Issy Sawkins

Isabel Sawkins


Isabel is a third-year PhD student based at the University of Exeter and the University of Aberystwyth. Her research investigates contemporary Holocaust memory in the Russian Federation, and it is funded by the SWWDTP (part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council).


Her PhD analyses films, museum exhibitions, and educational materials, and the 2018 Russian film Sobibór is one of the case studies for her. Issy has presented her findings at national and international conferences.


She has recently had an article published in Modern Languages Open about Sobibor, and she is the co-editor of an upcoming special issue. Issy was the postgraduate representative for the British Association of Holocaust Studies for 2019/2020. 

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson


Hannah is a graduate of the Weiss-Livnat International MA program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa (Israel). In 2016, she began her PhD thesis on the "Material Memory of Sobibór" at Nottingham Trent University (UK), funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities Award.


From 2014 onwards, Hannah has participated as a research student at the archaeological excavations at Sobibór and Treblinka camp sites in Poland. She has written extensively on the commemoration and memory of the site, as well as public awareness of Sobibór.


She is co-curator of the exhibition "Uncomfortable Histories: Artistic Responses" and has interned at the Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw), the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum (Israel) and Imperial War Museum (London). She is a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris.