Holocaust Memory as Situated Narrative with Dr. Jakub Mlynář
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Horton Hall, Room 115
The temporality of existence and complexities of human memory have numbered among the traditional topics of philosophy and social thought since ancient times. Over the past decades, social dimensions of memory have gained unprecedented consideration in the social sciences. Many attempts to conceptualize the often vaguely used term “collective memory“ have reached the conclusion that it is deeply related to language and narrative. In my talk, I will go beyond this notion and provide a “respecification” of collective memory as a witnessable interactional phenomenon. In particular, I will focus on oral history interviews with Holocaust survivors and how these interviews are used in the classroom. Analyzing one clip from an oral history interview, first by focusing on its own situated organization and then looking at the same clip as part of classroom work completed by students, I will demonstrate just what “recontextualization“ of oral history consists of in terms of situated action.
Jakub Mlynar is a researcher at Charles University in the Czech Republic and at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais/Wallis). He is studying the use of digital technology in classroom interactions and the embodied aspects of oral history, narrative, and identity. From September to December 2021, supported by the Czech Fulbright Commission, he is working at the Garfinkel Archive in Newburyport (MA) on a research project that explores Harold Garfinkel’s collaboration with Edward L. Rose.
Sponsors: Department of Communication
Department of Languages, Literature, & Culture