Visiting Professor Lectures on Women's Holocaust Monument
(March 22, 2012) Janet Jacobs, author and professor of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, will lecture on “The Holocaust Memorial at Ravensbruck: Remembering Women's Suffering and Survival” at noon on Friday, March 30, 2012 in the Student Union's Ogeechee Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Jacobs will explore the representations of women's memory at the national memorial at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in eastern Germany. Ravensbruck was the only labor camp that was built specifically for women by the Nazi regime. Over a course of four years, more than 135,000 women and children were imprisoned there, most of who did not survive. The talk will examine the diverse ways in which women are memorialized at this national monument and the politics of German memory around gender and Jewish remembrance.
Jacobs' research focuses on ethnic and religious violence, the social psychology of gender and the production of collective memory. She has authored several books, including “Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews” for which she received the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her most recent book, “Memorializing the Holocaust: Gender, Genocide and Collective Memory,” is a study of cultural memory in the aftermath of mass trauma. Jacobs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Hazel Barnes Prize.