University

Mark has a long-standing interest in how politics and culture interact to shape how societies, families, and individuals deal with their difficult histories.  His forthcoming book Antigone’s Ghosts offers a comparison of how Germany, Japan, Spain, Yugoslavia, and Turkey have dealt with the legacy of mass violence in the 20th century.  Political regimes and cultural traditions shape the way in which societies engage and avoid their difficult histories.

  • Mark A. Wolfgram (forthcoming in 2018), Antigone’s Ghosts: The Long Legacy of War and Genocide in Five Countries.  Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press.
  • Mark A. Wolfgram (2011), “Getting History Right”: East and West German Collective Memories of the Holocaust and War.  Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press.

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


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