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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Primo Levi Workshop: Primo Levi in Context: Categorizing Jewish, Holocaust, and Italian Literature

11th May 2019, 09:00, Senate Room, University College, Durham University

Workshop Programme

9:00 – 9:30: Registration with Coffee

9:30 – 9:40: Opening Remarks. Dr Annalisa Cipollone (Durham University)

9:40 – 10:25: Dr Zoe Roth (Durham University)

Race a​s Genre: Categorizing Jewish Literature

10:25 – 11:10. Dr Kathryn Brackney (Yale University / VWI, Vienna)

After the Flood: Surreal Art and Literature by Jewish Refugees in the Post-War Period

11:10 – 11:25 Break

11:25 – 12:10 Discussion

12:10 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00: Prof Derek Duncan (St Andrews University)

The Defiance of Humanism: Primo Levi, Toni Morrison, Paul Gilroy

14:00 – 14:45: Prof Stefania Lucamante (The Catholic University of America)

Primo Levi's Legacy: On Helga Schneider's Let Me Go and the Gift of Forgiveness

14:45 – 15:10: Coffee Break

15:10 – 15:50: Discussion

15:50 – 16:00: Conclusion

Co-Sponsored by:

  • SIS - The Society for Italian Studies (UK)
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Durham)
  • Living Texts / Performance and Performativity (Durham)
  • Hearing the Voice / Institute for Medical Humanities (Durham)
  • Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics (Durham)
  • LivItaly & ItaLeeds (Leeds)
  • Memory Studies in Modern Europe (Yale)

For further information, please contact the organizers Dr Guido Furci ( and Dr Cecilia Piantanida (

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