Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Dr Jean Marc-Dreyfus (Manchester)
Paper: ‘Literature and History Writing, a Blurring of Genres? A Historian reads Sebald’s Austerlitz

Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus is Reader in Holocaust Studies within the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. His research interests include: Holocaust studies; Genocide studies/anthropology of genocide; History of the Jews in Europe (19th-20th Century); History of Jews in France (19th-20th Century); Economic history of France and Germany; Holocaust memory/politics of memory; Modern history of Alsace and Rebuilding post-war societies. He is the author of four monographies including Pillages sur ordonnances. La confiscation des banques juives en France et leur restitution, 1940-1953 (Paris, Fayard, 2003) and, with Sarah Gensburger Nazi Labor Camps in Paris, (New York, Oxford, berghahn Books, 2012) and Il m’appelait Pikolo. Un compagnon de Primo Levi raconte [He called me Pikolo. A companion of Primo Levi tells his story] (2007). He is the co-editor of the Dictionnaire de la Shoah [Dictionary of the Holocaust] (2009).

His current research includes the role of diplomats in the aftermath of the Holocaust and in the exhumations of mass graves. He is the co-organiser of the research programme “Corpses of mass violence and genocide”.

Closing Keynote: Dr Claire Chambers (York)
Paper: ‘Flicking the Vs to the Versus: Postcolonial Literary Border-Crossing’

Claire Chambers is a Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of York, where she researches and teaches modern writing from South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas. She is the author of British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers. She has also published widely in such journals as Postcolonial Text, Crossings, and Contemporary Women’s Writing, and is Co-editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

Claire’s interest in the literature of the Indian subcontinent and ‘the Muslim world’ was originally ignited by the year she spent prior to university teaching in Peshawar, Pakistan.  It continues to be informed by return visits to the region, and by engagement work with diasporic communities.


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