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The Holocaust and Social Media - Online Discussion

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Join us for an online discussion with a panel of academic experts talking about Holocaust memory on social media.

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In our May panel, we interrogate the multiple tensions between Holocaust education and memory, and social media cultures. There is much hesitation about the limits of social media platforms for Holocaust memory and education. Whilst they are generally conceived as exemplary of Web 2.0’s participatory cultures, which can open up exciting possibilities for co-curation with potentially new audiences, trolling cultures and the rise in visibility of Holocaust denial and distortion online also suggests they might not always be the most positive spaces for productive dialogue about the complex histories of this past.

Our speakers will address some of the following questions:

  • How does Holocaust memory circulate on social media? On what platforms? Who shares it? What type of content is posted? How do people interact with it?
  • Do Holocaust institutions need to relish some of their control over memory discourses in order to productively participate in these spaces or hold onto it more firmly to resist denial and distortion?
  • Recommended content on sites like YouTube is organised through a negotiation between the user, the curation of playlists by uploaders, and the site’s sort algorithm. Of course, digital corporations are very secretive about their algorithms – but should we fear them
  • Whilst they encourage ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’, can we also exploit them for positive aims?
  • What are the ethical issues of engaging with international corporations, renown for data harvesting and manipulation, for the purpose of Holocaust education?
  • Is there the possibility of creating alternative Not for Profit online spaces whilst still drawing in new audiences?
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