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USC Research With Testimonies: Featuring the Center's Summer 2017 Research Fellows

Language: English

This lecture features two of our summer 2017 research fellows: Maria Zalewska, PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies and Mellon PhD Fellow in the Digital Humanities, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Noha Ayoub, USC undergraduate student majoring in Law, History and Culture and minoring in Middle East Studies.

Zalewska’s project engages with the Institute’s Visual History Archive by comparing the testimonies of memories of the pre-World War II spaces in which Poles and Jews interacted with their cinematically narrativized counterparts. Ayoub contextualizes testimonies in the Institute's archive through her research on nationalism in Rwanda and the ways in which fictionalized narratives against Tutsis perpetrated by the state led to genocide over 20 years ago.

Missing Links: Social Bonds and Barriers amongst Italian Jewish Deportees

In this lecture, Bieke Van Camp presents some of the findings of her ongoing doctoral research on social interaction and group survival strategies in the Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

"Did Gender Matter during the Holocaust?" A Lecture from Dr. Marion Kaplan

In this lecture, Professor Kaplan traces the origins of Holocaust research on gender issues, which began in the 1980s, and offers further areas of exploration for scholarship.

Afterlives: Memories of the Displaced Persons Camps in Italy

Utilizing memoirs and interviews completed in the last thirty years, Danielle Willard-Kyle's lecture examines the afterlives of the Italian Jewish DP camps, both as physical places still today and as spaces in personal memory.

Danielle Willard-Kyle is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Rutgers University where she holds the Steven Spielberg Endowment for Jewish Studies and the Memory of the Shoah Special Doctoral Fellowship.

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Gabór Tóth's lecture on "In Search of the Drowned in the Words of the Saved: Testimonial Fragments of the Holocaust"

In this lecture, Gabór Tóth discusses the ways text and data mining technology has helped to recover fragments of the lost experiences of murdered Holocaust victims out of oral history interviews with survivors.

Richard Hovannisian's lecture on "Preserving History: Armenian Voices from the Classroom to the Archive"

In this lecture, Hovannisian discusses the origins and development of his course at UCLA on Armenian oral history, as well as the uses and potential misuses of oral testimony. His former students Lorna Touryan Miller, Tamar Mashigian and Salpi Ghazarian share their own impressions and experiences in adding to the collection. 

Taner Akçam's Lecture on Talat Pasha's Killing Orders and Denial of the Armenian Genocide

In this lecture, Professor Akçam (Clark University) explores how his latest research proves the authenticity of the existing documents with killing orders.

Lukas Meissel's lecture "SS Photographs from Concentration Camps: Perpetrator Sources and Counter-Narratives of Victims"

In this lecture, Lukas Meissel (PhD candidate, Haifa University, and 2018-2019 Greenberg Research Fellow) presents the preliminary findings of his dissertation research about photographic practices in concentration camps, specifically photos taken by SS men, to argue that the SS photographs were used to create a specific visual narrative of the concentration camps that excludes significant aspects of the camps’ reality.

The Stories We Tell: Narratives of Sexual Violence and Concepts of Gender in Post-Genocide Societies

In this lecture, 2018 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellow Virginia Bullington will reflect on research she conducted last summer at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research analyzing how testimonies from the Armenian, Guatemalan and Rwandan genocides regarding sexual violence are constructed by interviewees, and how these narratives influence and are influenced by contemporary concepts of gender in those societies post-conflict.

2018 Kristallnacht Conference: Remarks from Holocaust survivor Eva Wenkart Maiden

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