Presentations

Conference Papers
2015 ‘Bridging Empathy and Protective Indifference?: Animal Welfare, Online Engagement, and the Activist-Slacktivist Divide,’ Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, July (co-authored with Deirdre Quinn-Allan).
2014 ‘Digital Media Innovation and Gamification in the Holocaust Museum: The Potentialities and Limitations of the JHC StoryPods’, The Future of the Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century, Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, July.
2014 ‘Playful Publics as “Game-makers”?: Digital Media, Produsers, and the (R)evolution of Board Gaming’, Contemporary Publics International Symposium, Deakin University, February (co-authored with Deb Waterhouse-Watson).
2013 ‘Between Whores and Heroes: Screening Women’s Complicity During the Holocaust’, Aftermath: Sites and Sources: The 3rd Jan Randa International Conference in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, August (co-authored with Deb Waterhouse-Watson).
2013 ‘When the Holocaust Comes to Harlem: Racial and Economic (In)Justice in American Holocaust Film’, as part of ‘Representing the Irrepresentable: Narratives and Visual Images of Slavery, Forced Labor, and Genocide, Part 3: Entangled Narratives and Images: Genocide and Racial Segregation’, 127th American Historical Association Meeting, New Orleans, January (co-authored with Danielle Christmas).
2012 ‘“Don’t Try to Make Her Ugly!”: Representing Women’s Complicity in the Holocaust through the Camera’s Gaze’, The Gender Games: Stories in/for the Contemporary World, Deakin University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, Deakin Prime, Melbourne, November.
2012 ‘Screening Perpetrators in Holocaust Film: Guilt, Ambiguity and Responsibility’, Lessons & Legacies XII, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, November (workshop convened with Danielle Christmas and Deb Waterhouse-Watson).
2012 ‘Beyond the “Silent Scream”: Screening the Holocaust in Racialised Urban America’, The Holocaust and Legacies of Race in the Postcolonial World, 1945 to the Present, University of Sydney, April (co-authored with Danielle Christmas).
2012 ‘“Big Brother, I See You”’: Representations of Surveillance in Film’, Surveillance and/in Everyday Life, The University of Sydney, Sydney, February (co-authored with Tony Chalkley).
2011 ‘Testimony and the Question of “Guilt”: The Case of Traudl Junge’, Testimony, Witness, Authority: The Politics or Poetics of Experience, The Oral, the Written, and Other Verbal Media (OWOVM) Conference on Poetics and Discourse, Victoria University, Melbourne, December.
2011 ‘Against Schindler’s List: A “Third Wave” in Holocaust World Cinema’, World Cinema Now, Second Biannual Conference from Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory, Monash University, Melbourne, September.
2011 ‘Multiplatformed Spaces, Multicultural Places: Recruiting Child Citizens at the ABC’, Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries and Identities, Australian and New Zealand Communication Associaton (ANZCA), University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, July (co-authored with Leonie Rutherford).
2011 ‘Multiplatforming Documentary: New Media Innovation in the Holocaust Museum’, Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries and Identities, Australian and New Zealand Communication Associaton (ANZCA), University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, July.
2011 ‘Sexing Up the Holocaust: Exhibiting the Eroticised Body for the Camera’s Gaze’, Aftermath: The Politics of Memory: The 2nd Jan Randa International Conference in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, Melbourne, June (co-authored with Deb Waterhouse-Watson).
2011 ‘“This Band of Murderous Little Bastards…”: “Native Police”, the “Grey Zone” and Australia’s Genocidal Past’, Aftermath: The Politics of Memory: The 2nd Jan Randa International Conference in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, Melbourne, June.
2010 ‘Framing Testimonies in a Virtual World: Narrative Construction in the JHC StoryPods’, Interesting Times: New Roles for Collections, Museums Australia National Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September-October.
2010 ‘“All Those Moments Haven’t Been Lost in Time”: Revisiting Blade Runner and Its Progeny in the Present Day’, 68th World Science Fiction Convention, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, September.
2010 ‘“Our World is Ending, But Life Must Go On…”: Post-Apocalyptic Dystopias in Contemporary Children’s Films’, Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (CCLCS), Monash University, Melbourne, September.
2010 ‘Revisiting the “Victim”/“Perpetrator” Divide: “Privileged” Jews, the Holocaust, and the “Grey Zone”’, Reviewing History, Australian Historical Association (AHA), University of Western Australia, Perth, July.
2010 ‘Robots at the End of the World: Challenging Consumerism in Wall-E’, Children’s Literature and its Politics: Representation and the Rules of Engagement, Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), University of Wollongong, Wollongong, June.
2010 ‘Women in the “Grey Zone”: Ambiguity, Complicity and Rape Culture’, The Eastern Division of the Society for Women In Philosophy (ESWIP) Virtual Conference, April (co-authored with Deb Waterhouse-Watson).
2009 ‘Beyond Black and White: Shades of Grey in Recent Holocaust Films’, A World of German, German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA), University of Western Australia, Perth, November.
2009 ‘Coming to Terms with the Past?: Negotiating Holocaust Memory in Contemporary German Cinema’, The Europe That Was, Is, and Will Be, Contemporary Europe Research Centre (CERC) International Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, November.
