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Miss Charlotte Mears

Research project: Female Aufseherin in Auschwitz Concentration Camp and their Representation

Abstract

A Project involving the social history and analysis of the roles of the female Aufseherin within the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a previously neglected group of perpetrators n regards to scholarly interest. This thesis seeks to understand the manner in which these women were concerned with the perpetration of the Holocaust and the gender specific roles that they occupied. It further seeks to understand the manner in which the history of these women have been transferred into wider societies knowledge through representation in film, and why they continue to feature prominently in the film media but not in historical scholarly analysis.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Female Aufseherin in Auschwitz Concentration Camp and their Representation

Biography

I'm a PhD researcher at Kingston University, I have attended many conferences giving papers on the female Aufseherin at Auschwitz, this has been focussed on new sources that have been utilised. My interest also lies within the realm of representation of women in power approached from a feminist perspective, this has dealt extensively with the use of female Nazis in pornography, and mainstream cinema. I hope to continue to focus on the representation of women in other mediums and am currently working on a project involving comic books. 

Areas of research interest

  • Holocaust Studies
  • The Far Right
  • Women in the Far Right
  • Women in Nazi Germany
  • Concentration Camps
  • Female Perpetrators in Concentration Camps

Qualifications

  • MA History, Kingston University
  • BA, History and Archaeology, University of Southampton

Funding or awards received

  • Broncel Trust Research Grant
  • PCAACA Travel Grant
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