Philip Spencer and Marlene Gallner
“The Politics of Holocaust Memory”
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Philip Spencer is emeritus professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Kingston University and a visiting professor in politics at Birkbeck College. He was the founder of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Mass Violence at Kingston University and is a Trustee of The Wiener Holocaust Library. He is the author of (amongst others) Genocide since 1945 (Routledge, 2012), Nations and Nationalism (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, with Howard Wollman), and with Robert Fine, Anti-Semitism and the Left: On the return of the Jewish Question ( Manchester University Press, 2017). He is currently writing a book on Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism.
Marlene Gallner studied Political Science, Philosophy, History, Jewish Studies, and Austrian Studies at the Universities of Vienna and the University of Maryland, College Park, with a focus on the impact of Nazism and the Shoah, Germany’s dealing with the past, and the evolution of antisemitism. She is one of the editors of sans phrase. Zeitschrift für Ideologiekritik, the Vienna-based biannual German-language journal dedicated to social and cultural analyses in the tradition of Frankfurt School critical theory. She has been running educational programs in Germany, Austria, and Israel and has lectured and published widely on antisemitism, post-war German society, and post-Shoah philosophy. Her English-language publications include “Like a Cloud Contains a Storm. Jean Améry’s Critique of Anti-Zionism” (Fathom, Autumn 2016). She is the editor of Jean Améry. Essays on Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and the Left (Indiana University Press, 2022).