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Dr. Anne-Berenike Rothstein to Visit USC Shoah Foundation to Research New Ways of Transforming and Mediating Memory of the Holocaust

Dr. Anne-Berenike Rothstein, a researcher in the Department of Romance and Comparative Literature and an Academic Counselor at the University of Konstanz, Germany, will visit the USC Shoah Foundation this fall to conduct research on methods of transforming and mediating memory of the Holocaust. Dr. Rothstein will be in residence at the Institute for two weeks in September 2018 in order to further research on a project which re-conceptualizes a guided tour for a satellite camp of Dachau.

During her time at the Institute, Dr. Rothstein will continue working on a project to re-conceptualize and digitize the guided tour of the Goldbacher Stollen concentration camp, a satellite camp of Dachau during the Holocaust, by changing the focus of the content, incorporating technology such as a virtual walk, 360-film and an online portal. The project, which is a collaborative effort by lecturers and graduate students from universities in Germany and Switzerland, aims to investigate the mediation of memory in the digital age, the relationship between the digital, commemoration, historiography and provoking memory and the problems and challenges of prosthetic memory. While she is in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation, Dr. Rothstein will consult with staff from the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Dimensions in Testimony team, and the Media Department to learn about applications of the Visual History Archive, interactive testimonies and virtual reality technologies in the context of Holocaust education and commemoration. 

Dr. Rothstein earned her BA and MA in French Literature, English and American Literature and Aesthetics and Media Studies from the University of Konstanz (London and Angers) and her PhD in Remembrance of the Shoah and Film from the University of Konstanz (Germany). Before becoming an Academic Counselor, Dr. Rothstein worked as an assistant professor in French and Spanish Literature at several universities in Germany. She has expertise in both French and Spanish literature and culture and is especially interested in Holocaust and genocide studies, particularly as represented in literature and film. She is also interested in gender studies, myth and hybridity and Spanish and Latin American literary movements of the 19th century such as Modernismo. Dr. Rothstein has published three monographs, one co-authored volume, two anthologies, and over two dozen book reviews and journal articles in the fields of French and Spanish literature.