12-14 June: Conference "Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma"

To mark the completion of the video-life stories project Croatian Memories (CroMe) the Erasmus Studio for e-research 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 separate 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 (project manager at the 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)

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.

See for more information: http://digitaltestimonies2013.wordpress.com