One Book Documentary: Data Mining the Deceased
- Library Hall
About the filmmaker
Julia Creet is a leading international scholar in Cultural Memory Studies having been involved in the development of the field since the 1990s. Prof. Creet’s research projects are broadly interdisciplinary spanning the Humanities and the Social Sciences including the history of the Holocaust, literary studies, film studies, archival studies, public history, data privacy and direct-to-consumer genetics.
Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary approaches to memory studies, co-edited with Andreas Kitzmann is one of the foundational texts in the field of Memory Studies. Her forthcoming The Genealogical Sublime is a crossover academic/trade book that traces the cultural, historical and corporate histories of the longest, largest, and most profitable genealogy databases in the world.
In 2017, Julia Creet received a York Research Leader Award in part for her leadership in public engagement. In addition to her scholarship, Creet has also produced and directed two documentary films. MUM: A Story of Silence is a personal documentary about a Holocaust survivor who tried to forget. That engagement with family history led to a documentary investigating the cultural and technological zeitgeist of genealogy itself, Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family.