The End of History? Forgetting, Denial, History and Ideology
A panel discussion with:
Peter Balakian, Colgate University, New York
Daniel Feierstein, National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires
Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California
Adam Muller, University of Manitoba
Tuesday July 18, 2017 at Deakin Downtown, Melbourne CBD, 3:30 – 5 pm
Professor Balakian is the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry. He has taught Literature and Genocide Studies at Colgate University since 1980 where he is currently Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English, and Director of Creative Writing. He was the first Director of Colgate’s Center for Ethics and World Societies.
Professor Feierstein holds a Ph.D, in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. He is the Director of the Centre of Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires. Feierstein’s books and articles have been critical in the qualification of the crimes committed in Argentina as genocide, established by nine different tribunals from 2006 on. Feierstein is past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Professor Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History, is an historian and a specialist of Holocaust and German-Jewish history, topics on which he has published eleven books and around 60 articles and book chapters by now. Currently, he is conducting exciting research on forgotten acts of individual defiance, opposition and resistance of German and Austrian Jews during the Holocaust. Additional areas of research include the comparative history of mass violence and its resistance on a global scale, as well as racial and state discrimination against indigenous populations, especially in Latin America.
Professor Muller is an interdisciplinary scholar in the University of Manitoba’s Department of English, Film, and Theatre. He works mainly on the visual representation of atrocity. He has edited Concepts of Culture: Art, Politics, and Society (2005), and coedited Fighting Words and Images: Representing War Across the Disciplines (2012) and The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015). He also co-directed the Embodying Empathy project, which links survivors, scholars, technologists, and heritage professionals so as to build and study a virtual Canadian Indian Residential School.
Tickets are free, but bookings are essential as seating is limited.