Translating Difficult Knowledge: Transmitting Genocide Testimony in Scholarship and Practice

Concordia University, Montreal — November 16 & 17, 2022

Translating Difficult Knowledge: Transmitting Testimony of Genocide in Scholarship and Practice will explore the richness of using translation as a lens through which to study the past, connect scholars studying accounts of different histories of persecution, and support those engaged in transmitting Holocaust testimony to students. Presented in partnership with Sherry Simon (Concordia University), Anna Sheftel (Concordia University) and Barbara Agnese (Université de Montréal), this two-day conference will take place at Concordia University in Montreal.

This in-person conference is a follow-up to the virtual conference Translating Holocaust Testimony: A Conversation between Translation and Holocaust Studies organized in partnership with Sherry Simon (Concordia University), held in November 2020. 

Masks are recommended. See Concordia University’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Registration required: To register, send your name and affiliation to

Program for Wednesday November 16, 2022

Location: Concordia University Conference Centre (John Molson Building, 9th Floor, Room ABCD), 1600 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Opening remarks

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session 1: Holocaust Narratives in Translation

  • Peter Davies University of Edinburgh
  • Dorota Glowacka University of King’s College
  • Goldie Morgentaler University of Lethbridge
  • Virginia Shewfelt University of Toronto

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Session 2: Transmitting Testimony in Canada and Beyond

  • Debbie Folaron Concordia University
  • Marie-Ève Bradette Université Laval
  • Marie Lavorel Concordia University

Program for Thursday November 17, 2022

Location: Concordia University Library 

Closed workshop for staff from Holocaust archives and educational institutions. Participants are from the following institutions:

  • Anne Frank House (Netherlands)
  • Fortunoff Archive (USA)
  • Montreal Holocaust Museum (Canada)
  • USC Shoah Foundation (USA)
  • Yahad-In Unum (France)
  • The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program (Canada)