Danielle Christmas
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Danielle Christmas is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation concerns how representations of Holocaust and slavery perpetrators contribute to American socioeconomic discourses. A recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-2014) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Cummings Foundation Fellowship (2013-2014), Danielle will complete her degree by May 2014. 

Please watch this video for a short talk entitled, "When Israel Becomes Germany: Agnosticism in Robert Young's Eichmann (2007)." This was recorded for presentation at the Film Club of the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Victoria, Australia on March 29th, 2012. 


OCTOBER 17th, 2013 (1:30 - 2:25)
"Evil and the Economic: American Narratives of Eichmann and Hitler," 11th International Holocaust Studies Conference - Global Perspectives on the Holocaust, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

OCTOBER 20th, 2013 (10:30 - 12pm)
"Repurposing the Nazi, Inhabiting the Jew: Transnational Reconciliation Narratives After 'Never Again,'" 25th Midwest Jewish Studies Association Conference, Spertus Institute of Jewish Leadership and Learning, Chicago, Illinois 

DECEMBER 3rd, 2013 (11am - 12pm)
"Nazis Gone Mad!: Adolf Hitler and Adolf Eichmann in American Fiction," Jewish Studies Lecture Series, Oakton College, Skokie, Illinois

JANUARY 9th, 2014 (1:45 - 3pm)
"Sexual (Re)Production, Social Death, and the Slavery Perpetrator," 129th Annual Modern Languages Association Annual Convention - Vulnerable Times, Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street (M/C 162)
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Office: 1819 University Hall

Phone: 312.622.4959

Email: dchris20@uic.edu

Academia: http://uic.academia.edu/DanielleChristmas

About.Me: http://about.me/DanielleChristmas

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmchristmas

The Future of the Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century

The inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, to be held in Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 6-8 July, 2014
Venues: Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre

The proliferation of depictions of the Holocaust and other traumatic events in popular culture and elsewhere demands continued attention to the means by which complex human experiences are communicated to and negotiated by contemporary audiences. From Anne Rothe’s Popular Trauma Culture to Alvin H. Rosenfeld’s The End of the Holocaust, recent scholarship has engaged with the ethics of different representational strategies—strategies that become progressively diverse with expanding technological innovations. Yet many questions remain unanswered. This conference aims to expose and explore key issues relating to the Holocaust, genocide and mass trauma, contributing to ongoing debates over historical and cultural representation.

Paper proposals might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- The limitations and possibilities of digital media in depicting traumatic pasts
- New research in Holocaust and genocide film, literature, art, and testimony
- The future of remembering traumatic events in monuments and museums
- Mediating gender, sexual violence and trauma
- The politics of identification and reception in representations of perpetrators
- The appropriation of the Holocaust as a metaphor for contemporary traumas
- Mediating trauma in the now via mobile screens and instant uploads
- Pedagogical uses of genocide representations in and out of the classroom

Please submit a 200 word abstract and short biographical statement for paper proposals to both Adam Brown adam.brown@deakin.edu.au and Danielle Christmas dchris20@uic.edu by 31 October 2013.

Panel proposals will also be accepted, which should include a brief 200 word outline of the panel as a whole followed by individual abstracts and bios.

‘Lightning sessions’ (of 5 minute presentations with discussion) will be available for students who do not wish to present a full paper. Please identify this preference and submit a 100-150 word abstract consisting of a short summary of research, a specific case study, or a methodological problem.

A number of travel bursaries will be available (application details to be advised shortly).

A selection of papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

FOR MORE DETAILS SEE: http://futureofthepast2014.wordpress.com
Public lecture at the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Victoria, Australia on August 8th, 2013

“A Parade of Villainous Vixons: Sex and Guilt in Jew Suss: Rise and Fall"
Pictured (below) with Dr. Adam BrownDr. Deb Waterhouse-Watson, and two Holocaust survivors from the Jewish Holocaust Centre.