David Lipson Memorial Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Comparative Literature
Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Lived Multidirectionality: Migration, Citizenship, and Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Germany
Over the past three and a half years, a series of often acrimonious debates has unfolded in Germany about its widely admired Holocaust memory culture. In this lecture, Rothberg—who has participated actively in these debates—will survey what is at stake in the recent controversies. He will then turn to examples of engagement with Holocaust memory by migrants and minorities in Germany in order to show how an alternative “relational” culture of remembrance has the potential to offer much needed visions of cross-ethnic solidarity.
Michael Rothberg is the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, 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 in their “Cultural Memory in the Present” series. Previous books include Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (2009), Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation (2000), and, co-edited with Neil Levi, The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (2003). With Yasemin Yildiz, he is currently completing Memory Citizenship: Migrant Archives of Holocaust Remembrance for Fordham University Press
This event will be delivered in-person in JHB100 (170 St. George Street) on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 4 PM.