Grant: Postdoc Memory Holocaust

Postdoctoral position available for work on AHRC-funded impact project

Mock-up of Exhibition Panels: Coming-to-Terms with the Past in Germany and South Africa

As part of an AHRC-funded follow-on project (to the major research grant ‘Germans as Victims? Discourses of German Wartime Suffering’, which ran 2005-08), the German department at Leeds is now looking to employ a postdoctoral research fellow to assist on a collaboration with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation (Cape Town), Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre (UK), and the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, which is based in Leeds. Professor Stuart Taberner will be leading the project, with input from Leeds colleagues Professor Paul CookeDr Helen Finch and Dr Matt Boswell, and from Professor Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent).

In brief, we will be designing an exhibition on the German experience of coming-to-terms with the past for display at the South African Holocaust and Genocide centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, and at Beth Shalom, and working with Beth Shalom on teaching materials deriving from the exhibition and with the Blah Blah Blah theatre company on a three-month drama workshop, also based on the exhibition, for young people in Leeds. In both the UK and SA, the exhibition will be ‘inflected’ to draw comparisons with contemporary issues relating to the British colonial past, immigration and refugees (in the UK) and the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. There will be public events in South Africa and the UK to mark the launch of the exhibition around Holocaust Memorial Day in late January 2015.

The postdoctoral research fellow will participate in the knowledge exchange in the UK and SA, be heavily involved in the drafting of the exhibition, work intensively on the teaching materials, and contribute to the public events and the drama workshop. He/she will also help with the routine administration of the project, and with coordination of partners. The post is for one year, from 3 February 2014, and it is 0.8 FTE (four days a week), at University Grade 6 (£24,766 – £29,541 p.a. pro-rata). We are looking for someone who has a PhD on a topic related to the project (for example, cultural or historiographical aspects of German coming-to-terms; Holocaust Studies), preferably has some experience of public engagement and/or collaboration with external partners, and who is enthusiastic about the prospect of making a positive intervention in contemporary debates in South Africa and the UK.

Further details are available from the University of Leeds ‘jobs’ website: ref code ARTML0102 at, and Stuart Taberner would be pleased to answer any informal enquiries.

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