Anna Sheftel

Anna is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. She completed her PhD at the University of Oxford, where she examined the construction of wartime memory in Bosnia-Herzegovina, largely through oral history interviewing. She has also interviewed Holocaust survivors who speak publicly in education settings, to understand how they take such personal experiences and transform them into educational tools.

Her newest SSHRC-funded project examines the memories of Holocaust survivors who experienced socioeconomic hardship in Canada. She is also the co-editor, with Stacey Zembrzycki, of Oral History Off the Record; Toward an Ethnography of Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She also founded and administers H-Memory, a discussion list on Memory Studies, and is on the editorial board of the Memory and Narrative book series at Transaction Publishers.

Selected Publications:

SHEFTEL, Anna et Stacey ZEMBRZYCKI. 2013. Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

SHEFTEL, Anna.  “’I don’t fancy history very much’: Reflections on Interviewee Recruitment and Refusal in Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice, Anna SHEFTEL et Stacey ZEMBRZYCKI, eds. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

SHEFTEL, Anna and Stacey ZEMBRZYCKI. “Only Human: A Reflection on the Ethical and Methodological Challenges of Working with ‘Difficult’ Stories”. The Oral History Review 2010, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 191-214.

SHEFTEL, Anna and Stacey ZEMBRZYCKI, “Professionalizing Survival: The Politics of Public Memory among Holocaust Survivor-Educators in Montreal.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 12, 2 (July 2013).

SHEFTEL, Anna and Stacey ZEMBRZYCKI. “We Started Over Again, We Were Young”: Postwar Social Worlds of Child Holocaust Survivors in Montreal”. Revue d’histoire urbaine, Vol. XXXVIX, No. 1 (automne 2010), p. 20-30.

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