Sitong Zhang

Thesis title: Narratives Unbound: Deconstructing Theatrical Representations of Auschwitz and Its Victims Through Post-Structural Lenses


Sitong Zhang is a PhD student in European Theatre at The University of Edinburgh. She researches the interpretation of Holocaust plays through post-structural lenses. Her research interests include Holocaust literature, literary theory, and philosophy (especially theories of Julia Kristeva, Mikhail Bakhtin, Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault), and postmodern theatre.


She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from University College London (UK) and a BA in Translation and Interpreting from North China Electric Power University (Beijing, China).

Responsibilities & affiliations

Membership of British and Irish Association for Holocaust Studies

Membership of The Wiener Holocaust Library

Conference details

"Revisiting Auschwitz: A Foucauldian Perspective on Space, Power and Testimony in Peter Weiss’s The Investigation." Accepted for presentation at Annual BIAHS (The British and Irish Association for Holocaust Studies) Postgraduate Conference. The University of Winchester. May 2024.

"Female Bodies as the Site of Violence in the Rape of Nanking: A Feminist Reflection on Geling Yan’s The Flowers of War." Accepted for presentation at the "Unwritten Histories: Marginalized Aspects of the Holocaust" workshop. University of Oxford. March 2024.

"Deconstructed Subjectivity and Broken Language: Unveiling the Abject in Charlotte Delbo's Who Will Carry The Word?"Accepted for presentation at British and Irish Association for Holocaust Studies Online Conference. February 2024.

"Understanding Memories of the Holocaust——A New Approach to Neural Networks in the Digital Humanities." Invited for presentation at 2023 Global Chinese Doctoral Forum on Digital Humanities organised by Intellectual Computing Laboratory for Cultural Heritage, Wuhan University. February 2023.


Organising "Workshop on Post-Holocaust Memory, Literature and Landscape" with  Sheng Zhu. Instructor: Prof. Peter Davies, Dr. Paul Leworthy. Dr. Jenny Watson. University of Edinburgh. January 2023.