Creolizing Holocaust Memory: The Jewish Caribbean and Nazi Persecution in Literature and Art

19 October 2021

This seminar is part of Black History Month, jointly organised with the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies (CIPCS) and the English department.

During World War II, Caribbean expatriates living in Europe found themselves caught up in the war and, in some cases, imprisoned in internment or concentration camps. Meanwhile, some European Jewish refugees found safe haven in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean.

Long overlooked in standard accounts of the war, these entangled histories are made visible in Caribbean art and literature. The internment art of Josef Nassy and the fiction of Louis-Philippe Dalembert trace emancipatory migrations from Suriname to Belgium, Poland to Haiti, revealing unexpected intersections between Jewish and African diaspora wartime experience. This talk argues that creative mediums are especially deserving of our attention in the context of the Jewish Caribbean because of their capacity to recover creolized wartime memories that have fallen between the cracks of academic disciplines.

Chair: Dr James Jordan
Speaker: Dr Sarah Casteel, Carleton University

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  • Date of Event 19 October 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location

    Online talk