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The University of Southampton
The Parkes Institute

Creolizing Holocaust Memory: The Jewish Caribbean and Nazi Persecution in Literature and Art Seminar

18:00 - 19:30
19 October 2021
Online Event

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Clodagh Owens at .

Event details

This seminar is part of Black History Month, jointly organised with the Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies (CIPCS) and the English department.

Details of talk

During World War II, Caribbean expatriates living in Europe found themselves caught up in the war and, in some cases, imprisoned in internment or concentration camps. Meanwhile, some European Jewish refugees found safe haven in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean. Long overlooked in standard accounts of the war, these entangled histories are made visible in Caribbean art and literature. The internment art of Josef Nassy and the fiction of Louis-Philippe Dalembert trace emancipatory migrations from Suriname to Belgium, Poland to Haiti, revealing unexpected intersections between Jewish and African diaspora wartime experience. This talk argues that creative mediums are especially deserving of our attention in the context of the Jewish Caribbean because of their capacity to recover creolized wartime memories that have fallen between the cracks of academic disciplines.

Speaker information

Sarah Phillips Casteel, Carleton University. Sarah Phillips Casteel is Professor of English at Carleton University, where she is cross-appointed to the Institute of African Studies. Her most recent books are Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (2016), which won a Canadian Jewish literary award, and the co-edited volume Caribbean Jewish Crossings: Literary History and Creative Practice (2019). She has taught at the Universities of Vienna, Mainz, and Potsdam and has held visiting fellowships at the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her current book project is Making History Visible: Black Victims of Nazi Persecution in Literature and Art.

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