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Genocidal Disappearance/Disappearing Genocide: Holocaust Histories, Geographies and Memories Tim Cole

CentreSpace Gallery  |  Free

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A talk examining the relationship between genocide and disappearance, focusing particularly on the experience of the Holocaust.

Tim Cole will examine the centrality of disappearance to the experience of Jews living in occupied Europe during the war, while also thinking about the ways that this varied from place to place and person to person.

He will also reflect on how stories of genocide themselves can – and do – disappear. Rather than memory of disappearance being assured, the Holocaust has variously been remembered and forgotten.

This event is part of the State of Disappearance project.

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Tim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol. His research ranges across historical landscapes, environmental histories, monuments and memory, digital humanities and co-produced researched research methods, with a particular interest in the Holocaust. His latest books are Holocaust Landscapes (2016) and About Britain (2021).

About the State of Disappearance Project

The State of Disappearance project is a collaborative response that ​brings together the arts, humanities, social sciences and wider advocacy groups to bring new attention to the multiple ways disappearance occurs. Started in 2017 by the projects co-directors Professor Brad Evans (Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath) and Visual Artist Chantal Meza, it asks what forced absence and human denial means for societies and how we might better understand such violence in the 21st Century? 

The first phase of the project culminates in the State of Disappearance art exhibition, featuring 77 artworks on the theme by painter Chantal Meza. The exhibition will take place in Centrespace art gallery in the City of Bristol from 28 October to 8 November 2023 and will also coincide with the publication of a book with McGill-Queens University Press. The exhibition will kick off two weeks of public talks and panel discussions from renowned authorities, educating on a broad set of issues from enforced disappearance, the Holocaust, slavery, along with the challenges of finding the missing. 

The State of Disappearance Art Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery; the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath; ESRC Festival of Social Sciences; the Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol; the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; and Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. It is also partnered by Bristol Ideas; Locate International; Trebuchet Art Magazine; and The Philosopher.

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