On 22 May 2019 Alicja Jagielska-Burduk contributed to the Seventh Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention. Additional information available in the PDF which you can download here as well as in another PDF, available for download here
On 16 May 2019 Ewa Manikowska gave the lecture “Das ‘tribal’ Museum. Zeitgenössische Ansätze zur institutionellen Vergangenheit in Polen” at the Zentrum für Historische Forschungen of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin, in the framework of the Klaus Zernack Colloquium 2019 series (Identitätsfabriken? Museen und historische Bildung in Polen). You may view the 2019 series programme here
The Swedish Historians Meeting was held at Linnaeus University in Växjö on 8-10 May 2019. Malin Thor Tureby and Jesper Johansson presentation focused on their case study Oral History as Digital Heritage in the Age of Migration. They paid specific attention to the question of how Swedish cultural heritage institutions have been creating digital and non-digital narratives and collections about as well as with persons categorized as migrants and refugees.
On 18 March 2019 Gil Pasternak visited Nesher’s Heritage Centre (Haifa District, Israel), where he spoke to community documentarists of photographic heritage about the decision-making processes they undergo when digitising historical family photographs and the factors that inform their choices. As part of his visit to the Centre, Gil also provided a series of consultations on the cultivation of participatory digital culture amongst youngsters and across generations.
On 11 March 2019 Gil Pasternak visited the Library and Memorial Centre in Kiryat Tivon (Haifa District, Israel) where he met with community documentarists and contributors of photographic cultural heritage. Learning about their work methods and the expectations they have of their growing community’s archive of historical family photographs, Gil provided individual consultations on how to find and evaluate the historically informative qualities of family photographs as material objects, considering among other things what steps need to be taken in preparation for their digitisation and continued preservation.
On 5 March 2019 Ewa Manikowska presented a paper entitled “Between Universalism and Tribalism. National Museums in Abeyance” at the conference Parmi les Hommes, les Objets et les Signes. Hommage à Krzysztof Pomian organized by the Institut National d’Historie de l’Art, the Sorbonne, and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris (4-6 March 2019). Conference information and programme can be accessed here and you can listen to the paper here
On 18 February 2019, Gil Pasternak contributed to the AA School’s public event “Slow Seeing: The Analog in Photography”, which was organised as part of the AA Collections Talks series. Gil delivered the presentation “Film Photography in a Digital World”, in which he explored some political factors that have affected the growing interest in film photography, since the end of the Cold War in particular. Gil also contributed to a lively discussion about photographic digitisation and the challenges facing archivists when intending to turn material photographic objects into digital images without losing their material characteristics, which are equally as important as the images they depict. The event was chaired by AA Head of Photography Sue Barr, and other speakers and panelists were Daniel Blochwitz (independent curator and artistic director of Photo Basel), renowned photographer John Spinks, and Programme Director for Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA course in Contemporary Art Juliet Hacking.
On 30 January 2019, Gil Pasternak was invited to contribute to the international research symposium Photography and Resistance: Reflections on Photography as a Medium of Resistance and as a Resistant Medium, organised by Dr Kylie Thomas in the School of Humanities and the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at the University of Brighton (29-30 January 2019). Pasternak delivered the paper “Battling Xenophobia in the Polish Homeland: Photographic Education and Practices in the Jewish Landkentnish Movement (1926-1938)”, to explore the photographic methods that the Poland‑based Landkentnish (Yiddish for “knowing the land”) movement employed in the interwar period to preserve Jewish Heritage, promote Jewish culture, and establish Poland as a home for the Jewish people at a time when Polish nationalism arose. Based on the results of a collaborative research with Polish photography scholar Marta Ziętkiewicz, the paper discussed the origins of the Landkentnish movement, the photographic sources and resources it created, the exhibitions it put on display, and its employment of snapshots and illustrated magazines. Drawing on extensive archival research and surveys of the movement’s surviving publications, the paper Gil delivered demonstrated how photography assisted the movement in contesting Polish historical amnesia by evincing the deep-rooted historical connection between the Jewish community of Poland and the Polish land.
Alicja Jagielska-Burduk co-authored and published an article on cultural heritage education entitled, “Council of Europe Cultural Heritage and Education Policy: Preserving Identity and Searching for a Common Core” (with Piotr Stec, University of Opole). The article was published in the journal Revista Electrónica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado (Interuniversity Electronic Journal of Teacher Formation), and is available online.
On 10 December 2018, Malin Thor Tureby participated in the workshop “Research-Driven Digitization – Data-Driven Research: Opportunities and Consequences”, which was organized at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm by the National Heritage Board and the Nordic Museum. The workshop encouraged interaction and cooperation between universities and memory institutions with a view to exploring digitization and uses of digitized materials in archives and collections. Key discussions that emerged during the workshop revolved around questions such as: How to facilitate navigation in the digital world that today is a reality for both the scientific community and memory institutions? What are the opportunities and implications of digitalization for research in the humanities? How can memory institutions and the research community jointly develop strategies for digitization that will be useful and used in research?
