Dr. S.I. Scagliola (Stef)

Contact details

Email address
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein
3062 PA

Mail address: Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Role in Erasmus Studio: Postdoc researcher in projects AXES,  CroMe and Oral History Today


Dr. Stef Scagliola is a researcher at ESHCC. She is invovled in the following projects: 

  1. AXES. an FP7-project aimed at applying innovative search technology in audiovisual archives, she contributes to the design of usability studies for scholarly users and  the development  develop of a training course for searching digital audiovisual archives. 
  2. CroMe and BiHMe, projects around  a series of collections of video life story interviews with victims of war and detention in former-Yugoslavia, she is an advisor on the methodology of process generated oral history and is responsible for designing a multidisciplinary research agenda.
  3. projects funded under the CLARIAH programme and its predecessor CLARIN:

    -  Oral History Today (http://zoeken.verteldverleden.org/#/about)
    -  Oral History Today 2 (http://www.clariah.nl/oht/vervolg-oht2)

Background in Digital Humanities

Dr. Stef Scagliola is a historian specialized in digital audiovisual archives, with an emphasis on oral history collections. From 2006-2011 she was the coordinator of an  oral history project conducted at the Netherlands Institute for Veterans which resulted in the first large scale ‘digital born’ interview collection in the Netherlands. It consists of more then 1000 life-history interviews from among a representative sample of Dutch war- and military mission veterans. See for an outline of the project in English. The unrestricted part of the collection is freely accessible online, the restricted part can be accessed in a password controlled environment through Data Archiving Networked Services (DANS). 

Through the development of the infrastructure for generating, structuring and providing differentiated access to this data she became involved in various ICT-projects which aim at developing adequate tools and data standards for researchers who work  with audiovisual archives. Together with DANS and the Center for Speech Technology of the University of Nijmegen, the multidisciplinary enhanced publication Wat Veteranen Vertellen was developed, consisting of digital texts enriched with links to audio-fragments (see explanation). Another innovation by this team was: The Oral History Annotation Tool, which uses speech retrieval for searching the archive and offers the possibility to add and share annotations to fragments of the interviews.

Because of her understanding of the tension between challenges for ICT-researchers and engrained social practices among scholars in the humanities and social sciences, she has developed into an intermediate between the two realms. She is therefore regularly invited as an advisor in projects implementing e-humanities.

Background in War Studies and Oral History

Stef Scagliola graduated cum laude at the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (At present Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication) in 1996 and received the Jan Romein award for contemporary history for her master thesis. At the same faculty she conducted a PhD research from 1997 to 2002, resulting in the dissertation: Last van de oorlog; de Nederlandse oorlogsmisdaden in Indonesië en hun verwerking (Burden of War, Coming to term with Dutch War Crimes in Indonesia). This study was shortlisted for the ICODO Award in 2002.  Hear a lecture by TSef Scagliola on 'Last van de oorlog' here.

With regard to historical topics she is specialized in oral history, military cultures and the way societies come to terms with historical injustices. See lecture in English on oral military history.

She was also engaged in research around the civil case filed by Indonesian widows from Rawagedeh against the  Dutch state for a war crime committed by Dutch military during the Indonesian/Dutch decolonization war between 1945 and 1949. See lecture on the dynamics of the remembrance of Rawagedeh In the Netherlands and Indonesia.  Together with Annegriet Wietsma she co-authored a book on the love affairs between Indonesian women and Dutch soldiers in the same period: Liefde in tijden van oorlog which is partly based on the lifestories of the children fathered by these soldiers, their Indonesian mothers and their fathers which have been collected at the website www.oorlogsliefdeskind.nl.

Publications (selection):

de Jong, F.M.G., van Hessen, A.J., Petrovic, T. and Scagliola, S. (2014),Croatian Memories: speech, meaning and emotions in a collection of interviews on experiences of war and trauma. In: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), 26-31 May 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland. ELRA. Link

Kemman, M., Kleppe, M., & Scagliola, S. (2014). Just Google It. In C. Mills, M. Pidd, & E. Ward (Eds.), Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2012. Sheffield, UK: HRI Online Publications. Link

Scagliola, S. & F.M.G. de Jong  (2014),  Clio’s talkative daughter goes digital’, in:  R. Bod et al (eds.), The Making of the Humanities, Volume III: The Modern Humanities.  Amsterdam University Press.

