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European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, 201718: The Difficulties of Writing Family History

A lecture series organised by the Leo
Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.


A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s topic intends to discuss the challenges which arise when writing a European-Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to the mid-20th century. What scholarly problems does a writer encounter, what emotional difficulties does an author face – especially in terms of allowing the public access to one’s own personal history, and how can these challenges be dealt with?

First lecture in the series:

Prof Lisa Appignanesi (King’s College, London)

Losing the Dead – Before and After

Lisa Appignanesi teases out some of the hurdles she encountered researching her critically acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead. These extended post publication: memoir writing elicits the kinds of responses historical texts rarely do.

Please note: A short 15 minute film called: Ex Memoria, directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman, will also be shown.

Lisa Appignanesi OBE is a writer and novelist. She is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and Chair of this year’s Man Booker International Prize. Amongst her books are Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors and The Memory Man.

Ex Memoria (2006)

A film about memory, loss and survival; Eva Lipschitz is a survivor, but she is now locked away in the twilight world of Alzheimer’s disease. The film shows the world from Eva’s point of view, at her eye level, and how a chance encounter with a caring young nurse breaks through the barriers. Ex Memoria is directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman.

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.


Speaker(s):

Professor Lisa Appignanesi | talks

 

Date and Time:

7 December 2017 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London
WC1A 2NJ


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Organised by:

Leo Baeck Institute London
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Tickets:

free

Available from:

Admission is free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute (t: +44 (0)20 7882 5690 or info@leobaeck.co.uk).

Additional Information:

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

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