Michael Rothberg is an American professor of English and comparative literature and the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to engaging with the Holocaust, his work concerns trauma and memory studies, postcolonial studies, contemporary literatures, and critical theory and cultural studies. His latest book The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators, published in 2019, reconsiders the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander in relation to historical violence and contemporary inequality, and offers a new theory of political responsibility. Currently, he is working on a book for Fordham Press that examines the intersections between migration, citizenship, and confrontation with the Holocaust and National Socialism in contemporary Germany.

This virtual discussion is free to attend and accessible to the public. The talk is hosted on Zoom and is a secure space where audience members will only be able to listen without video and type questions in the chat.


The research cluster Memory Activism: Collaborative Processes of Counter-Memorialization, consisting of faculty and students from the University of King’s College and NSCAD University, are facilitating a free online speaker series on the topic of memory activism between March 15 and May 5, 2021.