A media archeology of destruction. Exploring the visual history of the Holocaust

Presentation by Michael Loebenstein at the Prague Visual History and Digital Humanities Conference 2020

On the vision to expand current notions of “digital curation” of historical resources

The Horizon 2020 project “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age” aims at developing a concept of digital curation of filmic records that will innovate scholarly and curatorial work with digitized film and media collections.
The project focuses on the digital curation and preservation of film records relating to the discovery of Nazi concentration camps and other atrocity sites. In doing so it also includes a significant number of other cultural materials and records – oral histories, documents, photographs, and popular culture content – to explore the ‘entangled’ media histories of the iconography of destruction and genocide.
It is an aim of the project to establish new intersections of technology and concepts of heritage material “curation” across several disciplines: from museology to forms of engagement memorials and Holocaust teaching resources. Can this project not only innovate the way we reflect on and engage with a well-established (and problematic) iconography of destruction, but offer impulses to expand current notions of “digital curation” of historical resources?


Monday, 27.01.2020, 12:45
Monday, 27.01.2020, 14:30
Malach Center for Visual History at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University, Malostranské náměstí, 25, 118 00, Prague, Czech Republic