"Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies" conference at University of Southern California - October 23-24, 2017

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The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites scholars to its upcoming international conference "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies", being held October 23-24, 2017 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC Digital Humanities Program. 

International scholars from many disciplines will be gathering to examine the relationships between digital methodologies, practices, ethics and contemporary Holocaust and genocide studies. How can digital humanities shape, challenge, or complement contemporary genocide studies and vice versa? The conference will investigate the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and genocide studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches.

Registration is required. To learn more and to register, please visit the conference website.

The program also appears below.


Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies
Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research,
co-sponsored by the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program 
Monday, October 23, 2017
USC, Doheny Library, Room 240
Session 9:15 am – 9:30 am : Welcoming Remarks
Wolf Gruner, Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Stephen Smith, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation
Session 9:30 am – 10:50 am : Introductory Panel 

Todd Presner (UCLA, Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies)
Digital Humanities and Holocaust Studies: Challenges and Possibilities  
Alina Bothe (Freie Universität Berlin/Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, History)
Limits of Representation? Ethics of Digital Shoah History 
Coffee break 10:50 am – 11:00 am 
Session 11:00 am – 1:00 pm : Social Media, Genocide Commemoration, and Augmented Reality
Tomasz Łysak (University of Warsaw, Applied Linguistics)
Vlogging Auschwitz: Towards Netnography of Digital Autobiographical Documentary 
Maria Zalewska (USC, Cinematic Arts)
Pokémon in Auschwitz: New Encounters Between Augmented Reality Technologies, Spaces of Memory, and Places of Commemoration
Timothy Williams (University of Marburg, Conflict Studies and Political Science)
“Awful, but you have to go...” Memory in the Digital Sphere of Tripadvisor.com Reviews of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia
Lunch break 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Special Presentation 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Piotr Florczyk (USC, Creative Writing)
From the Annals of Kraków: Poems of Witness and Remembrance
Session 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Beyond the Basics: The Capacities of GIS for Analyzing the Holocaust Spaces 
Alberto Giordano (Texas State University, Geography)
The Expanded Potential of GIS for the Study of the Holocaust
Anne Kelly Knowles (University of Maine, History), Paul B. Jaskot (De Paul University, History of Art & Architecture), Justus Hillebrand (University of Maine, History)
GIS and Corpus Linguistics: Mixed Digital Methods for the Exploration of Forced Labor in Krakow District Ghettos
Tim Cole (University of Bristol, History), Alberto Giordano (Texas State University, Geography)
GIS and Corpus Linguistics: Ghetto Space and the Place of the Ghetto in Budapest  
Maël LeNoc (Texas State University, Geography)
Using GIS to Study Family Arrests and Separations During the Holocaust in Italy
Coffee break 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm 
Session 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm : New Dimensions in Testimony
Kia Hays (USC Shoah Foundation)
An Introduction to New Dimensions in Testimony
Noah Shenker (Monash University, Holocaust and Genocide Studies) and Dan Leopard (Saint Mary’s College of California, Media and Communications)
“Pinchas Gutter:” The Virtual Holocaust Survivor as Embodied Archive 
Stephen Smith (USC Shoah Foundation)
Interactive Holocaust Biography: Literacy, Memory, and History in the Digital Age 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
USC, Doheny Library, Room 240 
Session 9:30 am – 11:50 am : Digital Visualization of Holocaust Spaces: The Broader Perspective 
Erik Steiner (Stanford University, Digital Humanities), Anne Kelly Knowles (University of Maine, History)
Ways of Seeing: Problems and Possibilities in Holocaust Visualization
Caroline Sturdy Colls (Staffordshire University, Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation)
Imagining the Unimaginable: Archeologically-derived Visualizations of Holocaust Landscapes
Anika Walke (Washington University in St. Louis, History)
Visualizing the Holocaust in Belarus: Communal Experiences and Memories of Genocide
Respondent: Todd Presner (UCLA, Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies)
Lunch break 11:50 am – 1:30 pm
Session 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm : Mapping Social Networks and Personal Experiences 
Paris Papamichos Chronakis (University of Illinois, Chicago, History)
From the Lone Survivor to the Network Self. Social Networks Meet the Digital Holocaust Archive
Andrew Curtis (Kent State University, Geography), James Tyner (Kent State University, Geography), Sokvisal Kimsroy (Kent State University, Geography)
Genocide Spatial Video Geo-narratives: Mapping the Personal Experiences of Victims of the Khmer Rouge 
Eric Le Bourhis (FMS/ISP, History)
Spatialization of the Holocaust and Digital Tools: The City of Paris as a Local Case Study: Research and Curation 
Coffee break 3:30 pm – 3:50 pm
Session 3:50 pm – 5:50 pm : Different Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies
Joanna Chen Cham (UCLA Library)
Incorporating Emerging Literacies into Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies: Understanding the Value Systems, Methodologies, and Choices Behind the Metadata 
Adam Muller (University of Manitoba, English, Film, and Theatre), Struan Sinclair (University of Manitoba, English, Film, and Theatre), and Andrew Woolford (University of Manitoba, Sociology and Social Justice and Criminology)
Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School in Canada
Session 5:50 pm – 6:00 pm : Concluding Remarks
Wolf Gruner, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research