Diana Popescu’s research focuses on contemporary public history and public reception of violent histories, particularly of the Holocaust. Her most current work looks at the ethics and the aesthetics of representing racial violence in public art, museum exhibitions and memorial projects and at how members of the public engage with and respond to such representations.
Diana is co-editor of Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era (Palgrave, 2015), and of the Special Issue ‘Performative Holocaust Commemoration in the 21st century’ in the Holocaust Studies Journal (2019). She serves on the editorial board of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP).
Diana is also a Research Fellow on the AHRC project ‘Modes of Engagement: Comparing ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ platforms for Holocaust learning’ at the University of Nottingham(October 2021-June 2022). She will evaluate visitor engagement with the digital exhibition ‘Eye as Witness. Recording the Holocaust’ co-produced by Prof. Maiken Umbach and her team at University of Nottingham and the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire.
Diana was a Swedish Research Council Early Career Fellow at the Institute from June 2015 to August 2019.