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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Michael Rothberg – Multidirectional Memory and Postcolonial Studies in Contemporary Germany

Lecture Series
7:00 pm CET

In this talk, Michael Rothberg will introduce his book Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, which has just been translated into German. The translation appears in a moment of intensive debate in the German public sphere about colonial legacies, postcolonial studies, the relation between antisemitism and racism, and the place of the Holocaust in Germany’s memorial landscape. In addition to providing an overview of the book’s central arguments, Rothberg will reflect on how the concept of multidirectional memory can help illuminate and address the current controversies. 

Michael Rothberg is the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. His latest book is The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators (2019), published by Stanford University Press. His book Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Stanford UP, 2009) has just appeared in German as Multidirektionale Erinnerung (Metropol Verlag, 2021). He is also the author of Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation (Minnesota UP, 2000) and co-editor with Neil Levi of The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (UBC Press, 2003). With Yasemin Yildiz, he is completing Memory Citizenship: Migrant Archives of Holocaust Remembrance

Following the talk, Michael Rothberg will engage in a conversation with BCB faculty member Frank Wolff and a discussion with the audience. 

Watch the discussion live on Facebook >>


Further events in the series:

March 2, 7:00 pm CET:
Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor – The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis and Palestinians in Berlin
Moderated by Hanan Toukan

March 11, 6:00 pm CET:
Matthew Wilhelm Solomon  – Writing Migration, Displacement and Affective Landscapes*
Moderated by Marion Detjen

March 18, 12:30 pm CET:
Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld – Entangled Archives: Infrastructures for Sharing Unshared Colonial Histories
Moderated by Hanan Toukan

March 24, 10:45 am CET:
Caroline Patey – Sam Selvon: Creole London and the Relocation of Culture and Language
Moderated by Laura Scuriatti

March 25, 6:30 pm CET:
Amin Husain – Decolonize this place. "Training in the practice of freedom. The artist-as-organizer"
Moderated by Hanan Toukan

April 12, 2:00 pm CET:
Loren Landau – Visibilising Responsibility: Containment, Chronoscopy and Migrant Immoralities*
Moderated by Marion Detjen

April 14, 6:30 pm CET:
Simon Gikandi  – On Caribbean Modernism (Title TBC)
Moderated by Laura Scuriatti

April 26, 10:45 am 
Brendan McGeever – Crisis Britain: Race, Class and Migration after Brexit
Moderated by Frank Wolff

April 29, 12:30 pm
Amal Eqeiq – Of Borders and Limits in Latin America and the Middle East
Moderated by Hanan Toukan 

The event series takes place  within the framework of and is funded by the Mellon Cluster of Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.

* Funded by the Open Society University Network

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

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