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Miss Chloe Rixon BA, MPhil

Miss Chloe Rixon BA, MPhil

PhD student

Cultural geographer interested in questions of memory and researching the relationship between cinema, contemporary Holocaust memory and landscape.

Biography

Career

  • 2020-present: PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2018-2019: MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-2018: BA in Geography, University of Cambridge

Qualifications

  • MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge
  • BA in Geography, University of Cambridge (Double First Class)

Awards

  • AHRC DTP PhD studentship (2020-2024)
  • St Catharine's College Travel and Research Grant, St Catharine's College (2019)
  • William Vaughan Lewis Dissertation Prize, Department of Geography (2018)
  • Rosemary Murray Scholarship, Murray Edwards College (2018)
  • Rosemary Murray Scholarship, Murray Edwards College (2017)
  • David Richards Travel Scholarship, Department of Geography (2017)
  • Rosemary Murray Travel Award, Murray Edwards College (2017)
  • Bedford Travel Grant, Department of Geography (2017)

Research

My PhD research broadly considers interactions between visual technologies, memory and space, focusing in particular on the relationships between cinema, Holocaust memory and deathscapes in Kraków, Poland. Its aim is to examine what the spatial mediation of Holocaust memory by visual technologies indicates about the future of collective memory, commemoration and education in a post-witness world.

Theoretically, this research is grounded in the interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies, bringing together work on prosthetic memory, haunting, media studies and landscape. Methodologically, I propose an approach I call 'memory-work', combining archival and ethnographic methods with a practical engagement in local memory activism. This is facilitated by my project's collaboration with two institutional partners: the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and the British Film Institute.

Broader research interests include: the digital humanities; genocide studies; Holocaust studies; affect studies; spectral humanities; post-conflict; community/public engagement; Latin America; South Africa; urban studies.

Publications

Public Scholarship

Selected presentations and invited talks

  • 'Remembering the Holocaust and the Power of Interdisciplinarity', Chesterton Community College Lecture Series, Cambridge (online), May 2021
  • 'Toward Spectral Geographies: Doing Memory-work', Tracks, Traces and Threads workshop in Vital Geographies research group, Cambridge (online), February 2021

Teaching

  • Supervisor, Part IB Citizenship, Cities, and Civil Society (2021-present)

External activities

  • Member, Network for Collaborative and Participatory Methods (2020-present)
  • Member, Filmosophy reading group (2020-present)
  • Editor and writer, Remembering Memory (2019-present)
  • Contributing writer, The History Channel (2019-present)
  • Member, Infrastructural Geographies research group (2018-present)
  • Leader, Delight Ministries Cambridge (2016-present)
  • Editor and contributing writer, Compass Magazine/Blog (2016-2018)
  • Member, Cambridge University Geographical Society (2015-present)
  • Blues team and Murray Edwards College Captain, Cambridge University Athletics Club (2015-2017)