Hannah Holtschneider

I studied Jewish Studies in Oxford before embarking on a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Postdoctoral appointments led me to Cambridge. I came to the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and joined the Religious Studies Subject Area, where I am currently Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies.

My research has evolved around various areas of Holocaust representation and Jewish–non-Jewish relations. My PhD research analysed Christian theological texts and their conceptualisation of the Holocaust and Jews. The methods informing this research were based in cultural studies and collective memory studies. Since then I have continued to work with texts, and broadened my methodological expertise into the field of visual and material culture studies. My second monograph explored the representation of the Holocaust and Jews in museums.

Publications include The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum, and German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory.

Contributions by Hannah Holtschneider

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Religion and memory

"By shifting attention to the performance of religion, neuroscience might help understand the processes in the brain which support or bring forth such practices. This could then lead to better understandings of the workings of memory, the invocation of ‘religion’, and the relations between these, without essentialising strategies." The RSP interview with Alexandra Grieser established some useful connections between the study of religion and the study of memory. Probably the most helpful aspect of this relationship is methodological, ...

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