Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 100B
Phone 978.542.7258

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 267 Reading World Cultures
ENL 362 Women and Fiction
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 390 Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
ENL 462 Nineteenth-century Russian Literature
ENL 495 Special Topics in Theory and Criticism
ENL 530 Seminar in Literature

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

As a faculty research associate for the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Professor in the English Department, I joined the faculty of Salem State in the 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 an essay about forensics, material culture and politics at the U.S./Mexico border, and a multimedia project with artist Vladimir Miladinovic about evidence and its absence at mass grave sites created during the 1990s wars in former Yugoslavia. I have also recently begun a project about aesthetic representations of contested borders in the Caucasus region since 1989. 

With Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London), Admir Jugo (Durham University) and Mehnaz Afridi (Manhattan College), 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 co-organize the workshop meetings of the group "Remains, Ruins, Landscapes" Our next meeting will take place in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Please see my personal website (under renovation) for further information about my activities.


Professional Interests

Comparative 20th/21st c. Literatures

Visual Culture (mainly Photography)/Aesthetics (former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus, Latin America)

Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture

U.S./Mexico Border Studies (Art, Material Culture, Testimony)

Memory Politics

Experimental Testimony (conflict/post-conflict narratives)   

The Forensic Imagination

Material Culture

Critical Theory


Faculty Research Associate, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 

Graduate Coordinator, Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Chair, Academic Council, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

University Research Activities Committee

Chair, English Major/Minor Committee

English Undergraduate Literature Coordinator


Selected Publications

"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. Forthcoming spring 2019.

“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 spring 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

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.

Invited Speaker, "Bodies of Evidence: Memory, Forensics and Documentary Literature about Ex-Yugoslavia." After Memory: Conflicting Claims to World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures. Berlin Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung. November 2015. 

"The Forensic Imagination: Photography as a Post-Yugoslav Document." Colloque international: Traces matérielles de la mort de masse: l’objet exhumé. Marseilles, France. November 2015. 

Invited Speaker, "Bodies of Evidence: Forensics, Photography, and the Post-Yugoslav Document." Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna, Austria. June 2015.