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Workshop
The Forensic Turn in Holocaust Studies? (Re-)Thinking the Past Through Materiality
   

From Thursday, 25. June 2015 -  12:00
To Friday, 26. June 2015 - 19:30

Bruno Kreisky Forum für internationalen Dialog, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Wien

 

Einladung-Forsenic-TurnProgramme In Holocaust Studies, a new turn seems to advance: after the era of classical written source based historiography and ‘the era of the witness’ characterised by the paradigmatic role of survivor testimony in Holocaust research and remembrance, a forensic approach comes to the foreground nowadays. In recent years, the sites of the former concentration and extermination camps, as well as the mass graves at the ‘killing sites’, have become the objects of archaeological research contributing to the development of ‘Holocaust archaeology’ as a new subdiscipline. Centred on material traces of genocidal violence, such as spatial structures, physical remnants, mass graves and human remains, the ‚forensic turn‘ could be seen as a response to the gradual passing away of Holocaust victims. At the same time, it reflects broader changes in practical and conceptual approaches to legacies of (genocidal) violence across cultures and geographies brought about by the urge for historiographical, historical, ancestral and personal clarifications, quests for justice or processes of reconciliation in its aftermath.

 

While acknowledging its unquestionable importance for fostering historical research on post-Holocaust landscapes, this workshop seeks to investigate the theoretical, methodological, political and practical implications of the ‘forensic turn’ for their investigation, memorialisation and experience. Taking as a vantage point debates surrounding archaeological research at post-Holocaust landscapes, the workshop also aims to provide a comparative view of Holocaust and genocidal archaeologies within a broader framework of the ‘forensic turn’ in Europe and beyond. The interest in materialities and spatialities of genocidal violence opens, therefore, space for new theoretical and ethical questions, methodological perspectives and research topics.

 

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Programme: 

 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

 

12:00

Lunch 

 

13:00

Keynote

 

Ewa Domańska (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu/Stanford University)

Corpus Delicti, Non-Human Witnesses and Post-Secular Turn

 

Chair:Éva Kovács(Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, VWI)

 

14:00

Coffee Break


Archeology as Political Practice

 

Chair: Juliane Wetzel (Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Berlin)

 

14:30

Francisco Ferrándiz/Luis Ríos (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Spanish National Research Council, Madrid)

Scientific Rituals in Contemporary Spanish Civil War Exhumations

 

14:55

Robert Jan van Pelt (University of Waterloo, Ontario)

Brick by Brick

 

15:20

Keith K. Silika (Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent)

Forensic Archaeology and Politics in Zimbabwe

 

15:45

Małgorzata Wosińska (Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu)

Turning to Present. Forensic Methods in Holocaust Studies as a Practical Approach in Modern Post-Conflict Societies

 

16:10

Discussion

 

16:30

Coffee Break

 

Contested Methodologies

 

Chair: Dominique Trimbur (Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, Paris)

 

17:00

Caroline Studry Colls (Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent)

To Dig or not to Dig, “That Is the Question”. Reconsidering Archaeological Approaches to Holocaust Landscapes

 

17:25

Ivar Schute (RAAP Archeologisch Adviesbureau, Leiden)

The Archaeological Excavations at the Sobibor Extermination Camp. An Example of the Forensic Approach in Holocaust Studies

 

17:50

Claudia Theune-Vogt (Universität Wien)

Fragestellungen – Quellen – Methoden – Erkenntnisgewinn

 

18:15

Thomas Pototschnig (Wien)

Zeitgeschichtliche Archäologie und forensische Methodik im Dienst der Holocaustforschung

 

18:40

Discussion

 

19:00

Dinner

 

Evening Programme

 

20:00

”If that‘s so then I‘m a murderer ...” (Walter Manoschek, A 2012, 65 minutes) followed by a discussion with the director and Éva Kovács

 

Friday, 26 June 2015

 

12:00

Lunch 

 

13:00

Keynote

 

Robert van der Laarse (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Bones Never Lie? Unearthing Europe’s Age of Terror in the Age of Memory

 

Chair: Éva Kovács (Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, VWI)

 

14:00

Coffee Break

 

Research, Preservation, Memorialisation 

 

Chair: Brigitte Bailer (Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstands)

 

14:30

Jean-Marc Dreyfus (University of Manchester)

Corpses in Societies. A General Reflexion on the Reinscription of Human Remains in Societies after Mass Violence and the Holocaust

 

14:55

Francesco Mazzuchellli (Università di Bologna)

From the Era of the Witness to an Era of Traces. An Epistemic Turn in Traumatic Memories

 

15:20

Roma Sendyka (Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków)

Forensic Memorials. Memorialisations on Non-Sites of Memory

 

15:45

Borbala Kriza (Budapest)

What to Do With a Mass Grave? Significance and Insignificance of Holocaust Victims’ Mass Graves in Kőszeg to the Local and National Memory in Hungary

 

16:10

Discussion

 

16:30

Coffee Break

 

Ethics and Aesthetics 

 

Chair: Béla Rásky (Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, VWI)

 

17:00

Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths University of London)

Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

 

17:25

Layla Renshaw (Kingston University, London)

The Forensic Gaze: Reading Bodies and Objects as Evidence

 

17:50

Zuzanna Dziuban (Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, VWI)

Human Remains and the Politics of Survivance

 

18:15

Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard (Aarhus Universitet)
Forensic Memory Culture and Literature after Testimony

 

 

18:40

Stephenie A. Young (Salem State University)

Bodies of Evidence. Forensics, Photography and the Post-Yugoslav Document

 

19:05

Discussion

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