This is the first conference on Jews and modern visual culture ever to be held in the United Kingdom. It will cover diverse themes such as the Jewish relationship with photography and cinema, as well as engagement with more conventional artistic formats. It also considers how modern visual culture portrayed Jews, such media as cartoons and contemporary digital forms. Papers will be presented by scholars from around the world, including the USA, Poland, Germany and Israel, as well as the UK.
Keynote presentations will be given by three distinguished international scholars: David Shneer, the Louis P. Singer chair in Jewish history, professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado; Carol Zemel, chair in the Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University, Canada; and Michael Berkowitz who holds a chair in modern Jewish history at University College London.
Also of interest:
David Glasser (Ben Uri Gallery, London) will present “The Spielberg Question – Jew-ish Culture – Qualitative or Quantitative?”
Robert Katz (University of Maine at Augusta, USA): “Were The House Still Standing: Exploring topography of Jewish memory through an innovative ap-proach to digital and visual storytelling.”