Call for Participation

Conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma”  (DTWT2013)
June 12-14, 2013
Erasmus Studio  / Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands

To mark the completion of the video-life stories project Croatian Memories (CroMe) created in cooperation with the Croatian NGO Documenta, the Erasmus Studio will host the international multidisciplinary conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma” at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 12-14 June 2013.

This conference intends to be a meeting point for those interested in and engaged with audiovisual testimonies related to war and peace, trauma and memory and history and remembrance. Special attention will be devoted to narratives from the Western Balkan region and from the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Researchers and practitioners working with oral history, archives and ICT, be it from an academic, educational, journalistic or human rights perspective, are cordially invited to participate and sign up on the Registration page. More information about the sessions can be found on the Programme page. 

Keynote speeches

  • “Forced Labor 1939-1945”
    Prof. Dr. Nicolas Apostolopoulos – Free University of Berlin, Germany
    Director Competence Centre e-Learning / Multimedia and ICT specialist
    Dr. Alexander van Plato  – Fern University of Hagen, Germany
    Director Centre for History and Biography and curator 
  • “Korsakow Database Cinema”
    Dr. Steven High – Concordia University Montreal, Canada
    Co-director Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
    Prof. Liz Miller – Concordia University Montreal, Canada
    Professor of Communications and filmmaker 
  • “Oral History in the Digital Age”
    Prof. Dr.  Doug Oard – University of Maryland, U.S.A.
    Professor of Information Sciences
    Prof. Dr. Mark Kornbluh -University of Kentucky, U.S.A.
    Professor of History

Apart from the regular sessions three special sessions are scheduled. See the programme for more details. The special sessions will focus on:

  • The Making of  “Croatian Memories” : Narratives on War and Detention 
    (Chair: Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past)
  • Audiovisual Testimonies in the Courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
    (Chair: Prof. Dr. Eric Ketelaar)
  • PhD Masterclass: Memory of Conflicts
    (Chair: Prof. Dr. Julia Noordegraaf)

Questions related to the conference can be addressed to:
Laura Boerhout –

Among the DTWT2013 sponsors are: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs , USC Shoah Foundation, Werkgemeenschap Informatiewetenschap and Erasmus Trustfonds.

*Photo courtesy Ana Opalic

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