Institute News

Three Presentations by Center for Advanced Genocide Research Staff in London

Wolf Gruner and Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Director and Academic Relations and Outreach Officer, respectively, are both in London this week giving academic presentations about their research and the Visual History Archive.

Gruner will give two presentations this week at the European Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Royal Holloway, University of London. This program is an intensive 10-day residential course, held in alternate years, designed to broaden and deepen the background of about 20 scholars including postgraduates in Holocaust studies, early career academics, and educators in relevant fields.

The Institute curriculum consists of courses, lectures, and seminars taught by leading scholars on the following themes: the history of Jews and Judaism in Europe; Holocaust history and historiography; the Holocaust in literature and film; and the Holocaust and modern thought. 

Gruner lectured on his area of expertise, Jewish defiance and resistance during the Holocaust, at the Institute Monday, July 11. On Wednesday, July 13, he will host a special introductory workshop on the Visual History Archive for the Institute scholars.

Garrigou-Kempton will attend the Birkbeck, University of London, conference “Religion and Medicine: Healing the Body and Soul from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day,” on Friday, July 15. The conference is hosted by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Garrigou-Kempton will present “Towards a New Epistemology of Healing,” which draws on her research on 19th century France. She will discuss the achievements in medicine and the rash of miraculous healings and supernatural apparitions of the Virgin Mary that occurred simultaneously in late 19th century France that influenced people’s understanding of healing processes and the mind/body relationship.