“Outside the Frame: The Josef Nassy Collection, the Sephardic Caribbean, and the Boundaries of Holocaust Art.”

The Greenfield/Lynch lecture series supported the lecture by Sarah Philips Casteel, one of the featured speakers at a 2-day symposium organized by the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and held (virtually) on April 11-12, 2021. Professor Philips Casteel is a preeminent scholar of Caribbean Jewish writing. Her lecture discussed the Josef Nassy collection and how it informs our understanding of the Holocaust along with concomitant definitions of race and Jewishness. 

Symposium Schedule PDF.

Sarah Phillips Casteel is Professor of English at Carleton University, where she is cross-appointed to the Institute of African Studies. She is the author most recently of Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2016), which won a Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and co-editor of Caribbean-Jewish Crossings: Literary History and Creative Practice (University of Virginia Press, 2019). She has held visiting fellowships at the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and this spring she will hold a Potsdam Postcolonial Chair in Global Modernities. Her current book project addresses literary and visual representations of Black victims of Nazi persecution.

The 2021 Greenfield/Lynch lecture also included a response by Brett A. Kaplan, director of the Holocaust, Genoocide, Memory Studies Initiative and Professor of Comparative & World Literature and Jewish Studies.