ANN: NCGS Zoom Seminar with Paul Jaskot (Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies): Friday, 31 March 2023

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The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS), an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, cordially invites you to our next online event:


Friday, 31 March 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

PAUL JASKOT (Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies)

New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust


ABSTRACT: Understanding the role of buildings in German-occupied Krakow cannot easily be connected to the systemic digital mapping and question of genocide necessary for understanding the war in Europe. The two questions not only operate at different scales, but also involve archival information of different substance, and (digital) methods with different approaches. At the core of this disconnect is the problem of working through the real intersection between culture and genocide, individual experience and systemic oppression, or the materiality of the built environment and the abstraction of the political-economic scale of the Nazi occupation of Europe. This presentation will show how we are currently using modeling of built spaces based on archival sources for analyzing building in occupied Krakow. At the same time, we will talk about the relationship between individual Jewish and non-Jewish victims in the spaces of genocide. Our goal, though, is to lay out how we might think about the approaches of digital visualization and the history of Nazi Germany together.


BIO: PAUL JASKOT is Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. He also the Co-Director of the Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab. His scholarly work focuses on the political history of Nazi art and architecture as well as its postwar cultural impact. His most recent book publications include The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right (2012), and New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust: Social History, Representation, Theory (with Alexandra Garbarini, 2018).


MODERATION: TERESA WALCH (Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of History)

COMMENT: BARRY TRACHTENBERG (Associate Professor, Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Wake Forest University, Department of History)


For access to the Zoom seminar please contact NCGS graduate assistant KEVIN J. HOEPER ( Please include your institutional affiliation (if applicable) and indicate if you would prefer not to be added to our NCGS listserv.


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—Duke University: Dept. of German Studies, Dept. of History

—UNC-Chapel Hill: Dept. of History, Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Language and Literatures, Center for European Studies, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies