To mark its publication, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer will present their new book, School Photos in Liquid Time. The book explores classroom photographs of schoolchildren and how they are pervasive, even in repressive historical and political contexts, such as that of Nazi-occupied Europe. Hirsch and Spitzer examine this genre of vernacular photography, from clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps, to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools. School Photos in Liquid Time offers a closer look at these images, tracing how photography advances ideologies of social assimilation as well as those of hierarchy and exclusion. In Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer’s deft analysis, school photographs reveal connections between the histories of persecuted subjects in different national and imperial centres.
The event will also feature reflections and responses from Professor Griselda Pollock and Professor Eva Hoffman. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Professor Leo Spitzer is Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History, Emiritus, at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Born in Bolivia to parents fleeing Nazi persecution in Austria, Spitzer is a cultural and comparative historian working in the field of Memory Studies. His works include Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism (1998).
Professor Griselda Pollock is a Professor in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Her works include Charlotte Salomon: The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory (2018).