Situated at the intersection of Holocaust studies, postcolonial studies, and memory studies, this course examines how Holocaust memory circulates across national and cultural borders. We will consider how the recent "colonial turn" in Holocaust studies addresses the global reach of Holocaust memory and its resonances with memories of colonial violence. How does Holocaust memory interact or compete with the memory of other historical traumas such as African slavery and the genocide of Indigenous peoples? In developing new comparative archives and methodologies, how do we navigate thorny issues of uniqueness, hierarchies of suffering, and unequal access to the public sphere? What kinds of tensions have been exposed by recent cultural contestations surrounding Holocaust analogies?


Course format

This class is a block seminar that is taught online over the course of 4 Mondays in May, beginning May 3. The format will combine synchronous and asynchronous teaching. The synchronous parts will take place during the afternoon session from 16:15-17:45. Please ensure that you are available for Zoom meetings during this time.