What does it mean to inhabit a space using more than our sense of sight –to encounter place through the tactile, to experience its daily, social rhythms?

Setting the Stage.

“Entering the Ghetto.” Photo by Katie Trostel, June 2016.

At our summer 2016 workshop in Venice, we engaged with the site of the physical Ghetto, considering its potential to serve as a center of creative and cultural production. Our classroom for the workshop, located in the heart of the Ghetto itself, reminded us of the historical relationship between architecture, memory, and community.

Robert Bevan, in his 2011 work, The Destruction of Memory, argues that our connection to architecture is key to preserving…


I provide below an excerpt of the talk I gave at the February 2015 “Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination” conference. To hear the full presentation (as well as those of other panelists) click here: https://soundcloud.com/ucsc-ihr.

Author’s note:

The talk I gave at the “Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination” conference in February, 2015 stems from a larger project that explores more broadly the ways in which places of memory, as they are portrayed in Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, can structure, maintain, revive, or preserve memories of historical trauma and complex, overlapping identities –including Jewish identity. I…

Katie Trostel

PhD Candidate in Literature at UCSC

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