Book Launch: Women in European Holocaust Film


Thursday 26th April 2018  No 02:00 pm             

Fr McNally Recital Room, PJ Carroll Building, Dundalk Insistute of Technology                                                        


The Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology are delighted to host the launch of a new book entitled Women in European Holocaust Films: Perpetrators, Victims and Resisters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) by its member Dr Ingrid Lewis from the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music. The event will take place at 2pm on the 26 April 2018 in the Fr McNally Recital RoomCarroll Building at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

President of Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dr Michael Mulvey will launch the book. As part of the event, Dr Lewis will present some of her research alongside presentations from Professor Barry Langford, Head of Film Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London and Associate Professor Debbie Ging, DCU.

This book considers how women’s experiences have been treated in films dealing with Nazi persecution. Focusing on fiction films made in Europe between 1945 and the present, this study explores dominant discourses on and cinematic representation of women as perpetrators, victims and resisters. This monograph casts new light on cinema’s function as a discursive intervention into cultural memory and the politics of remembrance while offering a significantly more inclusive account of Holocaust representation of women than has been attempted before.

“An impressive and overdue entry into Holocaust Studies literature”

(Wendy Lower, Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College, USA)

“Demonstrable expertise, clarity of writing, breadth of coverage and sophistication of approach are all notable features of this excellent and important study.”

(Barry Langford, Professor of Film Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

“This book provides a formidable and discerning overview that profoundly alters our understanding of the forms and evolution of the representation of women in European Holocaust cinema.”

(Laura Rascaroli, Professor of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland)

“Lewis' excellent research and exceptional writing make her work a compelling addition to the growing literature on women's experiences during the Holocaust.”

(Adam Brown, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Deakin University, Australia)


The Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk IT was established promote research across media, arts and humanities involving external collaborations with regional industry, community groups and other Higher Education institutions in Ireland and internationally. The centre is committed to attracting researchers to DkIT and building a community of shared practice within and across disciplinary boundaries.

The launch of Women in European Holocaust Films: Perpetrators, Victims and Resisters is one of a number of forthcoming research events that include the launch of Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling: Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms by Dr Kelly McErlean in May as part of the joint Éistigí – Picteilín Music and Creative Media Conference.

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