International Genocide Conference Biographies


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Susanne C. Knittel is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She holds a PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, New York (2011). In her research, she explores questions of memory, commemoration, and cultural amnesia; the figure of the perpetrator and the politics of memory; and the relationship between memory studies, disability studies, and posthumanism.

Her book, The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory (Fordham University Press, 2015) presents a comparative analysis of post-1945 German and Italian memory culture and stages a dialogue between the fields of memory studies, disability studies, and postcolonial studies. In 2016, it was awarded Honorable Mention by Council of European Studies for the European Studies Book Award.

Susanne is the founder of The Perpetrator Studies Network and co-organizer of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies.