Perpetrator Studies Network




Day 1 – Thursday  January 11, 2018

13.00 – 13.30               Registration

13.30- 14.00                Welcoming Words by Susanne C. Knittel and Christophe Busch

14.00 – 15.30               Keynote  Lecture

Ulrike Weckel ( Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany)

“ Exposing to Shame: Nazi Concentration Camp Personnel Before Allied Cameras”

15.30 – 16.00               Coffee

16.00 – 18.00               Panel  1  SS Photography

Ulrike Koppermann ( European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany) –  Exploring  the ‘Perpetrators’ Gaze’ – Visual Semantics of the “Auschwitz Album” and its Role in the Context  of Mass Murder

Christoph  Kreutzmüller ( Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany), Tal Bruttman (Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France) and Stefan Hördler (Mittelbau-Dora Concetration Camp Memorial, Nordhausen, Germany)- Reconstructing the Photographs from the Lili Jacobs Album from Auschwitz-Birkenau

Timothy  J. Schmalz (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, United Kingdom) – The SS-Kalender and the Dilemmas of Propagandizing the  Volksgemeinschaft, 1938-1944

Gregor Holzinger  (Mauthausen Memorial, Mauthausen, Austria) –  The Aestheticization of Death – Paul Ricken and the Identification Service  of Concertation Camp Mauthausen  

18.00 – 20.00               Reception with the possibility to visit Museum Kazerne Dossin


Day 2 – Friday January 12, 2018

9.00 – 10.30                 Keynote Lecture

Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom)

“Picturing the Perpetrator: From Malmedy to Dachau”

10.30 – 11.00               Coffee

11.00 – 12.30               Panel 2 Perpetrators and New Media

Elizabeth Topolosky ( International criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands) – The use of  Mass Trauma Imagery in Internet Memes

Younes  Saramifar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – the Challenge  of Ethnography of good-Guys in Battlefields

Niklas Kammermeier (University of Bochum, Bochum, Germany)  – Hot mug shots: Corporeality in Perpetrator Photographs

12.30 – 13.30               Lunch

13.30 – 15.00               Panel 3 Perpetrators and Victims in Holocaust Photography

Christophe Busch (Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen, Belgium) – Bonding  Images : Photography & Films as Act of Perpetration

Niv Goldberg (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)- Noun, Verb, Subject, Object : A grammar   of Representation – or  Photographic Fiction and Painted Truth

Valerie Hébert (Lakehead University Orillia , Ontario, Canada) – Photographs of a Mass Shooting in Ukraine, October 1942

15.00 – 15.30               Coffee

15.30 – 17.30              Panel 4 From Photography  to Video Footage: Perpetrators as Objects and Subjects

Iva Vukušić ( Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands) – The Scorpions Video and the Matter -of-Factness of Killing

Katarina Ristić (EEGA Leibniz Science Campus- Leipzig Univeristy, Leipzig, Germany) – Imagery of War Criminals

Amir Taha (Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands) – The formalization of the Mahdi Army in Iraq and the Role of Videos before  Social Media

Uğur Ümit Üngör ( Utrecht University, Utrecht and NIOD Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – Unraveling Syrian Perpetrators in Audio-Visual  Material

17.30 – 19.30               Film Screening ‘Austerlitz’ by Sergei Loznitsa

19.30 – 22.00               Dinner


Day 3 – Saturday January 13, 2018

9.00 – 11.00                 Panel 5 Visuality, Affect, Ambiguity

Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – Refaced/Defaced: Using Photographic Portraits of Khmer Rouge Perpetrators in Justice, Education and Human Rights Activism in Cambodia

Vincente Sanchez-Biosca ( University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain) – Perpetrator Photographs Seen Through Cinematographic Lenses. Editing as Hisotric Interpretation in Portraits of Identification (A.Leandro, 2014)

Kristof Titeca (University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium) – Photographs of Lord’s Resistance Army Rebels

11.00 – 11.30               Coffee

11.30 – 13.30               Panel 6 Colonial Violence, Agency, and the Question of Comparison

Volker Langbehn (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, United States), – Eugenics and Colonial photography

Michelle Gordon ( Royal Holloway – University of London, London, United Kingdom) – Viewing  Images of British Colonial Violence

Nicole Toedtli ( Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial, Nordhausen, Germany) – Similarities. Differences. On the Comparability of Photographs

Karen Remmler ( Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, United States) – Reframing Acts of Violence in the Digital Age

13.30 – 14.30               Lunch

14.30 – 16.30               Panel 7 Perpetrators, Photography and Memory Politics

Alexandru Muraru ( University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania) –  The Iasi Pogrom, the Most Photo-Documented Genocidal Event in the  Romanian Holocaust: Context of Images, Killing Developments, Public Discourse and the Uses of Photographic Memories in the Last 70 Years

John Lennon (Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom) – Photography and Interpretation in Sites of Dark Tourism

Susanne Luhmann (University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada) –  My Nazi Family Album: On the Uses of Family Photographs in Autobiographical Documentary Films and Memoirs by Descendants of Nazi Perpetrators and Supporters

Dumitru Lacatusu (University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania) – The Photographs of the Political Crimes in Communist Romania. The Case of the Peasant Riots in Banat (1949)

17.00                           End of the Conference


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