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Marianne Hirsch (Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, Columbia University)
Leo Spitzer (K. T. Vernon Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College)
Workshop: Representing Absence: Refugees, Forced Migration, and Aftermath
Marianne Hirsch, Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia University, and Leo Spitzer, K. T. Vernon Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at Dartmouth College, co-authors of School Photos in Liquid Time, have long collaborated on the study of memory and post memory of atrocities. Their keynote lecture, sponsored by the friends and family of Dr. Michael Hirsch in memory of his mother Lisl Hirsch, a Holocaust survivor and refugee from Vienna, was the opening event for the workshop, Representing Absence: Refugees, Forced Migration, and Aftermath. Photographs, according to Spitzer and Hirsch, are an important medium of family memory in the aftermath of displacement and forced migration that become “haunting reminders,” visual and tactile remnants that can bridge absences and discontinuities.