Proposals are sought for a special issue of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History on contemporary Holocaust film.
While historical research is bringing the Holocaust into ever clearer view, visual representations contribute substantially to how the general public remembers the past. This special issue of Holocaust Studies will focus on recent films (from about the year 2000) in order to ask how cinematic and other visual media reflect and contribute to current academic discussions about the Holocaust. While questions over trauma, second-generation memory, and national forms of commemoration continue to influence critical discourse, other issues are also coming into focus. In particular, the role of ethics both in the on-screen representation of atrocities and violence and in the way in which perpetrators and bystanders are evoked has become highly relevant for contemporary scholarship. Another recent development emphasizes the fact that the Holocaust occurred beyond such metonymic locations as Auschwitz or Treblinka, concentrating instead on the mass shootings of the Einsatzgruppen or the spatial dimension of the death marches. Film criticism in particular has turned to questions over the involvement of cinema in the Holocaust, for instance through propaganda films and the abuse of documentary film making.
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Guest Editor: PD Dr. Gerd Bayer, Reader, Department of English, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg