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Denial - Painful Pasts and Hidden Histories

March 26, 2017, 10:45am BST - 5:45pm
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London, Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
United Kingdom

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Speakers: Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London; Professor Catherine Hall, University College London; Professor Daniel Pick, Birkbeck, University of London and Professor Philippe Sands QC, University College London

The Pears Institute explores, through two powerful documentaries, the ways individuals and generations deal with the discovery of uncomfortable family truths - the past actions of parents and grandparents; and the challenge of confronting them.

The films will be shown back to back with a break for lunch. You may come for the whole day, to either film screening (morning or afternoon), or join us for the final panel discussion that follows.

  • 10.45 - 12.25 Film screening: My Nazi Legacy
  • 12.30 - 1.15 Discussion with Philippe Sands
  • 1.15 - 2.15 Lunch
  • 2.15 - 4.00 Film screening: The Flat
  • 4.15 - 5.30 Panel discussion about both films

In the panel discussion, speakers will consider the questions the films raise about memory and legacy within families. How do individuals cope with evil, deceit or betrayal of other family members? Do men react differently from women? Do different generations react differently? How do the actions of past lives colour the lives of those in the present? Should descendants acknowledge or apologise for wrong-doings of others? And how does one think about conscious deception as opposed to unconscious denial and disavowal?

About the panel speakers: Stephen Frosh is a specialist on the social and cultural applications of psychoanalytic theory, considering gender, identity, otherness and racist hate and Daniel Pick is a cultural and intellectual historian and psychoanalyst, with a particular interest in the Nazi mind.

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