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Virtual Event on March 9: Research on Mapping Holocaust Survival to be Unveiled

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 17, 2022

Simone Gigliotti

MAHWAH, N.J. – On March 9 at 2 p.m., Simone Gigliotti, senior lecturer and associate professor of Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, will discuss “Spatial Stories: On the Trail of a Holocaust Survivor Cartography” with Sarah Koenig, assistant professor of history at Ramapo College. The program will take place under the auspices of The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and will be delivered remotely via Zoom. All wishing to attend may register at:

For too long, Holocaust survivors’ hand-drawn maps have been marginalized in scholarship about witness representations of lived experience. The so-called era of the witness has advanced written accounts, trial testimony, and oral history as preeminent knowledge of individual persecution, while rarely acknowledging the geo-visual and spatial impulses that have underpinned evidentiary retellings of the Nazi and post-war eras. Gigliotti will reflect on the capacity of digital geo-spatial tools to curate an ideational cartography of Holocaust survivors’ orienting impulses, and unpack the social constructions around creative practice, archival classification, and historical evidence.

Simone Gigliotti is the author and/or co-editor of seven books and many journal articles and book chapters on the Holocaust and its testimonial, spatial and visual representation, and on Nazi-era Central European Jewish refugees and their global trajectories. She is currently finalizing a fully digital and interactive scholarly work, Restless Archive: The Holocaust and the Cinema of the Displaced (Indiana University Press, 2023).

Sarah Koenig has been in the forefront of Ramapo College’s Digital Humanities initiative. She teaches Native American History, and her book, Providence and the Invention of American History, was published last year by Yale University Press.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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