Jessica Rapson
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Biographical details

Jessica Rapson joined CMCI in September 2013. She has previously been a lecturer at Royal Holloway, London South Bank University and Goldsmiths College, where she completed her doctoral research. Jessica holds a BA (Hons) in Critical Fine Art Practice (University of Brighton) and an MA in Cultural Memory (The Institute of Modern Language Research, University of London).

Dr Rapson is the co-editor of The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory Between and Beyond Borders (de Gruyter 2014) and her monograph, Topographies of Suffering: Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice (Berghahn 2015) examines a range of Holocaust memorial landscapes in Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the United States, and associated mediation in literary and cultural texts. Jessica teaches on the optional modules Culture: Conflict, Diplomacy and International Relations and Cultural Memory. Her teaching practice is informed by creative and ambiguous pedagogical perspectives.

Research interests

  • Cultural Memory
  • Transcultural and Transnational Studies
  • Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy
  • The Environment and Cultural Change

Jessica Rapson’s interdisciplinary research concerns the mediation and production of memory in culture, with a particular focus on the role of landscape, literature and the heritage sector. She has published widely on memory and commemorative landscapes. In addition to presenting her work in the UK, Europe, the United States, Brazil and Canada, she has co-organised several conferences and seminars, including Transcultural Memory (for the inauguration of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Language Research, London 2010), Education and Memory (IGRS, 2012) Memory and Restitution (American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, and University of Westminster, 2013). She is currently working on the collaborative research project The Natural History of Memory, funded by the University of Westminster, Ghent University and Maastricht University, which examines inscriptions of capitalism, violence and atrocity on landscape. Under the auspices of this project she is currently writing new material on tourism and representation of race at slave plantations in the American South. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

English and Comparative Literature, Doctor of Literature, Topographies of Suffering: Encountering the Holocaust in Landscape, Literature and Memory, Goldsmiths, University of London

1 Sept 200831 Jul 2012

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012


  • PS American literature
  • Cultural Memory
  • Race
  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Dark Tourism
  • Thanatourism
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • American memory


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