Month: March 2014

5o anos do golpe militar de 1964 e muita historinha

Temos muito que refletir sobre o modo como estamos lembrando esse passado duro e traumático. As tentativas de recontar, ressignificando a história, são inúmeras. Pode-se argumentar “toda história é interpretação”, mas coloquemos algum limite a essa transcendência do texto e dos signos aos fatos, pois limites. E fatos. Podemos falar deles de inúmeras maneiras, podemos até discordar aqui e acolá de algumas questões, mas não podemos negar que há fatos. Não deixemos que inventem ditabrandas com as caras mais lavadas. Não deixemos que encharquem as lembranças de dolorosas interjeições com um sem fim de conjunções adversativas (como bem observou o colega Rodrigo Turin sobre os últimos imputs da mídia). Não houve nada cor de rosa. Se, apenas se, houvesse uma cor, essa cor seria chumbo.

Chamou minha atenção a Folha começar essa noite um “past blogging” (narrando o passado como se fosse “ao vivo”). Fico pensando no quanto de jornalismo, no quanto de história e no quanto de ficção pode haver aí nesse instantâneo anacrônico, especialmente depois da publicação hoje de um edital mea culpa bem comprometido, num discurso rapidamente identificável como apologético a esse negociado passado ditatorial por quem não esqueceu das coisas, mesmo depois de quererem passar tanta borracha, não é, Demian Melo? Um edital que começa afirmando o óbvio merecimento do repúdio à Ditadura hoje só poderia tomar o torto caminho, linhas abaixo, de afirmar que “aos olhos de hoje, aquele apoio foi um erro”. Sim, pois não, foram necessários 50 anos para os senhores perceberem o desaparecimento de pessoas e descobrirem seus defuntos? Foram necessários 50 anos para que tivessem coragem ainda de vir a público com tão lamentável cinismo “lavar suas mãos”?

A verdade é dura, duríssima. A Globo, a Folha e uma penca apoiaram a ditadura e hoje ainda tentam retorcer a história para jogar pra debaixo do tapete os maiores podres.

Não somos “guardas” da história. Nem juízes. Mas não é preciso fardar ou embecar nenhum historiador para justificar que precisamos ficar atentos com o que acontece sob nossos narizes. Não vamos confundir distanciamento para a crítica com distanciamento político, acrítico.

Esses últimos causos são uma pedra no sapato para aqueles que ainda acham que o Tempo Presente não é coisa para historiadores. Não nos furtemos dessas discussões. O coloboracionismo dá as caras (de pau) em pleno 2014 e não levar isso a sério é de chorar, por razões diferentes das que dizia Ronaldo Vainfas em seu polêmico desafo esses dias no Facebook. Para mais a respeito do tal desabafo, recomendo a leitura de outro desabafo, a brava resposta da Caroline Silveira Bauer às colocações do colega.

Sigo de olho no “past blogging” da Folha, soou tão sofisticado que dá arrepio. Interessante para o pessoal da História Pública acompanhar o que esses caras vão fazer. Vamos acompanhar, mesmo que nauseados.

 

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100 vezes Cláudia

Lindo projeto. Pena que nem toda poesia do mundo, nesse momento, consegue confortar os corações e promover justiça. A notícia hoje de que o MP mandou soltar os PMs envolvidos no caso é só um indício de que a impunidade continua… Quem pode nos ajudar?

Olga

A mulher arrastada pela Polícia Militar tinha nome – Cláudia Silva Ferreira.   Cláudia também tinha família. E sonhos, coragem, dores e medos como qualquer ser humano. As denúncias da barbárie ocorrida são importantes e elas não devem cessar. Mas fugir do sensacionalismo e humanizar esse momento também é. Por isso, nos propusemos a retratar Cláudia com mais carinho do que o visto nos últimos dias.

A convite da OLGA, alguns artistas gentilmente criaram imagens sensíveis, que se dispõe a resgatar a dignidade roubada por criminosos. Este projeto se chama 100 VEZES CLÁUDIA e é aberto para que qualquer um possa enviar suas homenagens. Ou seja, esperamos publicar aqui novas artes com frequência. Quem sabe não chegamos a 100? Por fim, gostaríamos de imprimir algumas das ilustrações e enviar à família de Cláudia. Quer participar? Escreva para olga@thinkolga.com.

