Resisting erasure: geo-mapping destroyed and forgotten Jewish communities

Photos of speakers Dr. Frances Malino, Jason Guberman-Pfeffer, and Dr. Nataliia Ivchyk for the even "Resisting Erasure: geo-mapping destroyed and forgotten Jewish communities" taking place Feb 14 at UBC Vancouver, overlaid on a photo of broken tiles piled on the floor.

Whether by persecution and/or migration, too many once-thriving Jewish communities are gone. And by neglect or willful destruction, many of the physical traces of those communities have also disappeared. The resulting absences are sometimes in the service of regimes that want to deny a multi-ethnic past. They are also an insult that intensifies the anguish of the descendants of those communities.

This event, co-sponsored by the Public Humanities Hub, the Department of History and the Holocaust Education Committee, presents two geo-mapping projects that resist those erasures. Diarna is the Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life and Mnemonics, which includes details on lost Jewish communities in Ukraine, promotes the “formation of inclusive memory culture in Ukraine.”


Dr. Nataliia Ivchyk, visiting scholar, Rivne State University, Ukraine

Dr. Frances Malino, Wellesley College; Board President, Digital Heritage Mapping

Jason Guberman-Pfeffer, Project Coordinator, Digital Heritage Mapping

Hosted by Dr. Richard Menkis, UBC History

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
5:00-6:30 pm (Pacific Time)
The Peña Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Online via Zoom

This will be a hybrid event with livestreaming. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will be attending in person or online.
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