Digital Public History

Radio ARA: my first time on the air

HeaderLuxembourg has an independent radio called Radio ARA, known for its alternative style and for its great multicultural, multilingual program.

Tomorrow – Saturday, 10th February 2018 – is gonna be the very day of my radio debut! I’m gonna be interviewed during the program  Voices by Passaparola, of the magazine in Italian language Passaparola, from 10am to 11:30am.

I’m their guest for this morning program tomorrow as I am half Italian myself, doing research on Italian migration in Luxembourg. I’m very excited for this experience! Never would expect my first time on the radio to be in Italian language. Such an honor!

I will be with Amelia Conte discussing my PhD project, allora be prepared for a little bit of history, digital public history, memory and technology in italiano. 🙂

Grazie mille a Passaparola per questa bellissima opportunità! 

Radio ARA (102.9) , in streaming http://www.ara.lu/listen.html

– Nonnina, ti saluto!!!

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#CFP: IFPH-FIPH 3º Conferência Anual, Bogotá, Colômbia, 7, 8 E 9 de julho, 2016

Chamada de trabalhos*

Prazo final para envio de propostas: 19 de outubro de 2015

IFPH: http://ifph.hypotheses.org/news

Foto: IFPH

(foto reproduzida de IFPH)

A história é uma questão pública. O conhecimento e prática histórica não se limitam aos ambientes acadêmicos. A história também é produzida e compartilhada de diversas maneiras por historiadores profissionais e não-profissionais. Museus e outros lugares de exposição, filmes e documentários, novelas históricas, aniversários e comemorações, re-enactments e living history, políticas públicas, comissões de justiça transicional, televisão, rádio, sites e mídia social, são alguns dos caminhos em que a história se faz viva. Todas essas configurações estimulam a interação e a colaboração com grandes audiências, fazendo dos historiadores historiadores públicos.

A terceira conferência anual internacional da Federação Internacional para a História Pública (IFPH) será realizada na Universidade de Los Andes, em Bogotá, Colômbia, de 7 a 9 de de 2016. Seu objetivo é abrir um espaço para dar visibilidade e compartilhar as práticas e habilidades inovadoras que historiadores públicos em todo o mundo usam criativamente na sua prática diária. A história é cada vez mais produzida através de projetos colaborativos que são usados ​​para diferentes propósitos políticos, econômicos e culturais, definindo, muitas vezes, identidades coletivas ao longo do caminho. Além disso, a história pública explora, desafia e discute o papel dos historiadores, e recentemente atraiu atenção global. Neste sentido, a Conferência também abre espaço para discutir o escopo, os objectivos e desafios, entre outras questões críticas levantadas pela história pública e pela história como um campo geral.

Criada em 2011, a IFPH visa a construção de uma comunidade internacional e multi-lingual de praticantes. O papel da IFPH é promover o desenvolvimento da história pública em todo o mundo, criando e coordenando redes, promovendo ensino, pesquisa e todo o tipo de atividade engajando o público com o passado, a história e memórias individuais e coletivas.

A conferência internacional da IFPH em Bogotá vai reunir profissionais, especialistas e ativistas de todo o mundo para discutir e compartilhar suas experiências nos diversos desafios e recompensas envolvidos no engajamento com o público para difundir o conhecimento histórico. A conferência não será limitada a um tema específico, mas, pelo contrário, vai abranger as mais diversas atividades de história pública. Assim, as propostas poderão apresentar exemplos de engajamento dos historiadores com as comunidades através de diferentes meios de comunicação, construindo diferentes formas de narrativas e analisando diferentes usos públicos do passado.

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Museo del Oro, Bogotá, 2011 (foto reproduzida de IFPH)

Possíveis práticas e temas podem incluir:

  • Museus e Exposições
  • História Oral e Projetos Comunitários
  • História Pública Digital
  • Mídia Digital, Internet e Conhecimento Participativo
  • Mapeamento e representações visuais do passado
  • Vídeos e documentários
  • Ficção histórica
  • Re-enactments e “Living History”
  • Preservação Histórica e Patrimônio Cultural da Comunidade
  • Arqueologia Pública
  • Mídia Social, Mobile App e conteúdos gerados pelo usuário
  • Políticas Públicas e História Aplicada
  • Ensino de História Pública
  • Quem são os historiadores públicos na América Latina?
  • Como promover a história pública como disciplina na América Latina?
  • Passados difíceis que interagem com o presente: Historiadores e Justiça Social, Direitos Humanos, Comissões de Verdade e Justiça de Transição?

Apresentações em inglês ou espanhol serão aceitas durante a conferência, mas todas as propostas devem ser escritas em Inglês. Inglês é fortemente sugerido como o idioma principal para apresentações.

Tanto trabalhos individuais, como propostas de sessão (90 minutos cada) são bem vindas. Propostas de sessões deve incluir um resumo geral para a sessão, bem como os resumos de todos os trabalhos individuais.
Prazo final para o envio de todas as propostas é 19 de outubro de 2015.

Também haverá sessões de pôsteres nes conferência em Bogotá, mas chamada e prazo diferentes.

Por favor, envie a sua proposta de não mais de 150 palavras, bem como qualquer outro questionamento, para o seguinte e-mail: ifph2016@uniandes.edu.co

Comissão organizadora:
Gennaro Carotenuto (Università di Macerata, Itália)
Thomas Cauvin (Universidade de Lafayette, EUA)
David Dean (Universidade Carleton, Canadá)
Anita Lucchesi (Université du Luxembourg, Luxemburgo)
Serge Noiret (Instituto Universitário Europeu, Florença, Itália)
Anaclet Pons (Universitat de València, Espanha)
Camilo Quintero (Universidad de los Andes, Colômbia)
Philip Scarpino (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – IUPUI, EUA)
Isabelle Veyrat-Masson (CNRS, França)

Comissão local:
Camilo Quintero (Universidad de los Andes, Colômbia) <cquinter [at] uniandes.edu.co>
Angela Maria Aristizabal Borrero (Universidad de los Andes, Colômbia) <am.aristizabal10 [at] uniandes.edu.co>

*Tradução livre da chamada original, disponível aqui, por Anita Lucchesi.

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.

 European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

 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
http://online.ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it/h3/h3.exe/apubblicazioni/Fanalisi

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