Thursday 6 August 2015
Congratulations to Dr Larissa Allwork from the School of The Arts, who recently launched her new book at the British Association of Holocaust Studies Conference at the University of Birmingham.
Holocaust Remembrance Between the National and the Transnationalprovides a key study of the remembrance of the Jewish Catastrophe and the Nazi-era past in the world arena. It uses a range of primary documentation from the restitution conferences, speeches and presentations made at the Stockholm International Forum of 2000 (SIF 2000), a global event and an attempt to mark a defining moment in the inter-cultural construction of the political and institutional memory of the Holocaust in the USA, Europe and Israel.
Containing oral history interviews with delegates to the conference and contemporary press reports, this book explores the inter-relationships between global and national Holocaust remembrances. The causes, consequences and ‘cosmopolitan’ intellectual context for understanding the SIF 2000 are discussed in great detail. Larissa examines this seminal moment in efforts to globally promote the important, if ever controversial, topics of Holocaust remembrance, worldwide Genocide prevention and the commemoration of the Nazi past. Providing a balanced assessment of the Stockholm Project, this book is an important study for those interested in the remembrance of the Holocaust and the Third Reich, as well as the recent global direction in memory studies.
Larissa, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, commented: “It’s fantastic to have the book finally published and it was a great honour to be able to launch it at the British Association of Holocaust Studies Conference, which was a really stimulating and thought-provoking couple of days of lectures, research papers and panel discussions on the continuing importance of this area of cross-disciplinary scholarship.”
The British Association for Holocaust Studies holds its conference annually and is an opportunity for scholars and educators to explore new avenues of research and collaboration. This year’s conference was held on the 21 and 22 July and explored the challenge of teaching and researching the Holocaust 70 years on.