Stephenie Young


Professional Details

Title Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 201A
Phone 978.542.7258
Email stephenie.young@salemstate.edu
Photo of Stephenie Young

Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENG 725 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Literature I
ENG 787 The Literature of Genocide
ENG 794 Studies in Literature of the World
ENG 875 Directed Study
ENL 160 Literature I: Reading Broadly
ENL 245H Literature and the Humanities
ENL 267 Reading World Cultures
ENL 282 World Drama
ENL 362 Women and Fiction
ENL 495 Special Topics in Theory and Criticism
ENL 530 Seminar in Literature
ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English
HGS 700 Introduction to Comparative Genocide Studies

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

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 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico, which I use in many professional and personal projects. 

My book, 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. In this ethnographic study I consider the challenges of using forensic materials to represent post-conflict memorialization through the work of contemporary artists and photographers including Sejla Kameric, Ziyah Gafic and Vladimir Miladinovic. 

One of my recent publications includes an essay about the meme and fake news with artist Vladimir Miladinovic, "The Reluctant Screen Shot Collector," for the Journal of Visual Culture and Harun Farocki Institute in London. See: https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/de/2020/09/30/the-reluctant-screen-shot-collector-journal-of-visual-culture-hafi-44/ I also have recently published the essay “Bodies of Evidence: Memory, Forensics, and ‘Documentary’ Literature about former Yugoslavia” in After Memory: Rethinking Representations of World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures. 

A current project is a collection of travel essays and photography, with a focus on the violated and vanishing borders around the world due to factors such as war and climate change. I'm currently focusing on life in the hill villages of Adjara, an autonomous republic in the country of Georgia, and sister Georgian villages in eastern Turkey.  

With photographer and writer Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London), I co-organized the annual conference,Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2017-2019. https://whyremember2019.wordpress.com/

In fall 2019 I was in Warsaw, Poland as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute to organize an exhibition about the Ringelblum Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto as part of a larger study about contemporary border politics, evidence and memory. More information about the date and location of this future exhibition will be released in spring of 2023.  

My photographs have recently been exhibited or published in the following:

Tagree Magazine. Online Publication. Germany. 2020-2021.

"New Mexico Border Wall." In S. Young, "Boundary-Aesthetics: Obscured Scenographies of Violence at the U.S./Mexican Border." Performing Human Rights: Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South. Chicago: Northwestern University Press. 2021.

Exhibition, "Leashes," Boston. April-September 2022.

Soundings East. Cover image, and other selected images. 2022.

 

 

Professional Interests

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

Forensic Imagination

Photoethnography

Visual Culture 

Aesthetics and Ruins

Border Studies

Memory Politics

Materiality

Violence

History of Photography

 

Responsibilities

SSU Graduate Faculty

Faculty Research Associate, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, SSU

 

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

"Rendered Absence: An Afterlife through Art for Batajnica's 'Free Objects'. " 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. Forthcoming 2022. 

"Boundary-Aesthetics: Obscured Scenographies of Violence at the U.S./Mexican Border." Performing Human Rights: Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South. Chicago: Northwestern University Press. 2021.

“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. 2021.

"The Reluctant Screen Shot Collector." With Vladimir Miladinovic. London: Journal of Visual Culture and Harun Farocki Institute. 2020. https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/de/2020/09/30/the-reluctant-screen-shot-collector-journal-of-visual-culture-hafi-44/

"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 - www.sirice.fr). 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. http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/FogelmanChildren

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. https://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/dissidences/vol6/iss11/19/

Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote http://www.asymptotejournal.com/article.php?cat=Criticism&id=83&curr_index=0  January 2015.

 

 

Selected Presentations

Invited Presenter, “Worthy of a Postcard? Borders, Memory, and Visual Autobiographies.” Arts and Conflict: Contesting the Unavailability of Cultural Heritage. Virtual Workshop. University of Zurich. October 2020.

Invited Guest Speaker, "In Stalin’s Cave: Art as Testimony to the Disputed Borders of Contemporary Georgia." Academic Seminar Guest Speaker. Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw Poland. December 2019.

Curator, "Gates: Post-Conflict Paintings from Georgia." Artist Giorgi 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 http://dissonantnarratives.ch/event/autumn-workshop-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. https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/MCHMATCULTHOL1018 

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. http://kumainternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/kuma-summer-school-program-2.pdf

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. http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2017/3/15/The-Forensic-Imagination-symposium/

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. 
www.polin.pl/sites/default/files/museums_and_their_publics_v.28.02.2017_0.pdf

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.