On 19 November 2018, Alicja Jagielska-Burduk delivered a presentation at the international symposium “New Heritage Challenges in Crisis Contexts: The Dynamics of Law within the Development of International Protection of Cultural Heritage”, which was organized by the French National Commission for UNESCO. Alicja’s presentation focused on major trends in public policies of heritage protection, in the context of Eastern Europe in particular.
At the international conference Museums in Times of Political Change: Looking at Eastern Europe, organized by the Bundesinstitut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlischen Europa in Oldenburg on 7-9 November 2018, Ewa Manikowska delivered the presentation “Museums in the time of populism: Poland’s crisis of democracy as a threat to cultural heritage”, which looked at the recent controversies around the Museum of Second World War (in Poland).
Ewa Manikowska took part in the 5th International Conference of the International Association of Photography and Theory, which was entitled “Photographs and Conflict: Archiving and Consuming Images of Strife.” Manikowska chaired a roundtable discussion, where, together with Pam Meecham (UCL Institute of Education) and Sarah Tuck (Valand Academy – University of Gothenburg & Hasselbald Foundation), she discussed War, Photo Archives, and the Temporalities of Cultural Heritage.
On 13 November 2018, Gil Pasternak delivered a professional training session on uses of family photographs in cultural heritage digitisation and digitalisation initiatives. Titled “A Particularly Photogenic History: On Family Photographs at Home, in Public, and in Digital Heritage”, the session was held at the Rishon Le Zion Museum (Israel) as part of a professional development workshop organised for community coordinators of the Ben-Zvi Institute’s project Israel Revealed to the Eye. During his session, Gil explored the history and development of family photography from the nineteenth century to the present day, assessing conventional practices, functions, and distribution technologies. He then investigated a selection of significant instances in which family photographs have been brought into social, cultural and political environments, discussing what made family photographs, as otherwise private types of objects, most fit for purpose. Lastly, in the final part of his session, Gil analysed the growing interest in family photographs in state-led and grassroot community cultural heritage digitisation and digitalisation initiatives. The session’s overall intention was to equip heritage documentarists with knowledge and understanding of the multiple social, cultural, and political uses of family photographs in general, and their scholarly and academically perceived connection to tangible and intangible forms of cultural heritage in particular.
The DigiCONFLICT Research Consortium held its first collaborative international workshop at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm (Sweden) on 24-25 October 2018. Entitled “Oral History and Digital Heritage”, the Consortium organized the event in collaboration with staff members from the Museum and invited oral historians and other scholars from Sweden, Norway and Finland to explore ideas and exchange ways of thinking about the impact of digital heritage on contemporary engagements with the past. Workshop participants discussed what is gained and lost when cultural heritage becomes digital, and who benefits or loses most from this process. Click here to read more about the event to view the programme
Malin Thor Tureby and Jesper Johansson delivered a paper presentation about the research project DigiCONFLICT at the Oral History Associations Annual Meeting, which was hosted at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada on 10-13 October 2018. Their presentation discussed the aims and research questions addressed by the DigiCONFLICT research project, with specific focus on the Swedish research team’s case study, entitled “Oral History as Digital Heritage in the Age of Migration”. Among other aspects, the presentation considered the theoretical and methodological approaches used in that case study, especially in relation to the research field of oral history, which was the scientific framework of the event.
On 4 September 2018 Ewa Manikowska delivered a presentation entitled “A European Museum: A challenge to the idea of a European cultural heritage” in the framework of the 47th Session “A European Heritage in the Making: External Borders and Internal Boundaries on the Move” of the 4th ACHS Conference organized by the Zhejiang University of Hangzhou.
On 5 September 2018, Gil Pasternak was invited to deliver a keynote conference paper titled “Online Communities Offline: Digital Heritage in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, as part of the international, interdisciplinary symposium Commemoration, Memory, Archive: Investigating Commemorative and Memorial Uses of Personal, Non-Professional Images in the Digital Age in the Global South, which was organised at the University of Sussex, 4-5 September 2018. Gil’s paper looked at two digital heritage projects that emerged in Israel-Palestine in the second decade of the twenty-first century as a means to propagate politically charged Israeli and Palestinian national histories. Instigated by Israeli politicians, on the one hand, and by authoritative Palestinian institutions, on the other, the two projects have been geared towards digitizing and uploading family photographs online, in order to evince the exclusive connection of each people to the same land. Similar in spirit but significantly different in scope and means, the projects have thus perpetuated at least two contested visual narratives about the history of the same geographical region. Each of these claims it for one nation, playing down (even erasing) the otherwise undeniable historical presence of the other. Informed by archival research, digital ethnography, and fieldwork, Gil’s paper described the assumptions and desires that led political officials on both sides to consider family albums and digital heritage as appropriate means to negotiate national identities and activate patriotic sentiments. Gil pointed to the temptation to understand the initiatives as digital enactments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet he argued that they shape the lived experience of regional politics not through their online presence, but rather by involving individuals of all walks of life in the digitization and communal narration of personal photographs, offline.