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Subject: [ E-CFP ] 2nd Call for Papers - Conference "Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma" June 12-14, 2013
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Date received: 18 Jan 2013
Deadline: 01 Feb 2013
Start date: 12 Jun 2013

***2nd Call for Papers***

Conference "Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma" June 12-14,
2013 Erasmus Studio / Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The


**Conference description** To mark the completion of the
video-life stories project Croatian Memories (CroMe) the Erasmus
Studio for e-research (www.eur.nl/erasmusstudio) is pleased to
announce the international multidisciplinary conference "Digital
Testimonies on War and Trauma" to be held at the Erasmus
Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 12-14 June, 2013.

The CroMe project is generating a collection of video interviews
with testimonies on war-related experiences in Croatia's past. As
each interview is processed, transcribed, translated and
subtitled in English, the project reaches out to both a local
general and an international academic audience. Accordingly the
interviews will be made accessible in two ways: in edited form on
an online platform for the general public, and in their original
form in a password-protected environment for researchers.

Conference aim

The conference aims to bring together scholars involved in the
creation of oral sources, for both individual research and
archival purposes, with the intent to discuss the potential use
and impact of digitized collections of narratives related to war
and trauma, across disciplinary and national boundaries. Because
of the specific context in which the CroMe project has been
conducted, special attention will be given to research based on
oral sources in the region of the former Yugoslavia, and on new
insights with regard to creating and opening up digital oral
history archives.

Keynote speakers

· Prof. Dr. Nicolas Apostolopoulos (Centre for Digital Systems at
the Free University of Berlin)

· Dr. Steven High (Canada Research Chair in Public History at
Concordia University, Canada and co-director of the Centre for
Oral History and Digital Storytelling )

· Prof. Dr. Doug Oard (professor of Information Sciences,
University of Maryland)

Programme committee

· Dr. Christian Gudehus (Executive Director of the Centre for
Multi-disciplinary Memory Research at the University of
Flensburg, Germany)

· Prof. Dr. Franciska de Jong (Professor of Language Technology
at the University of Twente, and director of the Erasmus Studio,
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

· Dr. Kruno Kardov (Department of Sociology at the University of
Zagreb, Croatia)

· Sasa Madacki (Human Rights Center, University of Zagreb,

· Prof. Dr. Julia Noordegraaf (Professor of Heritage and Digital
Culture at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

· Dr. Stef Scagliola (Erasmus School for History, Culture and
Communication / Erasmus Studio, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam,
The Netherlands)

Registration and fees The regular fee for participation is 100
euro. This includes admission to the conference, two lunches,
refreshments and a reception. A limited number of fee waiver
scholarships for PhD students will be made available.
Registration will be open from March 2013 onwards.

**Call for Papers** We solicit paper proposals in the form of
abstracts, with the intent to publish a selection of full papers
in a specialized journal after the conference.

Papers are supposed to present original research on one or more
of the following themes:

1 . Computer Science and Information Science The
multidisciplinary environment in which ICT researchers design
platforms and provide technological support for digital oral
history collections, can pose challenges in communicating with
actors that have a different relationship with the material. The
question to be addressed is how these differences can be
overcome. How can technology evolve and at the same time connect
to existing research practices?

How to cope with tensions between the demand for a manageable and
affordable collection, and the academic challenge of applying
innovative techniques such as speech and image retrieval? How to
deal with diverging mindsets related to issues of transcribing
and translating? Another central issue is the variation in the
design of search and access environments for public, academic and
educational uses of the collections.

2. Archival Studies and Library Studies The digital revolution
   poses great challenges on how the access to archives is
   arranged, in particular when dealing with personal narratives
   that are published online in post-conflict societies. There
   are various ethical questions with regard to ownership,
   privacy, consent and the consequences of speaking out. An
   equally important issue is the balance between investing in
   the creation of archives and in its future users. Questions to
   be addressed are: How do archivists deal with sensitive data?
   Are there mechanisms to monitor the use of collections? Who
   gets access and who does not? Who uses these archives and in
   what ways? Has the policy with regard to privacy and informed
   consent undergone major changes in the past decades?

3. Social Studies and the Humanities (SSH) The "digital turn" has
   led to an explosion of digital testimonies on war, trauma and
   human rights abuses. The impact of this abundance of personal
   testimonies on the academic community is not fully clear yet.
   What is the general appraisal of these type of sources? Are
   these digitized collections actually being used by scholars or
   do they primarily base their findings on their own sources? If
   they have found their way into the archives, how do they use
   these sources? Do they consider depositing their own data? Is
   there an explanation for the distinct oral history tradition
   of the Anglo-Saxon academic world, and the European approach?
   Another important question is whether the multidisciplinary
   potential of these collections is fully appreciated. If yes,
   in what way? If no, how can this be facilitated by digital

Submission format Please send your abstract (max. 400 words,
excluding references) to the conference secretariat (Laura
Boerhout) digitaltestimonies2013_(at)_gmail.com before 1 February
2013. Your application should include a provisional title and a
link to a short online profile of the main author(s).

**Important dates**

Deadline for submission of abstracts 1 February 2013

Notification of accepted papers 1 March 2013

Conference 12-14 June 2013


For details about participation, schedule, registration,
accomodation, venue and programme, please check the conference
website: http://digitaltestimonies2013.wordpress.com


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