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An Inconvenient Comparison:
Climate Change Through the Lens of the Holocaust

Friday February 17 | 12 PM Eastern Time

The Memory in the Disciplines initiative of Stony Brook University presents Stef Craps ‘An Inconvenient Comparison: Climate Change Through the Lens of the Holocaust’.

Despite being widely regarded as posing a new and unprecedented threat to human civilization and perhaps even human life on this planet, climate change is often culturally imagined in terms of past historical traumas. In this lecture, I will explore how the spectre of the Holocaust, in particular, haunts contemporary representations of the climate emergency, ranging from (frequently controversial) statements by public figures to historical accounts and literary texts. The shadow of this earlier event that looms over the current climate crisis can be productively interpreted through Marianne Hirsch’s concept of postmemory and Michael Rothberg’s notion of multidirectional memory. Future-oriented concepts such as pre-trauma and anticipatory memory help shed further light on these Holocaust-climate change linkages.

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