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The Parkes Institute

Jewish Life Before and After the Holocaust Event

19 June 2010
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

Event details

Parkes Institute Cultural Event 2010

Humanities in conjunction with the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations will be hosting a unique all-day event focusing on ‘Jewish Life Before and After the Holocaust'.

Led by several leading academics from a variety of disciplines including History, English and Modern Languages, the day will consist of five 30 minute talks ranging across a wide variety of subjects from How Britain came to terms with the Holocaust and Modern photography in Tel-Aviv to British television's image of Jewish life.

We do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for this truly unique day, sponsored by the Parkes Institute and The Karten Foundation, and take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the impact of the Holocaust and examine developments within Jewish life since this defining event from the perspectives of history, literature, religion and culture.

This event will be held from 10am - 4pm at the Avenue Campus, Lecture theatre C and the overview of talks includes:

10am - Welcome and Introduction - Dr Helen Spurling (History)
10.10am - Professor Tony Kushner (History) will explore how Britain came to terms with the Holocaust in the immediate post-war period. This will be done via several mediums including testimony from child survivors of the Holocaust, their carers, government officials and newspaper reports.
10.55am - Professor Joachim Schloer (History) will focus on ‘Modern Photography in Tel-Aviv' by presenting the work of four photographers who as Central European immigrants moved to the city following Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Joachim will showcase the photographers' work and discuss in detail their European background and the different ways in which they endeavoured to integrate into society whilst simultaneously maintaining their high standards of modern photography.
11.40am - Tea/Coffee Break
12pm - Dr Helen Spurling's (History) talk will be dedicated to ‘The Bible Before and After the Holocaust' and will compare ancient interpretations of its texts with approaches to the understanding of the Bible since the Holocaust.
12.45pm - Lunch Break
1.45pm - Dr James Jordan (English) will chart the changing depiction of Jews and Jewish identities in British television in his seminar on ‘From the East End to Eastenders: British Television's Image of Jewish Life'. This introductory talk will take as its starting point a 1930's documentary of East End life and move to present day, discussing the regular and often controversial portrayals of Jewish life in soap operas, one-off dramas and comedies.
2.30pm - Dr Andrea Reiter (Modern Languages) will introduce you to a selection of current Jewish writers from Austria, read extracts from their recent work in translation and discuss how they view being Jewish at the turn of the 20th to the 21st century.
3.15pm - Questions over coffee (all)

Our team of experts from within the School of Humanities will both engage and inspire you during this thought-provoking cultural event and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions and have a group discussion.

Tickets cost £25 for external attendees and £20 for concessions (alumni, students, University staff and Friends of Parkes). Both ticket prices include lunch on the day as well as tea and coffee breaks.

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