Host Organization: Department of English Language & Literature
“Remembrance and Hope Within and Against the Biopolitical Enclosure: The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as Exemplar”
Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Georgia
Abstract: Against Giorgio Agamben’s (and others’) paradigmatic reading of “the camp” and contemporary biopower, this paper tenders a reading of the museum’s treatment of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as exemplar of an affirmative necro/thanatopolitics that contests radically the biopolitical reduction (to bare life). In doing so, it incites the responsibilization of history and a reimagining of our collective future.