The English Program and the Film Studies Certificate Program Invite you to:
Concentrationary Memories: The Politics of Representation
March 3, 6:30-8:30PM
CUNY Graduate Center
Following a screening of Night and Fog (Resnais, 1955) Prof. Griselda Pollock will present her paper “One must destroy, but productively‚: Denial, Avoidance, or Warning? Cayrol and Resnais and the Displacement of Genocide in Nuit et Brouillard,” and Prof. Max Silverman will present “Concentrationary Memory in Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog. Q&A to follow.
Prof. Pollock’s presentation examines the emergence of the concept of the concentrationary. Performing a detailed multi-disciplinary analysis of Alain Resnais’s Nuit et Brouillard, made in 1955 in commemoration of the political deportations under the German Occupation. The essay engages with the intersection of the writings of David Rousset, Jean Cayrol, and Hannah Arendt on the concentration camp as a system of absolute power and total terror aimed at the destruction of the human in the living being.
Prof. Silverman’s presentation is more speculatively addressed to the possibility of a concentrationary imaginary: that, as feared by the originators of the concentrationary art of monitory memory, the concentrationary plague has leaked out and unthinkingly haunts and deforms contemporary popular culture in ways that are not recognized as being linked in any way to the historical realization of the concentrationary universe (Rousset) of 1933- 1945. It functions primarily as a failure of memory.
Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds.
Max Silverman is Professor of Modern French and Director of the Centre for French and Francophone Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.
This event is free and open to the public.