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Past Workshops and Events



10th October: Workshop "Only Doing my Duty. Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State-Sanctioned Violence" 


2013/14 Film Series "Portraying Perpetrators" 


 12th November 2014    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Introduced by Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia)
"Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) has long been recognised as one of the key artistic expressions of the nuclear age. Made at a time when nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was a real possibility, the film is menacing, exhilarating, thrilling, insightful and very funny." Peter Kramer, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (London: BFI Film Classics 2014).
10th December 2014    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre
Aftermath (2012)
Introduced by Julian Petley (Brunel)
This contemporary drama was inspired by the 1941 progrom in the Jewish community of Jedwabne and the book "Neighbors" by Jan T. Gross. It tells the story of two brothers intent on finding out what happened in their village during the war and how their own family became entangled in the murder of their Jewish neighbours. In Poland, the film was very controversial and reignited the controversy about the role Poles played in the Holocaust.



- 3rd to 5th July: Conference "Disturbing Pasts" (more information) 


29th May 2014: UCL Festival of the Arts - "Auschwitz: Awkward Approaches"

Check out Phil Leask's blog about the event:


12th May 2014: Workshop "The Transmission of a Troubled Past: Between the Personal and the Professional" (more information) 

12th May 2014 2 or 3 things I Know about Him (Germany, 2005)
From rottentomatoes

"German filmmaker Malte Ludin explores the questionable legacy of his father, executed Plenipotentiary Nazi Party Minister Hanns Ludin, in this documentary that delves into a dark family history while exploring just how stories are passed down through the generations. It's been 60 years since the end of World War II, and though the story of Hanns Ludin is now a matter of public record, his family continues to whitewash their history and deny the brutal facts."
German with English subtitles


The film is going o be introduced by the author Alexandra Senfft (granddaughter of Hanns Ludin and niece of the filmmaker).


7:30pm     UCL, Pearson Lecture Theatre



24th March 2014 The Passenger (Poland, 1963)
"The last film of Andrzej Munk, who died in a crash during the filming. A German woman on a ship coming back to Europe notices a face of another woman which brings recollections from the past. She tells her husband that she has been an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, but she has actually saved a woman's life. Her vision is shown and then the actual events." 
Polish with English subtitles

7pm     UCL, Pearson G17


3 March 2014 Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss (Germany, 2008) introduced by Erica Carter (Kings College London), Professor of Film Studies and German.


12 December 2013, 6:30pm: Film screening of the documentary film "Ventzki - Kinder der Täter, Kinder der Opfer" (German with English subtitles), including introduction and discussion afterwards. Engineering Front Building, Room 103 & 104.


September 19 2013: workshop "Reverberations of a Violent Past: Space and Transmission" at the Catholic Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oswiecim (Poland); invited speakers: Julie Lindahl (Stockholm), Krzysztof Ruchniewicz (Wroclaw), Piotr Trojanski (Oswiecim).


May 9 2013: UCL Festival of the Arts, joint ROW group event: Choosing to Remember/Choosing to Forget: Shaping legacies of a violent past. Blog report about the event:


December 6&7 2012: conference "Shame and Shaming in Twentieth Century Europe". Joint conference with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin. Conference report:


January and February 2012: internal workshops on theoretical issues, perpetrators and trauma.


November 2 2011: public film screening of the documentary film A Song for Argyris (original title: Ein Lied fuer Argyris), 8pm in room B10 (17 Gordon Square). All welcome!


October 5 2011: workshop on Herta Müller's novel Atemschaukel


May 31 2011: workshop on trauma with Maggie Turp, practising psychoanalyst, London


May 11 2011: workshop with Dr Jörg Echternkamp, Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt Potsdam and Sebastian Gehrig, MPhil, Universität Heidelberg