Research Affiliate: Simone Gigliotti

Visiting Scholar, 2014, USC Shoah Foundation

Currently: Senior Lecturer in European History, History Program, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Simone Gigliotti earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she focused her research on the psychological and interpersonal consequences of forced migration and displacement of marginalized populations during the Holocaust. Her research interests concern the causes, processes and effects of state-sponsored, ethnic and religious violence, especially as it relates to the forced movement and confinement of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors in and from Europe from the 1930s to the 1950s. Dr. Gigliotti is currently working on two book-length projects that focus on displaced personhood through the analysis of archival, oral and testimonial sources. The first, titled Displaced Cinema: Routes to Home and Humanity after the Holocaust examines how humanitarian organizations, relief and Jewish aid organizations used the moving image to construct Jewish displaced persons as a new migratory category, the "home-seeker." The second, a book and eventual film titled Colonial Others: Oral Histories of a Holocaust Transmigration aims to uncover relationships between the mobility and ethnic conflict during war of Central European Jewish refugees and the decolonization of ethnically diverse societies of South-East Asia and the Caribbean. 

Selected Publications

  • "A Mobile Holocaust? Rethinking Testimony with Cultural Geography" in Claudio Minca and Paolo Giaccaria (Eds.), Hitler's Geographies (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) 
  • The Memorialization of Genocide (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • "To Whom do the Children Belong? Genocidal Displacement in Europe and Australia," in Cathie Carmichael and Richard Maguire (eds.), The Routledge History of Genocide (London; New York: Routledge, 2015)
  • Co-edited with C.S. Gould, and J. Golomb Ethics, Art and Representations of the Holocaust: Essays in Honor of Berel Lang (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

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