Dear students and colleagues!
The Department of History invites March 20, 2017 at 13.00 (сlassroom 213) to a public lecture on "Geography of the Holocaust" by Anne Knowles, who is a professor at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, USA. For more than twenty years she has been using GIS, a computer mapping technology, to visualize the Holocaust. She was a founding member of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, a team of geographers and historians who had been exploring the spatial aspects of the Holocaust since 2007. Their book, Geographies of the Holocaust, was published in 2014.
"Geographies of the Holocaust" will present four case studies of mapping the Holocaust at different geographical scales:
- The continental scale of the SS concentration and labor camps;
- The regional scale of the Einsatzgruppen attacks in Lithuania;
- The local scale of the Jewish ghetto in Budapest;
- The personal scale of the individuals forced to march out of Auschwitz in January 1945.
In addition to still maps and map animations, the lecture will include other types of "geovisualization" and a discussion of the challenges of visualizing the Holocaust.