Placing Testimony: A presentation by scholars from the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 4:00pm
(Pacific Time)

A presentation by Tim Cole (Bristol University), Alberto Giordano (Texas State University), Paul Jaskot (DePaul University), and Anne Knowles (University of Maine)
Holocaust Geographies Collaborative

USC, Social Sciences Building, Room 250

2016/01/12 Holocaust Geographies Collective Lecture: "Placing Testimony"

Language: English

In their talk, Cole, Giordano, Jaskot, and Knowles described the new research interests and goals that they have honed during their visit to USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research from Jan. 8-14. At the core of their research questions is the desire to foreground the experiences and voices of Holocaust survivors.


The Holocaust Geographies Collaborative is a multi-institutional, collaborative nine-member research group. Four of its members -- two geographers, one historian, and one art historian from different universities in the US and UK -- will spend a week at the Center for Advanced Genocide Research continuing their GIS research in which they use the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive testimonies to examine spaces and places of the Holocaust.

In this presentation, the four visiting members of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative will explain how they plan to use new methods of textual analysis to find traces of place and spatial experience in testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive, in particular focusing on survivors' experiences of work, movement, belonging, and alienation. The presenters will also discuss what the narrative structure of oral histories reveals about continuities and discontinuities in Holocaust memory and Holocaust experience.  

To read about their first visit, click here.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at  

This event is co-sponsored by the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program.