International Conference
13-15 April 2011
University of Leeds

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Wed 13th April
Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre Business School SR1.32 Business School SR1.33

11.00am – 1.00pm



1.00pm – 1.30pm

Welcome by Directors of the AHRC Research Project Concentrationary Memories    

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Keynote Lecture

Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds)

Concentrationary Imaginaries


2.45pm – 4.45pm

A) Fascinating fascism

Isabelle Hesse, (An)Other Self?: The Nazi who lived as Jew, the Jew who wrote as Nazi

Richard Crownshaw, Jonathan Littells’s The Kindly Ones: Fascinating Fascism or an ethics of remembrance?

Massimo Antoniazzi, Fascist Priapus. Contemporary expressions of the Nazi-Fascist sexual imaginary

Adriana Decu, Rewriting the holocaust: revenge and retribution in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards.

B) Concentrationary Art 1

David Jones, Archive, index, artefact: holocaust effects in Christian Boltanski.

Xiofam Amy Li, Contemporary art spaces and non-representational violence.

Katherine Guinness, Mermaids and Muselmann: Rosemarie Trockel’s ‘Pennsylvania Station’ and the Figure of Concentration Camp ‘Other’.

Arthur Rose, Questions of catastrophe in the Concentrationary Imaginary.

C) ‘Dark Times’ 1

Claudia Draganoiu, How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients, or Imaginaries of Totalitarianism in Romanian Contemporary Literature.

Corina Ilea, Stefan Constantinescu: The Communist ‘Golden Age’

Daniela Petrosel, The Science and the Fiction of Violence

Pablo La Porte, Concentrationary Imaginaries in Spain: the undesired effect of the Ley de Memoria Historica (2007).

4.45pm – 5.15pm

Tea/Coffee Break


5.15pm – 6.45pm

Keynote Lecture

Adriana Cavarero (Universita di Verona)

Framing Horror


6.45pm – 8.00pm




Thurs 14th April
Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre Business School SR1.32 Business School SR1.33

9.30am – 11.00am

Keynote Lecture

Ian James (University of Cambridge)

Totality, Convergence, Synchronization


11.00am – 11.30am

Tea/Coffee Break    

11.30am – 1.00pm

D) Media

Rowland Atkinson, Inside the murder box: social extremity and interactive videogaming.

Paula Gilligan, A season in Hell: Enclosure, alienation, and the politics of housing estate in Channel 4’s Red Riding trilogy (2009).

E) ‘Dark Times’ 2

Simon Swift, ‘This old combination of violence, life and creativity’: Arendt in 1968

Zeynep Gambetti, Arendt and Foucault on market logic: security, violence and superfuousness

Olivia Guaraldo, The tyranny of reality shows and the democracy of fiction: Hannah Arendt and Primo Levi on Countering Concentrationary Imaginaries

F) Cities

Filippo Trentin, Urban Slums as Concentration Camps: Notes on Rome’s Modernization.

Iskandar Rementeria Arnaiz, New Urbanism of concentrationary imaginary in the city of Bilbao: the aesthetic proposal of the artist Jorge Oteiza as a way of rupture

1.00pm – 2.30pm



2.30pm – 4.00pm

G) Science fiction and the concentrationary empire

Ika Willis, Harry Potter and the Remnants of Auschwitz: the Banality of Concentrastionary Memory

Hollweg/Sternberg, The concentrationary Universe of La Femme Nikita.

Simon Bacon, Whoops!: The accidental creation of a Vampire/Zombie Apocalypse as Projected Modernist Death-Drive.

H) Concentrationary Art 2

Anthony Sampson, The violent logic of inclusion/exclusion in contemporary art

Jack Tan, Effacing the image: aesthetics and the concentrationary image

Andrew Hennlich, ‘Learning from the absurd’: Violence and comparative history in William Kentridge’s Ubu tells the Truth

I) Sites of Cruelty

Banu Helvacioglu, Locating sites of cruelty: three literary responses to death marches and war in Anatolia (1905-22).

Claudia Salamanca, Mediated Bodies: the kidnapping of 12 assemblymen in Cali, Colombia.

Rebecca Jinks, Spaces of violence and the representation of the genocide

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Tea/Coffee Break


4.30pm – 6.00pm

Keynote Lecture

Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)

Finding Antidotes. Philosophy and the Concentrationary



Dinner at University House



Fri 15th April
Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre Business School SR1.32 Business School SR1.33

9.30am – 11.00am

J) Popular culture

Viktoriya Sukovata, Images of ‘German fascist’ in the Soviet and post-Soviet popular culture.

Lucy Bond, Refusing to bare life: visualising falling in the memorial culture of 9/11

Raul Carstocea, History writing as re-education: the story of a concentrationary experiment in the Romanian gulag

K) Literature of Terror

Chun Fu, Archaeology of a failed imagination and the ghosts of Muhammad Atta

Josephine Savarese, The red world and corresponding breezes went on Geyron did not: locating the homo sacer in law, literature and art

Pietro Deandrea, The spectralised camp: cultural representation of British new slaveries

L) Italian issue

Robert Gordon, Genocide as metaphor in 1960s and 1970s Italy

Charles Burdett, Remembering the reality of Italian colonialism

Derek Duncan, ‘No voice for the disappearance of voice’: models of migrant subjectivity in Italy

11.00am – 11.30am

Tea/Coffee Break    

11.30am – 1.00pm

M) Concentrationary Cinema

Benjamin Hannavy-Cousen, Re-reading British Cinema 1962-1979: The inscription of the Concentrationary Imaginary in the Work of Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson and Alan Clarke.

Karyn Pilgrim, Guantanamo Baby: pop culture heroines and the twenty-first-century torture prerequisite.

Enrica Picarelli, The concentrationary imaginary in Saviano’s Gomorrah.

N) Concentrationary memory and the counter-concentrationary imaginaries

Chare/Williams, The scrolls of Auschwitz: writing amidst a nightmare of crime

Tommaso Speccher, Concentrationary cityscapes: mimesis and symbol in Berlin and Trieste.

Victoria Nesfield, The Holocaust experience: the role of ‘the place’ in Holocaust education

O) Literature of Terror 2

Ryszard Bartnik, Repression vs. Acknowledgment – two contradictory ways of contending with the violent formula in post-apartheid South Africa

Jenny Adams, ‘They too were cults of death’: reading the concentrationary through literary responses to ‘terror’.

Ruth Kitchen, Resisting the concentrationary imaginary: shame and complicity in post-war French literature

1.00pm – 2.30pm



2.30pm – 4.00pm

Keynote Lecture

Samuel Weber (Northwestern University)

Concentration and Isolation: A Freudian Perspective


4.00pm – 4.30pm

Tea/Coffee Break


4.30pm – 5.00pm

Closing Remarks