Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 100B
Phone 978.542.7258
Photo of Stephenie Young

Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENG 787 The Literature of Genocide
ENG 794 Studies in Literature of the World
ENG 799 English Study and Travel Seminar
ENG 831AN Topics in American Literature and Criticism
ENG 875 Directed Study
ENG 899 Sem Lit Studies
ENG 998 Thesis Capstone
ENL 160 Literature I: Reading Broadly
ENL 365 Modern European Novel
ENL 370 Women in Literature and Film
ENL 371 Women in Literature and Film II
ENL 372 Graphic Novel
ENL 462 Nineteenth-century Russian Literature
ENL 495 Special Topics in Theory and Criticism

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

As a Professor in the English Department and research associate for the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies I joined the faculty of Salem State in fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach. I have also studied the practice of photography, which I apply in my on-going research projects.

My current book project, The Forensics of Memorialization, is about the "forensic imagination," and how traumatic material culture is used to create visual narratives that shape memory politics in post-conflict former Yugoslavia. 

I am also engaged in several other projects including a photo/text study about forensics, material culture and politics at the U.S./Mexico border (and other borders in the region) as part of the Network for Aesthetic Ecologies. I am also developing a multimedia project called Zones of Evidence with artist Vladimir Miladinovic about evidence and its absence at mass grave sites created during the 1990s wars in former Yugoslavia. I recently published an essay about witnessing and memory of the contested borders in the Caucasus region through the lens of contemporary Georgian artists in Getuigen tussen geschiedenis en herinnering – (Testimony between history and memory).

With Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London), I co-organize the annual conference,Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina With Liliana Gomez-Popescu (University of Zurich) I recently co-organized the workshop called "Remains, Ruins, Landscapes" Dr. Gomez-Popescu and I are the team leaders of the Network for Aesthetic Ecologies comprised of architects, artists, curators and theorists. We are based in Zurich and Beirut.

In fall of 2019 I will be in Warsaw, Poland as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute to curate a photoethnographic project about the Warsaw Ghetto as part of a larger study about contemporary border politics, evidence and memory.

Please see my personal website for further information about my activities.


Professional Interests

Comparative 20th/21st c. Literatures of the Americas and Eastern Europe

Forensic Science


Visual Culture 

Border Studies

Memory Politics




Graduate Faculty

Faculty Research Associate, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 

Chair, Academic Council, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

University Research Activities Committee

Selected Publications

"Boundary-Aesthetics: Obscured Scenographies of Violence at the U.S./Mexican Border." To be published in Performing Human Rights: Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South. Zurich, 2020 (forthcoming).

"Object Lessons: Disturbed Soil and the Landscape of Aesthetic Ecologies." To be published in the volume entitled: Material Culture of Difficult Histories. Eds. Robert M. Ehrenreich, Jane Klinger, Gabriel Pizzorno, and Caroline Sturdy Colls. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In progress. 

"Rendered Absence: An Afterlife through Art for Batajnica's 'Free Objects'. Special issue of The Journal of Material Culture. Eds. Zuzanna Dziuban and Ewa. 2020 (forthcoming). 

“Bodies of Evidence: Memory, Forensics, and ‘Documentary’ Literature about former Yugoslavia.” After Memory: Rethinking Representations of World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures. Eds. Matthias Schwartz, Nina Weller, and Heike Winkel. Media and Cultural Memory Series. De Gruyter Publishers. Forthcoming winter 2019.

"In Stalin’s Cave: Art as Testimony to the Disputed Borders of Contemporary Georgia." In Getuigen tussen geschiedenis en herinnering – (Testimony between history and memory). International peer-reviewed journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Brussels. April 2019.

"Geographies of Loss: Testimony, Art and the Afterlife of Batajnica's Disappeared Objects." In Getuigen tussen geschiedenis en herinnering – nr. 126 (Testimony between history and memory), number 126. International peer-reviewed journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Brussels. April 2018.

"A 'Living Memorial': Forensic Imaginings from the Inside of a Bosnian Mortuary Fridge." Cahiers SIRICE (online journal of the SIRICE laboratory--a common research team of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris 4 Sorbonne and the CNRS - November 2017.

"The Forensic Imagination: Evidence, Art and the Post-Yugoslav Document." In Mapping the “Forensic Turn”: Engagements with Materialities of Mass Death in Holocaust Studies and Beyond. Vienna: New Academic Press. October 2017. 

Review: Alejandro Baer and Natan Sznaider, Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of Never Again. In Getuigen tussen geschiedenis en herinnering – nr. 125 (Testimony between history and memory, number 125. International peer-reviewed journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Brussels). October 2017.

"Performative Memory-Making and the Future of the Kestenberg Archive" in Understanding the Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, Linguistic and Psychological Approaches. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Press. March 2017.

Review: Margarita Saona's Memory Matters in Transitional Peru in Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Vol. 6: Iss. 11, Article 8. October 2016.

Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote  January 2015.



Selected Presentations

Curator, "Gates: Post-Conflict Paintings from Georgia." Artist Giorgio Ugulava, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Exhibition sponsored by  a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. July 2019.

Invited Guest Speaker, "New Findings--The Forensic Turn: Art and Aesthetics in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina." KUMA International Summer School on Contemporary Art from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. July 2019. 

Invited Seminar Speaker, "Boundary-Aesthetics: Obscured Scenographies of Violence." Remains, Ruins, Landscapes University of Zurich. October 2018. 

Invited Symposium Speaker and Workshop Participant, "Material Culture and the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. October 2018. 

Invited Guest Speaker, "The Forensic Turn: Art and Aesthetics in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina." KUMA International Summer School on Contemporary Art from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. June 2018.

Invited Speaker, "Border Trash: Displaced Objects from the Open Graves of Latin America." The Forensic Imagination Symposium at University of the Arts, London. March 2017.

Presenter, "From Object to Artifact: Forensics, Memorialization and the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center."  At POLIN's conference, Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History. Warsaw, Poland. March 2017.

Keynote Speaker, "Curating Forensics: Displaced Objects from the Holocaust and Latin America." Landscapes of Displacement: Borderlands in Comparative Perspective. San Diego Mesa College. Co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. September 2016.