Holocaust studies at the University of Leeds — seminar

Please join us for presentations by colleagues across the disciplines, reflecting on the development of Holocaust studies at the University of Leeds since the 1990s.

In this seminar, Diane Otosaka (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies) and Alessandro Bucci (Holocaust Centre North) will talk about their work.

Dr Diane Otosaka will discuss the recent French novel La Muette by Alexandre Lacroix (2017). Set in Drancy (the Holocaust era camp, now a suburb of Paris), it deals with both past and present. After the war the camp reverted back to its initial pre-war function of housing estate and it is still inhabited to date  She will look at this text in relation to inhuman spaces, concentrationary urbanism, and the affective power of the built environment.

Dr Alessandro Bucci took over as the director of the Holocaust Centre North (formerly Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre) during the Covid pandemic. He will share with us the ongoing transformation of and plans for the centre.

Organised by the Centre for Jewish Studies, this seminar is free and all are welcome.

The event will be chaired by Dr Eva Frojmovic, Associate Professor in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies.

For more information, email Eva Frojmovic.

Please note that this event will take place in Room G25.


Photo courtesy of the collections of Holocaust Centre North.