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The Digitization of Genocide Memory: Consequences and Contestation
September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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 spaces? What are the potential hazards of memorializing mass atrocities and genocide in these diverse spaces?
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. In 2020, the genocide studies program launched the Mass Atrocities in the Digital Era (MADE) initiative, dedicated to bringing the research and policy on genocide (from prevention to memorialization) in line with the digital realities of the contemporary era. 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 United Nations 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.