ONLINEStolpersteine: Intersection of Art and Holocaust Memorial

April 24, 2022 Free
(Photo: Axel Hindemith/Wikimedia Commons)

Stolpersteine, stumbling stones, are commemorative brass plaques installed by the German artist Gunter Demnig in front of the homes of victims of Nazi persecution. The plaques are controversial, triggering myriad responses: They have been celebrated, imitated and vandalized. These counter-memorials, a genre of art and memory activism, are alternative sites of commemoration, creating uncharted, improvised, unscripted modes of memory.

Join Dr. Rachel Lehr and professor Ruth Mandel for a multimedia presentation examining the intersection of art and memory.

Rachel Lehr earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago, writing a descriptive grammar of Pashai, a minority language spoken in eastern Afghanistan. Lehr’s work on the languages of Afghanistan addresses linguistics, poetry, gendered geographies and diasporic narratives. She co-authored ​”The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements​” with Jennifer Fluri, and the award-winning​ “The Sands of Oxus​” with John Perry. Lehr’s collaboration with Ruth Mandel, examining the work of the artist Gunter Demnig and his Stolpersteine, began when she was a Fulbright Scholar in Norway in 2017.

Professor Ruth Mandel is based in the Department of Anthropology at UCL, where she served as vice dean international. She has researched migration issues for several decades, primarily among migrants from Turkey in Germany, described in her prize-winning book, ​”Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany​.” She also has carried out research in post-Soviet Central Asia on media and development. Her book with Caroline Humphreys, ​”Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism,​” grew out of this work. Her current research on Stolpersteine with Rachel Lehr addresses issues of Holocaust memory and monuments in Europe.

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