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História Pública do Holocausto, um curta

From the filmmakers: In order to discover the true meaning of Public History of the Holocaust we interviewed people at different Holocaust Memorial sites all over Europe. They all have their own relation to this major event in history.

People of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds turn out to be important stakeholders in writing, discovering and perceiving history. This short documentary shows how random people handle the history of the Holocaust. It points out that we have to consider the public dimension of Holocaust research.

History thrives through the Internet but is also shaken by it. As technology improves, more and more people can easily handle and present facts, data and interpretations. Unfortunately this also goes for those who deny that the Holocaust even took place.

This calls for new ways of cooperation between scholars and the general public, by using the Internet. This was discussed during the international conference Public History of the Holocaust on July 9 2013 in Berlin.

Holocaust Denial and the Web: a conference in Rome, April 10-11, 2014

via Serge Noiret |Original post here

sissco-logoOn April 10 and 11 at the University of Rome 3 (Dipartimento Fisolofia, Comunicazione, Spettacolo) the SISSCO, (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea), will hold an important academic conference about the role of contemporary historians confronted with Holocaust denial on the web.

Should legislation be voted in Italy contrasting Holocaust Negationism? And, more generally, should History, when unable to build a firm culture of the past widely accepted in societies, be ruled by legislation?

These issues have been discussed in many European countries; some laws aiming at governing legally the past and telling about politically correct memories and what exactly is the truth about the past, have been voted in France, in Spain, and in other countries. Professional historians are generally against the idea to force societies to adopt a so-called “correct history of their pasts” defined by law and, in France, a committee was born using its own very active blog to contest the idea that telling the truth in history could be enforced by the law: the Comité de vigilance face aux usages publics de l’histoire (Committee of vigilance on the public use of history) wrote a manifesto on June 17, 2005 against the “entrepreneurs of memory” and political uses or misuses of history.

The debate has entered the public sphere in Italy too and the main association of contemporary history academic historians, Sissco, collected a “dossier” analyzing the press debate about holocaust denials and promoted an official petition signed by many contemporary historians against the use of the law in history: “Modifiche all’articolo 414 del codice penale in materia di negazione di crimini di guerra e di genocidio o contro l’umanità e di apologia di crimini di genocidio e crimini di guerra“.

But the Holocaust of the Jews during the second world war is unique: should historians and the civil society accept that the Shoah be openly and publicly contested and denied and hate speech widely diffused through the Internet? Is it possible to use a penal legislation against negationist web contents published everywhere in the world and accessible also in Italy? Should the Italian legislator vote a law defending the truth against offensive, racist and anti-Semitic revisionist propaganda and condemn hate speech legally?

These activities and also the academic conference promoted in April in Rome described below, are showcasing the direct participation of academic historians in the policy in Italy, what was in the early ’90 defined by Nicola Gallerano as being part of the “uso pubblico della storia”. Will these political and academic activities be able to maintain also for the young generation the awareness of what happened in Europe during WW2 and about keeping alive a correct memory of the holocaust using properly the web?

It is of course my opinion that academic conferences are important but are not enough and that we need to act in the virtual space and promote the digital public history of the Shoah and of other genocides perpetrated by the Nazi and their allies looking at how best presenting the evidences of the Holocaust and engaging different communities about these issues.

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 EHRI logo_3Building awareness of the past using a public history approach is being done by the ERIH project  (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) in Europe to support the Holocaust research community, provide access to the primary sources dealing with the Holocaust and encourage collaborative research in the field. What could be the role of public historians in maintaining a correct perception of what has been the Holocaust and engage with fighting negationism on the web? How could the web itself, and social media, in close contact with other public activities, fight back an aggressive negationist approach like what is diffused online in Metapedia, the so-called alternative encyclopedia if you look for the non-existing keyword “holocaust”?

