Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


15 March 2017

What is being 'remembered' in British Holocaust commemoration? (And why?) A work in progress

Presented By John Richardson
  • 1-2 pm (part of the CRCC seminar series)
  • Brockington U1.22

About this event

Remembrance and commemoration simultaneously invoke the past, present and future. They entail communication processes wherein people, events and stories of the past are recalled, retold and recontextualized in the present - frequently to engender a better/safer future society. The processes by which certain narratives of the past come to prominence over others, how we are to understand them and how to understand ourselves in relation to these pasts, are matters of deep social significance.

I am currently researching Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in Britain since 2002. Specifically, I am interested in examining both mass mediated commemoration since 2002 (and the ways this may have changed) and the ways that ordinary people engage with local remembrance activities. I will be interviewing organisers of HMD events and representatives of the HMD Trust, to examine peoples' motivation in organising events themselves to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Mass mediated texts will be analysed using a combination of quantitative and critical multimodal discourse analytic methods, and commemorative ceremonies will be approached as an example of multi-genre epideictic rhetorical oratory. This paper presents my work in progress.

This event is part of the CRCC Seminar Series.