Buchenwald Memorial Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Museum Zwangsarbeit im NS

To tear these images from time

09.10.2023 ‒ 12.10.2023, 02:00 AM


University of Jena / Buchenwald Memorial

Visual Representations of the Holocaust. International conference at the University of Jena and the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial

From October 9 to 12, 2023, the Chair of Art History at Friedrich Schiller University Jena will host the international conference "To tear these images from time": Exploring Visual Representations from Nazi Camps, Ghettos, and the Holocaust.

The conference will focus on the question of how Nazi crimes and the Holocaust were depicted in images created under extreme conditions in Nazi camps and ghettos as well as immediately after World War II. Despite their predominantly realistic imagery, these images do not speak for themselves; they require analysis in terms of their choice of motif, artistic means, composition, and formal language. More than 20 professors, curators, and emerging scholars from nine different countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States) will explore the diverse potential of analytical approaches to drawings, sculptures, albums, paintings, and other visual artifacts created before or shortly after liberation.

The conference is part of the DFG project "Beyond the Limits of Representation. Artistic Artifacts of Concentration Camp Inmates as Visual Interpretation of the Camp Reality" by Prof. Dr. Verena Krieger and Ella Falldorf and a cooperation with the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation.

The event will take place from October 09 to 11, 2023 in the small Rose Hall (kleiner Rosensaal) of the Friedrich Schiller University, Fürstengraben 27, Jena and on October 12 in the seminar building of the Buchenwald Memorial.

For registration please contact Ella Falldorf (ella.falldorf@uni-jena.de).

Please find attached the conference program and the poster.

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