Sharon Zelnick is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature and a 2022-2023 DAAD scholar, currently based in Berlin. She works in the fields of Holocaust studies, Jewish American literature, cultural memory studies, migration literature, and visual culture. Focusing on issues of intergenerational memory, social justice, and migrant aesthetics, Sharon’s research explores how Jewish American and Israeli literature and art reimagines Germany after the Holocaust.
- B.A., Tel Aviv University, 2016
- M.A., Leiden University, 2018
- (Post)memory in literary and artistic works across Palestinian-Israeli-German contexts
- Intergenerational memory and migration
- Photography-embedded migrant literature
- Jewish American Literature
- “Dani Gal’s cinematic and activist engagements with Israel/Palestine in Germany”. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, issue 11, no. 2.
- Review of American Migrant Fictions by Sonia Weiner, Studies in the Novel, Volume 52, Number 2.
- Aleksandar Hemon’s Photography-embedded Migrant Literature,” Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings issue 7
Field of InterestContemporary Literature, Jewish American Literature, Cultural Memory, Media Studies, Migration and Exile, Holocaust Studies, Trauma
LanguagesEnglish, Hebrew, German
- Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: Institute for Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies
- Winter 2022-2023, “Jewish Multimedia Migrant Narratives,” Seminar Instructor
- University of California, Los Angeles
- Spring 2022, “Reading and Visualizing Postmemories of the Holocaust and the Nakba,” Seminar Instructor
- Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, “Political Violence in the Modern World,” Teaching Associate
- Spring 2021, “Great Books from the World at Large,” Teaching Assistant
- Fall 2020 & Winter 2021, “Literature from The Age of Enlightenment to the 20th Century,” Teaching Assistant
- Fall 2019, “Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films,” Reader
- Leiden University
- Fall 2017, “Introduction to Gender Studies,” Reader
- “Recuperation and Return in the Work of Philip Roth and Yael Bartana” at the Memory Studies Association Annual Meeting, The University of Warwick, July 2023
- “The Photo/Text as a Medium of Jewish-American Memory” at the Ben Lerner Paris Conference, the University of Chicago Center in Paris, June 2023
- “Reading Mizrahi Israeli Multilingual Poetics in Germany as Protest” at the World Congress of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 2022
- “Migratory Reimaginations in Germany: Benyamin Reich’s Postmemorial Holocaust Photographs.” at the Mnemonics Summer School, Aarhus University, August 2021.
- “Holocaust Postmemories and Occupation Hauntings in Dani Gal’s White City” at the Geaneologies of Memory Annual Conference, European Network for Remembrance and Solidarity, November 2020.
- “Intersectional Resistance in Shirin Neshat’s I Will Greet the Sun Again” at the Memory and Political Responsibility Conference, UCLA, February 2020.
- “Shifting Narratives in Contemporary Photo-Embedded Migrant Fiction” at the International Conference on Narrative, McGill University, April 2018.
- “Visualizing Histories of Injustice: Photography in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project and W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants” at the ACLA Annual Meeting, UCLA, March 2018.
- “Photography as Political Resistance: Protest and Play in Dow Wasiksiri and Manit Sriwanichpoom” at the Platform for Postcolonial Readings Annual Meeting, University of Amsterdam, January 2018.“The Ethics of Visual Representation: Women Refugees in Ad van Denderen’s Go No Go” at NOG (Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies) Graduate Student Conference, Utrecht University, May 2017.