Metapedians redirected tJewish casualties during World War II - Metapediahe keyword “holocaust” -nothing to read about in a specific entry- to another Metapedia entry called “Jewish casualties during World War II” avoiding the use of what they call a useless and mystifying buzzword, the Holocaust of the Jews.
So I quote here a full paragraph (accessed on Wednesday March 12, 2014) of this entry in order to understand how far the negationist propaganda in the web can go, contradicting all the basic evidences of historical research and the memory of who suffered in the nazi camps. Reading this paragraph and the whole entry online, you will discover another history, the kind of narrative which is banned by law in other countries like in France and would be banned in Italy too voting a new legislation: “Some Jews controversially claim the German government had an “official policy” of extermination, where “6 million” were killed in homicidal gas chambers and turned into soap or lampshades. Confidence trickster, Elie Wiesel, applied the religious term “The Holocaust” to this framing in the 1970s. Since then, the construct has been used as a political weapon to promote Germanophobia and Europhobia in general. It is used as moral justification for the Zionist war on the Palestinians, as well as part of an illustrious money-making industry. In some countries it is illegal for historians and investigators to openly state a dissenting view and some have been incarcerated for thought criminality as prisoners of conscience.”

Digital Public Historians are present in other countries and monitoring this “negationist web” which engages -systematically in the case of Metapedia- in rewriting the past, all the past and supports nationalistic, fascist and Neo-Nazi ideologies. These holocaust deniers are using the web from many years now. They have embraced the web as their elected media to communicate a false narrative of many pasts in the Metapedia, not only about the Holocaust, and remove memories and evidences of scientific historical research from the web, when these results are not supporting their goals. These political propagandists are using the architecture and stylistic presentation of Wikipedia together with the so-called “objective way to present facts” that Wikipedia has promoted from its creation in 2001 to give a semblance of truth to their discourses and misuses of memories.

ERIH has already organized an important international conference in July 2013 Public History of the Holocaust - European Holocaust Research Infrastructure about Public History of the Holocaust: Historical Research in the Digital Age “that was hosted by the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Facilitated by EHRI and two other European infrastructure projects supporting humanities research, DARIAH and TextGrid, and sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the conference brought together policy makers, archival and memory institutions, and academics to reflect on the challenges and opportunities the digital age offers for the public history of the Holocaust.”

Negationism in the digital realm was one of the central issue of this discussion.  Georgi Verbeeck, Professor of German History at the University of Leuven, “…reflecting on the continuing problem of Holocaust negationism, arrived at a nuanced assessment of the efficacy of current research and educational practices to prevent similar atrocities from re-occurring. Many small narratives of concrete experiences may provide powerful mirrors that can spur individuals to effective responses and positive actions….” What is important to quote from Verbeeck’s speech about how to use and promote the sources and memories of the Shoah in the digital realm, reflects on the fact that “the web is particularly suited to organise and publish […] small narratives“.

The concluding debates were saying about “the effectiveness of legal tools to counter internet hate speech; the opportunities and limits of the digital environment for tackling new historical questions; the ever present danger of a (digital) de-historicisation and de-contextualisation of Holocaust discourse.”

We may hope that the Rome conference in April 2014 will engage with the later issues dealing with in the making digital public history of the Holocaust.

IBC- La storia a l  tempo di Internet
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Measuring the presence of contemporary history in the web, the use and misuses of history in the digital realm, was the aim of a project started at the end of the 20th century between 1999 and 2000 in Italy. The results were published by the IBC (Istituto per I beni Artistici, Culturali e Naturali dell’Emilia Romagna) in Bologna, in 2004, after three years of researches done by an interdisciplinary team of historians and public historians which looked at the Italian history web and collected Italian contemporary history web sites and proposed a critical method for analyzing them systematically. The project and the book were coordinated by Antonino Criscione, Serge Noiret, Carlo Spagnolo and Stefano Vitali: La Storia a(l) tempo di Internet: indagine sui siti italiani di storia contemporanea, (2001-2003)., Bologna, Pátron editore, 2004. The authors verified that an active revisionist narrative was populating the web and promoting alternative memories of WW2. Memories of the militias of the Salo Republic, allied with the Nazi between 1943 and 1945 and co-authors with the Germans of the deportation of Italian Jews, was finding a media and a place to proliferate without boundaries, these boundaries that Italian academic historians and European public historians are now discussing.

