On Monday, October 18 from 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST, via Zoom, the office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach is hosting “On Being a Vicarious Witness: Aktion T4 and Contesting the Erasure of Disability History,” featuring Kenny Fries, Perel, and Quintan Ana Wikswo, and moderated by Rabbi Julia Watts Belser . There will be Q&A following the panel discussion.
A brief event description: Three queer Jewish disabled writers and artists each discuss their work on Aktion T4, a prime crucible of disability history. How do they avoid a sentimental or aesthetic depiction? In their work, and as they work, how do they avoid re-inscribing trauma? Because Aktion T4 has no survivors, how do writers and artists become “vicarious witnesses,” which memory studies scholar Susanne C. Knittel describes as “not an act of speaking for and thus appropriating the memory and story of someone else but rather an attempt to bridge the silence through narrative means”?