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Digital Holocaust Memory, Education and Research

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  • The first volume on digital Holocaust projects which foregrounds the specificity of the digital in all chapters
  • An interdisciplinary approach to thinking about digital Holocaust memory, education and research
  • Interrogates research and production processes, as well as user engagement and offering critical readings

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This book explores the diverse range of practical and theoretical challenges and possibilities that digital technologies and platforms pose for Holocaust memory, education and research. From social media to virtual reality, 360-degree imaging to machine learning, there can be no doubt that digital media penetrate practice in these fields. As the Holocaust moves beyond living memory towards solely mediated memory, it is imperative that we pay critical attention to the way digital technologies are shaping public memory and education and research. Bringing together the voices of heritage and educational professionals, and academics from the arts and humanities and the social sciences, this interdisciplinary collection explores the practicalities of creating digital Holocaust projects, the educational value of such initiatives, and considers the extent to which digital technologies change the way we remember, learn about and research the Holocaust, thinking through issues such as ethics, embodiment, agency, community, and immersion. At its core, this volume interrogates the extent to which digital interventions in these fields mark an epochal shift in Holocaust memory, education and research, or whether they continue to be shaped by long-standing debates and guidelines developed in the broadcast era.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. (Web)sites of Memory


“A trailblazing introduction to a budding field of digital Holocaust memory, combining insights from media studies, production studies, and reception studies. This volume aptly focuses on new technologies of commemoration, educational websites, the policing of the social media by traditional museums, and a much needed fine-tuning of the theoretical discourse. The contributors touch upon the current developments in the realm of the digital and its future.”

- Dr Tomasz Łysak, associate professor, University of Warsaw

“This collection of essays is a timely and highly anticipated intervention into research on the new affordances provided by digital technologies in the context of Holocaust commemoration and education. By addressing all aspects of the digital – the computational side, the interface, the user experience and the situatedness of the testimonial encounter – it offers a much needed and carefully curated dialogue not only between different disciplinesbut also between academics, heritage practitioners and educational professionals.”

- Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Reader in Memory, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

“Are selfies taken at Holocaust commemoration sites narcissistic, or do they express engagement and empathy? Are TikTok re-enactments legitimate and even welcome popular forms of Holocaust memory? How can virtual reality be used sensitively in Holocaust education? Assembling insights from leading Holocaust educators and digital culture scholars, this book is an essential resource for anyone concerned with the stark ethical challenges – and new educational and communicative possibilities – of digital media as agents of Holocaust memory.”

- Professor Paul Frosh, Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Media, Arts and Humanities, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

    Victoria Grace Walden

About the editor

Victoria Grace Walden is a senior lecturer in media at the University of Sussex, Editor-in-Chief of the academic platform Digital Holocaust Memory and authored Cinematic Intermedialities and Contemporary Holocaust Memory (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). She previously worked as a freelance educator with the Holocaust Educational Trust and as digital coordinator for the IHRA.

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