The web is easily accessible for everybody to produce its own vision of the past and is able to promote and diffuse alternative memories, something that I have explained in my essay in French,  La digital history : histoire et mémoire à la portée de tous.

So, the important conference in Rome will go forward in an extended academic reflection dealing with how the web could be used and misused to promote everybody’s memory and vision of the past and contrast hate speech and holocaust deniers activities in the digital realm.

This is the full program of the conference:

Shoah e negazionismo nel Web: una sfida per gli storici
Roma, 10 e 11 aprile 2014,
Università Roma Tre
Sede della Camera dei deputati
Giovedì 10 aprile 2014
(sede Università Roma Tre)
14,30
Mario Panizza, Rettore Università degli studi Roma Tre*
Paolo D’Angelo, Direttore Dipartimento filosofia comunicazione spettacolo
Agostino Giovagnoli, Presidente Società italiana per lo studio della Storia contemporanea
15,00
La storia, le memorie e la didattica nel Web
Presiede Michele Sarfatti (Fondazione Centro di documentazione ebraica contemporanea)
Alberto Cavaglion (Università di Firenze)
Usi e abusi della memoria
Guri Schwarz (University of California, Los Angeles)
La legge di Godwin:la Shoah nella rete e nell’immaginario collettivo
Laura Fontana (Memorial de la Shoah, Paris)
La trasmissione della Shoah nell’era virtuale: una deriva della lezione su Auschwitz?
Damiano Garofalo (Museo della Shoah, Roma)
Fonti orali, audiovisive e memoria della Shoah nel web e nel digitale
David Meghnagi (Università Roma Tre)
L’esperienza del Master “Didattica della Shoah” di Roma Tre
Laura Brazzo (Fondazione Centro di documentazione ebraica contemporanea)
I Linked Open Data per la storia della Shoah. Verso il Web 3.0
18,00
dibattito
Venerdì 11 aprile 2014
9,30
L’universo digitale del negazionismo
Presiede Renato Moro (Università Roma Tre)
Claudio Vercelli (Istituto di studi storici Gaetano Salvemini)
Il negazionismo nel web
Valentina Pisanty (Università di Bergamo)
I linguaggi del negazionismo nel web
Gabriele Rigano (Università per stranieri, Perugia)
I circuiti del negazionismo tra carta stampata e web
Emiliano Perra (University of Winchester)
Negazionismo e web: il caso inglese
Valeria Galimi (Università della Tuscia)
Leggi memoriali, negazionismo e web: la discussione in Francia
12,00
dibattito
14,30
(Sala Zuccari, Palazzo Giustiniani, Via della Dogana Vecchia da confermare)
Introduce
Ernesto De Cristofaro (Università di Catania)
La legislazione in Europa e in Italia
Contro il negazionismo: Una legge utile o dannosa?
Tavola rotonda
presiede Tommaso Detti
partecipano:
Marcello Flores, Anna Rossi Doria ed altri,
* In attesa di conferma
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British Library – Podcast (Digital Conversations: The Scholarly Use of Web Archives)

Só tinham esquecido do link para o podcast, muito bom de fato. Assunto que carece de muita discussão. Eis o link: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/podcasts/podcast154924.html

Humanidades Digitais

Pensar em todos os possíveis usos de arquivos digitalizados é sobretudo considerar o uso acadêmico de arquivos digitalizados.  

Nesse podcast, que se baseia em um seminário na British Library, uma série de interessantes questões e observações são levantadas, como por exemplo: a importância de se estruturar arquivos na internet pelo fato de se precisar preservar informações que podem se alterar a qualquer momento sem uma programação preestabelecida para isso.

Outro relevante ponto suscitado: as mudanças nos algoritmos podem influenciar a relevância dos elementos nas buscas, na estruturação das informações nos arquivos na internet, o que pode sempre influenciar os resultados obtidos nas buscas. Esse aspecto está diretamente relacionado ao perigo de se criar arquivos ‘mortos’, pouco visitados, o que ocorre com certa frequência nos dias de hoje.

Paralelamente a todas essas questões, alguns fatos interessantes foram apresentados, como por exemplo: a China é o país do mundo em que…

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