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To mark the centenary of the birth of the French writer and Auschwitz survivor Charlotte Delbo, the Group for War and Culture Studies, University of Westminster, in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London, is holding a one day conference: 'Writing Auschwitz: Testimony, Representation and Prose in the Work of Charlotte Delbo, Primo Levi and other Holocaust Writers.' The conference is supported by the French Cultural Institute in London, which will host the event on 18 March 2013.

This conference aims to highlight the contribution Delbo made to Holocaust testimonial writing and to engage in a wider discussion about literary testimony and representation of the Nazi camp experience.

Organised and Funded by: Group of War and Culture Studies, University of Westminster

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

French Institute, London


9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Introduction

Dr Ludivine Broch (Research Fellow, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism)

10.15 – 12.15 Panel 1: Charlotte Delbo and her Work

Chair: Dr Nicole Thatcher (University of Westminster)

10.15 – 10.45 Keynote

Dr Paul Gradvohl (University of Warsaw)

Followed by brief discussion

10.45 –11.05 Understanding Delbo's narrative form(s)

Virginia Osborn (University of Florida State)

11.05 – 11.25 Trying to See – Resisting the Representational in Delbo’s Auschwitz et après

Ms Michaela Hulstyn (University of Stanford)

11.25 – 11.45 Revenir – The Shame of Return in French Cultural Memory

Dr Ruth Kitchen (University of Leeds)

11.45 – 12.15 Discussion

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 15.30 Panel 2: Theatre, Literature & the Camps

Chair: Dr. Nik Wachsmann, (Birkbeck, University of London)

13.15 – 13.45 Keynote

Professor Robert Gordon (University of Cambridge) Followed by brief discussion

13.45 – 14.05 Spectres give Life: Ravensbrück / Auschwitz/ Theresienstadt

Claire Audhuy (University of Strasbourg and F-U Berlin)

14.05 – 14.25 Literary Testimony as Containment

Professor Susan Derwin (University of California, Santa Barbara)

14.25 – 14.45 Living next to Auschwitz: the phenomenology of witnessing in Charlotte Delbo’s testimonial texts

Ms. Amanda Stuart Fischer (Central School of Speech and Drama, London)

14.45 – 15.15 Discussion

15.15 – 15.30 Commentary

Dr Nicole Thatcher (University of Westminster)

15.30 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.15 Performance of ‘Survivors’

Dramatised extracts from ‘Auschwitz and After’. Revival of Theatre Nomad’s 1998 production. Preceded by an introduction from director Luke Dixon, and followed by a brief discussion with the cast

For more info:

Dr Jan Davison
Communications Advisor and Administrator
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DQ
020 7631 6613
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