Join us as Dr. David J. Simon, Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, discusses the memorialization of mass atrocities and genocide across a vast array of digital technologies, including both academic settings and unexpected virtual spaces like Minecraft, YouTube, and TikTok. What are the opportunities for remembrance that are made possible in these diverse spaces? And what are the potential hazards of memorializing mass atrocities and genocide in them?
Dr. David J. Simon is the Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and at the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale, where he also serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education. He is co-editor (with Eve Zucker) of the 2020 volume, Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age: Memorialization Unmoored (Palgrave-MacMillan), and co-editor (with Leora Kahn) of the forthcoming, Handbook of Genocide Studies (Edward Elgar). He has served as a consultant with the UN Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide.
This event is part of the 2022-23 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Trauma, Remembrance, and Compassion.” The event is organized by the KHC at Queensborough Community College and is co-sponsored by the Sam & Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center; the Ray Wolpow Institute at Western Washington University; the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College; the Wagner College Holocaust Center; and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University.