Concentrationary memories and the politics of representation

Research Centre for The Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History, Royal Holloway, University of London and The Imperial War Museum

A one-day workshop on:

Concentrationary memories and the politics of representation

Event Date: Wednesday June 2nd 2010

The workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and others and will begin at 9.30 and finish no later than 4.30 pm.

Papers will be presented by:

  • Professor Max Silverman – Fearful imagination: “Night and Fog” and concentrationary memory
  • Matthew JohnSelf-Conscious Cinema: “Night and Fog” and Concentrationary Art
  • Professor Griselda Pollock – The Concept of the concentrationary imaginary: possibilities and problems
  • Benjamin Hannavy Cousen –
    Isn’t this where…? Projections on Pink Floyd’s Wall: the Existence of and Resistance to the Concentrationary Imaginary

The Four papers presented  work on the concentrationary memories project at Leeds university, a four-year project funded by the AHRC to explore the nature and legacy of art’s response to the concentrationary terror instigated during the Second World War. The project uses the film ‘Night and Fog’, made in 1955 by the French film director Alain Resnais, to explore the ways in which artists, writers and film-makers in the post-war period responded to the concentrationary system of terror and goes on to suggest how a concentrationary imaginary has infiltrated contemporary popular culture.

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Alain Resnais’ ‘Night and Fog’ (Nuit et Brouillard) 1955 can be viewed in full here:

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Introduction by Max Silverman and Griselda Pollock:

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Max Silverman: ‘Fearful imagination: “Night and Fog” and concentrationary memory’

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Matthew John: ‘Self-Conscious Cinema: “Night and Fog” and Concentrationary Art’

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Scene from “Chronique d’un été” here

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Griselda Pollock: ‘The Concept of the concentrationary imaginary: possibilities and problems

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Benjamin Hannavy Cousen: ‘Isn’t this where…? Projections on Pink Floyd’s Wall: the Existence of and Resistance to the Concentrationary Imaginary’

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‘The Wall’ (Alan Parker 1982 – complete) here:

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Final Questions

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