Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Testimony and Culture

Fransiska Louwagie (University of Aberdeen), Caroline Sharples (University of Roehampton), Charlotte Schallié (University of Victoria) and Andrea Webb (University of British Columbia) have written a chapter entitled “Testifying to Genocide: A Creative and Critical Use of Memory and Testimony in Holocaust Education in the UK and Canada” in the recently published The Palgrave Handbook of Testimony and Culture. The book is edited by Sara Jones(University of Birmingham) and Roger Woods(University of Nottingham), and examines the ways researchers and practitioners work with testimony, the full range of testimony in the public sphere and brings together a wide range of perspectives on testimony.


This chapter reflects on two interdisciplinary projects drawing together research, teaching and creative practices regarding the history and memory of the Holocaust and other genocides. The first project, Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today, was delivered in the UK, whilst the second project, Narrative Art and Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education, is an international Canada-led project. The UK project combined drama and research activities  to foster critical skills and self-awareness in secondary school pupils, whilst the Canadian project commissioned three graphic novels based on survivor testimony, to conduct participatory action research and educational activities in secondary schools and universities. Both projects show a potential for future uses of testimony and memory through combined critical and creative engagement, that is considerate of the positionality of young people today and their relationship with the past.

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