Dr. Carol Kidron


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Carol A. Kidron is senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel. Kidron has undertaken ethnographic work with Holocaust descendants in Israel and children of Cambodian genocide survivors in Cambodia and in Canada. Her research interests include personal, communal and collective Holocaust and Genocide commemoration, and the way in which therapeutic discourse and particularly trauma constructs have informed contemporary subjectivities. Kidron’s publications include: “Toward an Ethnography of Silence: The Lived Presence of the Past in the Everyday Life of Holocaust Trauma Survivors and Their Descendants in Israel” (Current Anthropology 2009), “Embracing the Lived Memory of Genocide: Holocaust Survivor and Descendant Renegade Memory-Work at the ‘House of Being’” (American Ethnologist 2010) and “Alterity and the Particular Limits of Universalism: Comparing Jewish-Israeli Holocaust and Canadian-Cambodian Genocide Legacies” (Current Anthropology, 2012). 


 List of Publications 2014

  1. A.Articles in Refereed Journals




  1. 1.Kidron, Carol A. (2003) “Surviving a Distant Past: A Case Study of the Cultural Construction of Trauma Descendant Identity.” Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 31:4, 513-544. IF-.(31/81 Anthropology), Citations -29


  1. 2.Kidron, Carol A. (2006) “The Homeric Hymn to Hermes: A Journey across the Continuum of Paradox.” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic  Studies 158: 35-70.


  1. 3.Kidron, Carol A. (2009) "Toward an Ethnography of Silence: The Lived Presence of the Past among Holocaust Trauma Descendants in Israel." Current Anthropology 50:1, 5-27. IF –  2.934 (4/81 Anthropology) Citations - 9


  1. 4.Kidron Carol A. (2009) "In Pursuit of Jewish Paradigms of Memory: Constituting Carriers of Jewish Memory in a Support Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors." Dapim: Studies on the Shoah. 23:4-35 (Bilingual Journal).


  1. 5.Kidron Carol A. (2010) "Response to - Research Forum: The Politics of Memory and the Pursuit of Jewish Paradigms of Memory – discussion and responses to an article by Carol Kidron" Dapim: Studies on the Shoah.. 24: 324-400. (Bilingual Journal).


  1. 6.Kidron, Carol A. (2010) "Embracing the Lived Memory of Genocide: Holocaust Survivor and Descendant Renegade Memory-Work at the House of Being." American Ethnologist 37:(3): 429-451,. IF – 1.41 (19/81 Anthropology)


  1. 7.Kidron, Carol A. (2012) "Breaching the Wall of Traumatic Silence: Holocaust Survivor and Descendant Person-Object Relations and the Material Transmission of the Genocidal Past. Journal of Material Culture 17 (1): 3-21. IF – .68 (36/81 Anthropology).


  1. 8.Kidron, Carol A. (2012) "Alterity and the Particular Limits of Universalism: Comparing Jewish-Israeli Holocaust and Canadian-Cambodian Genocide Legacies." Current Anthropology 53 (6): 723-753 IF – 2.934 (4/81 Anthropology).


  1. Kidron, Carol A. (2013) “Being there Together: Dark Family Tourism and the Emotive Experience of Co-presence in the Holocaust Past. Annals of Tourism Research 41:175-194. IF – 3.25 (3/138 Sociology, 1/38 Tourism and Leisure).


  1. 10.Kidron, Carol A. (2014) "Inheriting Discontinued Bonds: Trauma-Descendant Relations with the Genocide Dead" Death Studies IF- .915 (64/125 Psychology -multidisciplinary). 38: 322-334.


  1. Nachtigal, Anat and Carol A. Kidron (in press) “Existential Mulitiplicty and the Late Modern Smoker: Negotiating Multiple Identities in a Support Group for Smoking Cessation” Sociology of Health and Illness. 39 pp.


  1. Kidron, Carol A. (in press) “Orchestrating survivor-family memory-work: Institutional enlistment, familial agency and the co-constitution of the Holocaust Past” History & Memory.



Chapters in Scientific Books




  1. Kidron, Carol A. (2007) “The Social Construction of Second Generation Survivors: Support Group Narratives of Wounded Carriers of Memory.”  In: Children in the Shadow of the Holocaust: Child Survivors and Second Generation. Z. Solomon and J. Chaitin (eds.) Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 261-285. (Hebrew).


  1. Kidron, Carol A. (2009) "Silent Legacies of Trauma: A Comparative Study of Cambodian Canadian and Israeli Holocaust Trauma descendant Memory Work." In Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission. Argenti N. Schramm, C. eds. New York: Berghahn Press. 185-220.


  1. Kidron, Carol A. (2011) " Deconstructing the Second Generation Survivor Syndrome: Paradigm Shifts from Psychopathology to Embodied Presence." In Holocaust as Paradigm of Trauma in the 20th Century. J. Brunner and N. Zajde eds. Wallstein Verlag Press. (German) 30pp.


  1. Kidron, Carol A. (2011) Embodied Legacies of Genocide: Holocaust Descendant Sensual Memories of Inter-subjectivity and Inter-corporeality. In Fran Mascia Lees (ed.) Companion to Anthropology of Bodies/Embodiment. Wiley Blackwell. 451-466.


  1. 5.Kidron, Carol A. (2012) “Collective Memory, Traumatic Memory and Genocide: A Sociological and Anthropological Perspective. In Miriam Rieck (Ed.) The Holocaust: Its traumatic and intergenerational effects in comparison to other persecutions, its interpretations in different theories and its reflections in the arts.  Berlin: Verlag Irena Regener. 37-62.


  1. 6. “Embodying the Distant Past: Holocaust Descendant Narratives of the Lived Presence of the Genocidal Past” in Alex Hinton and Devon Hinton (eds.) “Rethinking Trauma: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery after Genocide and Mass Violence.” Duke University Press. 29 pp.


  1. 7.Kidron, Carol A. (2014) “The Global Semiotics of Trauma and Testimony: A Comparative Study of Jewish-Israeli, Canadian-Cambodian and Cambodian Genocidal Descendant Legacies.” In Haim Hazan and Amos Goldberg (Eds.) Disciplining Evil: The Dialectic of Globalizing the Holocaust New York: Berghahn Press. 39 pp.


  1. 8.Kidron, Carol A. (in press) “Global Humanitarian Interventions: Managing Uncertain Trajectories of Cambodian Mental Health”P. Rabinow and L. Darash (Eds.) Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Analysis. Chicago University Press.


Pending Acceptance in the coming weeks by press

  1. Kidron, Carol A.  “Breathing Life into Iconic Numbers: Yad Vashem’s “Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project” and the Constitution of a Posthumous Census of Six Million Holocaust Dead. In Michal Kravel El Tovi (Ed.) Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration.



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