World LUMEN Congress 2021

Lecture: “The ethics of Elie Wiesel’s storytelling as a new theoretical approach in representing the Holocaust” by Sandu Frunza & Alina Marincean

Lecture description | 

Based on Giorgio Agamben’s confident assertion that once the historical, procedural, and legal context of the Jewish genocide has been sufficiently clarified, this remains particularly opaque when we really seek to understand it. The difference between what we know and what we understand is felt mostly in the representation of the Holocaust.

Within the contextual applicability of the Elie Wiesel Museum from Sighet, Romania, taking into consideration the advanced ethical values contained on the topic of Holocaust and human rights, we are proposing a presentation situated at the discursive congruence of disciplines such as literature, museology, communication, and ethics.  Based on the observations of visitor behavior within the museum, a need for a new ethics on amending social action towards the topic of Holocaust, political violence and human rights has aroused. The presentation will try to give several considerations towards new perspectives on progressive directions of learning about the above-mentioned topics using Elie Wiesel’s storytelling as a social and communication paradigm.  

Sandu Frunza’s biodata |

Sandu Frunza – Prof. Univ. Dr. Habil, “Department of Communication, PR and Advertising, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

Sandu Frunză is Doctor of Philosophy, specializing in philosophy of culture, values, and history. His areas of interest are religious fundamentalism, religions and politics, biopolitics, post-Holocaust philosophy, relational ethics, deontology, religious imagination in advertising, personal development, and ethical counseling. He leads Ph.D. programs in political science at Babeș-Bolyai University  and teaches communication philosophy, ethics, religion and ideology, religious imagination in advertising, communication and biopolitics, personal development, and personal branding. His books and articles have been reviewed or cited by authors and publications from Romania, Israel, Europe, Africa, Asia, or America. In 2005 he received the prestigious Romanian Academy Award, and in 2010 the distinction of Professor Bologna.

Alina Marincean’s biodata |

Alina Marincean – Ph.D. Student, Department of Communication, PR and Advertising, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

Alina Marincean is a Ph.D. student at Babeș-Bolyai University, Department of Communication, PR, and Advertising, with research on Elie Wiesel’s perspective on genocide as a paradigm of interpretation of political violence. She has a BA/MA in Jewish Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca. Since 2007 she is a museum curator and educator at the Elie Wiesel Museum. Jewish Heritage Museum from Sighet, Romania. She is also a professional tour guide specialized in Jewish Heritage. Her areas of interest are Museology, Jewish history, genocide, Holocaust studies, Jewish and post-Holocaust representation, Hebrew, Israel, Yiddish culture, museum education, and experiential guiding. 

Lecture time | May , 2021