Maria Zalewska
CAGR Summer Research Fellow, 2017

Maria Zalewska is a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her research interests include cinematic representations of the Holocaust; documentary film; national and transnational modes and media of memorialization; digital humanities; politics of technologized memory; place and space in cinema; history as film/film as history; and political economy of film. Her dissertation project, “#Holocaust: Rethinking the Relationship Between Spaces of Memory and Places of Commemoration In The Digital Age,” focuses on the relationship between interactivity, (documentary) film studies, and the future of Holocaust memory in the digital age. As a Graduate Summer Research Fellow at the Center, Zalewska focused her energy on a new research project: “Digital Topography of Memory: Reimagining Landscapes of pre-Holocaust Poland.” The project engages with the Institute’s Visual History Archive by comparing the memories of the pre-World War II spaces in which Poles and Jews interacted in testimony with their cinematically narrativized counterparts.

 

 

Publications
Zalewska, Maria
Selfies from Auschwitz: Rethinking the Relationship Between Spaces of Memory and Places of Commemoration in the Digital Age
Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media No. 18
2018
Zalewska, Maria
History of My Amnesia
Letters to Oneg Shabbat, edited by Pawel Spiewak, pp. 153-163. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute
2017
Zalewska, Maria
Holography, Historical Indexicality, and the Holocaust
Spectator, Special Issue: Technologies of Knowing 36:1, pp. 25-33
2016