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Seminar on May 13th explores the theme of Holocaust in Animation


At the webinar on Monday, 13 May Dr. Liat Steir-Livny (PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Culture, Sapir Academic College, Israel / The Open University of Israel) will present her new book "Holocaust Representations in Animated Documentaries - The Contours of Commemoration" (Edinburgh University Press, 2024)

Animated documentaries dealing with the Holocaust, Holocaust survivors, and their descendants constitute a new phenomenon and inaugurate a new field of Holocaust commemoration. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of animated Holocaust documentaries. It explores movies produced in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Israel.

Based on theories developed in the fields of animated documentary, Holocaust studies, cinema studies, trauma studies, and memory studies, this volume discusses the ways in which animated Holocaust documentaries create a new layer of Holocaust microhistory, their advantages, and their disadvantages. It shows how these movies visualize subject matter that previously eluded live-action documentaries such as the unfilmed past and people’s inner worlds.

The book shows that Holocaust animated documentaries also have specific shortcomings and have generated a new set of problems relating to Holocaust memory and representation. For example, the vast majority marginalize the horrors and instead focus on bravery, resilience, and hope.

The seminar will take place on Monday, 13 May 2024, at 11:00 Tallinn time via MS Teams.

Please use the link you can find in the message above in Estonian. The link will open before the seminar.

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