Call for Participation Conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma” (DTWT2013) June 12-14, 2013

Erasmus Studio for e-research / 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 for e-research will host the international multidisciplinary conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma”  at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 12-14 June 2013.

The Call for Papers  for this conference was closed on 1 February 2013. The selected papers can be found on the Programme page, and researchers and practitioners from the domains of oral history, archives and ICT are invited to participate and to sign up on the Registration page.

Conference aim
The conference aims to bring together scholars involved in the creation of digital oral history sources, for both research and archival purposes, with the intent to discuss the potential use and impact of digitized narratives related to war and trauma, across disciplinary and national boundaries. Because of the specific regional context in which the CroMe project has been conducted, part of the programme will focus  on the role and use of oral history conducted in the former Yugoslavia. Another strong focus will be on new insights with regard to the challenges of creating and opening up digital oral history archives in the digital era.

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Nicolas Apostolopoulos
    Centre for Digital Systems at the Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Steven High
    Research Chair in Public History at Concordia University, Canada and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
  • Prof. Doug Oard
    Professor of Information Sciences at the University of Maryland, U.S.A.

Special sessions (apart from regular sessions)

  • The making of the “Croatian Memories” collection
    (Chair: Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past, Zagreb Croatia)
  • Audiovisual histories in the courtroom (e.g. ICTY)
    (Chair: Prof.  Eric Ketelaar)
  • PhD Masterclass
    (Chair: Prof. Dr. Julia Noordegraaf)

As the conference intends to be a meeting point for a variety of disciplines, DTWT explicitly welcomes anyone interested and engaged in documenting narratives on war, be it from an academic, journalistic, human rights perspective or just as a result of sheer interest.

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

Conference website: