Rob Priest is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway. He is a specialist on questions of religion, race and secularisation in France, and has broader interests in the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe. His first book The Gospel according to Renan was published by Oxford University Press.
Followed by a panel discussion with Professor Max Silverman (French Studies, University of Leeds), Professor Sue Harris (Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London) and Mrs Stephanie Hesz-Wood (PhD student, History, Royal Holloway, University of London), moderated by Dr Rob Priest (History, Royal Holloway, University of London).
Attending this event
Max Silverman is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Leeds. He works on post-Holocaust culture, postcolonial theory and cultures, and questions of trauma, memory, race and violence. His most recent monograph, entitled Palimpsestic Memory: the Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film (Berghahn, 2013), considers the connections between the Holocaust and colonialism in the French and Francophone cultural imaginary. He has recently published four co-edited books with Griselda Pollock on the theme of the ‘concentrationary’: Concentrationary Cinema (2011), Concentrationary Memories (2014), Concentrationary Imaginaries (2015) and Concentrationary Art (2019).
Queen Mary, University of London
Stephanie Hesz-Wood is an ARHC-funded doctoral student in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her PhD thesis entitled, ‘A Spatial History of Drancy: Architecture, Appropriation and Memory’ is interdisciplinary in approach, combining architectural history with social and cultural history. Recently Stephanie has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, edited by Christine Schmidt, Dan Stone and Suzanne Bardgett, due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.
Films screening at this event
- Ruth Zylberman
- 103 min
The residential building at 209 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 10ème is still standing, elegant and imposing as it has always been. Many of those who used to live here and their descendants, however, have dispersed all over the world ever since the end of the war, resettling in Melbourne, New York and Tel Aviv, among other places. In this captivating documentary, filmmaker Ruth Zylberman, who chose the site randomly, retraces the footsteps of the Jewish women, men and children for whom the building was once home, pondering over the intricate relationship between place, community and identity.