Kemman, M., S. Scagliola, R. Ordelman and F.M.G. de Jong, (2013),  Talking with Scholars: developing a research environment for Oral History Collections. Demo paper. In:  Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Supporting Users Exploration of Digital Libraries (Malta). Link

A. van Hessen, F.M.G. de Jong and  S. Scagliola (2013),   ‘Der Einsatz von Sprachtechnologie in Oral-History Sammlungen’, in: Erinnern an Zwangsarbeit; Zeitzeugen-interviews in die digitale Welt , Nicolas Apostolopolous and Cord Pachenstecher (eds), (Berlin, Metropole-Verlag). Link

A. van Hessen, F.M.G. de Jong and S. Scagliola (2013) ‘Croatian Memories; eine Interviewsammlung met personlichen Berichten uber Krieg und Traumata, in: Erinnern an Zwangsarbeit; Zeitzeugen-interviews in die digitale Welt , Nicolas Apostolopolous and Cord Pachenstecher (eds), (Berlin, Metropole-Verlag). Link

Scagliola, S. (2012), Cleo's ‘unfinished business’: coming to terms with Dutch war crimes in Indonesia's war of independence. In: Journal of Genocide Research 14 (3-4), 419–439. Journal version /  Preprint

S. Scagliola, The Dutch Veterans Interview Project: recognition and attention in exchange for valuable information. In: Interuniversitary Seminar on Armed Forces and Society , 21-23 October 2011, Chicago. Link

F. de Jong, R. Ordelman, Stef Scagliola, Audio-visual Collections and the User Needs of Scholars in the Humanities. In: Proceedings of Supporting Digital Humanties 2011, Copenhagen. Link

H. van den Berg, S. Scagliola, F. Wester (eds.),  Wat veteranen vertellen, verschillende perspectieven op biografische interviews over ervaringen tijdens militaire operaties, Amsterdam University Press, 2010. (www.watveteranenvertellen.nl)

S.Scagliola, 'Interviews met veteranen als historische bron; de meerwaarde van oral history in de  context van de krijgsmacht’, in: Van der Berg (eds) 2010 S.Scagliola, ‘Just ask them!Said the oral historian’; over vanzelfsprekendheden in kwalitatief sociaalwetenschappelijk onderzoek’, In: ˆKwalon, tijdschrift voor kwalitatief onderzoek’,nr 1, 6 2011.

S. Scagliola,  Speech retrieval for Interview Data; Technology Push or Academic Demand, In: Proceedings Searching Spontaneous Conversational Speech; workshop at ACM Multimedia 2010. Florence.

Heuvel, H. van den , R. van Horik, E. Sanders, S. Scagliola and Witkamp P. (2010), The VeteranTapes: Research Corpus, Fragment Processing Tool, Enhanced Publications for the e- Humanities. In: Proceedings of the 7th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10)  DOI=http://www.lrec- conf.org/proceedings/lrec2010/summaries/328.html

S. Scagliola, (2007),  The Silences and Myths of a ‘Dirty War’: Coming to Terms with the Dutch–Indonesian Decolonisation War (1945-1949). In: The European Review of  History.14 (2), 235-262.   Journal version / Preprint

S.Scagliola, ‘Het belang van de verhalen van Mars voor de kennis van Clio; over de  plaats van Oral History in het (post)-militaire bedrijf’, in: Kwalitatief interviewen – kunst en kunde, J. Evers (eds). August 2007.

S.Scagliola, ‘Hoe slachtoffers daders ongrijpbaar maken. Het Indië-trauma, van medische naar publieke betekenis, in: Icodo-info, tijdschrift over gevolgen van oorlog en geweld,  jrg.20, nr.1, juni 2003.

S.Scagliola, Last van de oorlog; de Nederlandse oorlogsmisdaden in Indonesië en hun verwerking.Handelseditie proefschrift Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Balans, oktober 2002. Link to pdf.