2009 ‘Beyond “Good” and “Evil”: Breaking Down Binary Oppositions in Holocaust Representations of “Privileged” Jews’, Breaking Down Barriers, Blackwell Compass Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference, October.
2009 ‘Holocaust Screens as Mirrors: Contemporary Responses to a Liminal Event’, Screens, Deakin University, Melbourne, October.
2009 ‘“Privileged” Jews, Holocaust Representation, and the “Limits” of Judgement: The Case of Raul Hilberg’, Europe’s Expansions and Contractions, Australasian Association of European Historians (AAEH), State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, July.
2009 ‘“Can One Be So Guilty For Having Survived?”: “Privileged” Jews, Holocaust Testimony and the Paradox of Judgement’, Testimony, Trauma and Social Suffering: New Contexts/New Framings, Australian National University, Canberra, April.
2009 ‘The Other Side of a Slap in the Face: “Privileged” Jews and the Problem of Judgement in Holocaust Testimonies’, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution, Imperial War Museum, London, January.
2008 ‘Confronting “Choiceless Choices” in Holocaust Testimonies: Judgement, “Privileged” Jews, and the Role of the Interviewer’, Interrogating Trauma: Arts & Media Responses to Collective Suffering, National Academy of Screen and Sound, Murdoch and Curtin Universities, Fremantle, December.
2008 ‘Between Victims and Villains: “Privileged” Jews and the “Grey Zone” of Identity during and after the Holocaust’, Identity and Its Discontents, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, November.
2008 ‘“This is the Place”: Negotiating Presence and Absence in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and Other Holocaust Films’, Locating History, Australian Historical Association (AHA), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, July.
2008 ‘Marginalising the Marginal in Holocaust Films: Fictional Representations of “Privileged” Jews’, In the Margins: Exploring the Marginal in Historical and Cultural Studies, Limina, University of Western Australia, Perth, June.
2007 ‘Traumatic Memory and Holocaust Testimony: Passing Judgement in Representations of Chaim Rumkowski’, Memory Crises, German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September.
2006 ‘The Trauma of “Choiceless Choices”: The Paradox of Judgement in Primo Levi’s “Grey Zone”’, Trauma, Historicity, Philosophy, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP), Deakin University, Geelong, July.
2006 ‘Bridging Evil and Humanity: Representing the “Grey Zone” in Holocaust Film’, 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, January.
Invited Presentations
2016 ‘Engage, Collaborate, Participate: Exposing Yourself Online with Social Media (without sexting),’ ACES Mentoring Workshop, Deakin University, Melbourne, February.
2015 ‘Exposing Yourself Online: Visibility, Engagement, and Risk in the Digital Age,’ Deakin Alumni Webinar Series, Deakin University, Melbourne, November.
2015 ‘Sexing Up History: Women in Holocaust Film’, University of the Third Age Stonnington, Melbourne, October.
2015 ‘Guilt, Trauma and Memory in Father: Reflections on an Australian Holocaust Film’, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, May.
2014 ‘“Privileged” Jews in the “Grey Zone”: The Ethics of Reading Holocaust Testimony, Literature, and Film’, JHC Book Club, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, August.
2014 ‘A “Privileged” Prisoner is Still a Prisoner: Negotiating Ethical Dilemmas in the Camps and Ghettos’, B’nai B’rith Victoria, Melbourne, April.
2013 ‘“And What Would You Have Done?”: Judgements of “Privileged” Jews in Holocaust Representations’, University of the Third Age Stonnington, Melbourne, October.
2013 ‘The Changing World of Communication’, Rotary Club of Glen Eira Inc., London Tavern, Melbourne, August.
2013 ‘Exploring Holocaust Screen Culture: History, Memory, Representation’, HSC English Day, sponsored by Information Access, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, May.
2013 ‘From a Nazi on Stage to a Non-Jewish Researcher of “Privileged” Jews: My Journey into Holocaust Studies’, keynote speech for Child Survivors of the Holocaust Annual General Meeting, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, April.
2013 Launch speech for Thomas Delohery’s art exhibition, Night But No Morning, at Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, April.
2013 Launch speech for Graeme Kinross-Smith’s poetry collection, Available Light: New Poems, Boom Gallery, Geelong, November.
2012 ‘Mediating Holocaust History and Memory: Representation, Film and New Media’, HSC English Day, sponsored by Information Access, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, November.
2012 ‘“Can One Be So Guilty For Having Survived?”: “Privileged” Jews, Judgement and the Ethical Dilemmas of the Holocaust’, Philosophy Cafe, Paideia Australia, The Barking Dog, Geelong, June.
2012 ‘Holocaust History, Memory and Film: The Problems of Representation and Judgement’, HSC English Day, sponsored by Information Access, Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, June.
2012 ‘Teaching Generation Next: Utilising Holocaust Films in the Classroom’, Teaching the Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, Professional Development Symposium for Educators, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, February.
2011 ‘Screening the Holocaust for Students: From Schindler’s List to StoryPods’, Teaching the Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, Professional Development Symposium for Educators, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, August.
2011 ‘Building Your Wooden Horse…: Academia as a Fortress’, HDR Summer School, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront, February.
Poetry Reading
2006 ‘Like a sharp bead of light passing through my skull’, ‘Mistakes’, ‘Skeleton in the closet’, ‘Skull of Adam’, Words at the Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, December.

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