May 28, 29 & 30, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1030
Reception to follow the first lecture.
In the secretly and communally constituted archive, centered on Emanuel Ringelblum and gathered in the Warsaw Ghetto between 1939 and 1943, will be found around thirty-five thousand pages of stories, statistics, eyewitness accounts, poems, popular songs, children’s assignments from clandestine schools, and letters tossed from cattle cars on the way to Treblinka. The archive also includes a corpus of photographs that, hitherto, no one has truly considered.
These lectures will look at these images in relation to the texts that they accompany, asking questions about how, given the sparse and often enigmatic nature of these documents, to transmit an experience and how to do so betwixt and between images and words.
Georges Didi-Huberman teaches at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, is a Fellow of the British Academy, and is the author of numerous and wide-ranging books on art history and theories of the image. Among his works available in English are: The Surviving Image: Phantoms of Time and Time of Phantoms (2016), Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz (2008), Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art (2005), andInvention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière (2003).