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54th Annual AJS Conference Plenary

Memory in the Time of War

Thursday, December 15, 2022; 1:00 pm EST, Online

Jewish Studies has long been concerned with issues of memory, identity, war, and conflict. This plenary takes these topics, and the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine as a starting point to ask how warfare disrupts sites of memory, places scholars at those sites at risk, and challenges who owns memories of the past. Moderated by Dr. Mira Sucharov, Professor of Political Science at Carleton University and an expert in Israel/Palestine and questions of narrative and memory, panelists Dr. Marta Havryshko, Director of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (Kyiv), and Dr. Jessica Auchter, Professor of International Studies at Université Laval with expertise in visual representation and memory, will explore what counts as "proper" memorialization, the idea of transnational memory, and contested memories and controversies in Ukraine, as well as the larger implications in other cases around the world.


Dr. Jessica Auchter is Professeur Titulaire (Full Professor) at the École supérieure d’études internationales (Graduate School of International Studies) at Université Laval in Québec, Canada. She is the author of Global Corpse Politics: The Obscenity Taboo (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations (Routledge, 2014), as well as dozens of academic articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a project on the visual representation of atrocity.


Dr. Marta Havryshko is a Director at the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. Also, she is a URIS Fellow at Basel University. She published extensively on the gender dimensions of WWII and the Holocaust. Currently, she is developing her book project on sexual violence during the Holocaust in Ukraine.


Dr. Mira Sucharov is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author or co-editor of five books, including Borders and Belonging: A Memoir (Palgrave 2021), and Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates (University of Toronto Press, 2019), co-edited with Aaron Hahn-Tapper. A co-founder of the Jewish Politics division at AJS, she is the outgoing co-editor (with Chaya Halberstam) of AJS Perspectives.