Ms Sandra Sulamith Graefenstein

Ms Sandra  Sulamith Graefenstein

Position: Associate
School and/or Centres: Centre for European Studies


Sulamith Graefenstein works in the area of memory and museum studies, focusing on the use of public history in museums and memorial museums. She is author of the book The National Museum of Australia and the Debate about Australian Colonial History, published in German. She holds a Bachelor in European Studies from the University of Karlsruhe and a Master in Cultural Studies from the University of Konstanz. She is currently in the process of completing a PhD at the Australian National University on the contemporary museum representation of violent pasts in an era of Holocaust memory and human rights.


Graefenstein, Sulamith (2016). 'After the Nation? Memory Work at Mauthausen Memorial in (Trans)National Perspective'. Australian Humanities Review 59: 155–173

Graefenstein, Sandra Sulamith (2013). 'Das National Museum of Australia und die Debatte um die Darstellung der kolonialgeschichtlichen Vergangenheit Australiens' (English translation of title: 'The National Museum of Australia and the debate about Australian colonial history'). Berlin: LIT Verlag


2017: Global Humanities Campus Travel Grant (24 July – 6 August 2017), Thematic Network of Principles of Cultural Dynamics at Freie Universität Berlin, DAAD

2015: Vice Chancellor’s HDR Travel Grant, The Australian National University

2013: The Australian National University Research Scholarship (International) and The Australian National University HDR Merit Scholarship

2007: European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) for a semester abroad at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy

2007: ERASMUS Intensive Language Course (EILC), Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy

Conference papers and presentations

The Representation of Difficult Heritage in the Global Human Rights Museum. Symposium of the Australian Memory Research Network and ANU Centre for European Studies 'Between Europe and Australia: Memory, Museum and Heritage', Canberra, Australia, 14 October 2016

Challenging the Hegemony of Euro-American Holocaust Memory – Different Approaches to Representing Difficult Heritage in Europe, North America and Asia. Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference 'What Does Heritage Change?', Montréal, Canada. 3–8 June 2016

Witnessing the Holocaust, a Matter of Human Rights Education? Visitor Engagement at the Mauthausen Memorial. Human Rights and the Mobilization of Testimony, Ghent, Belgium. 15–17 June 2015

Emerging Principles of a European Holocaust Education? Memory Work at Mauthausen Memorial in Transnational Perspective. Network in Transnational Memory Studies Conference 'Memory Practices and the Making of Europe', Lund, Sweden. 8–10 June 2015

Memory and Beyond: Civic Education at the Concentration Camp Memorial Mauthausen. Symposium at ANU in collaboration with the Network in Transnational Memory Studies 'Scales of Memory: Violence, (In)justice and Dynamics of Remembrance', Canberra, Australia. 10–12 December 2014

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