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Farewell to the Dutch East Indies

 

 

Stories of veterans who served in the former Dutch East Indies (1941-1950) from the Dutch Veterans Interview Collection are an important source for this research, along with military-historical and social-scientific literature.

Lees verder op: veteraneninstituut

Artwork Biographies & Institutional Memory

 

Works of art in museum collections are managed and shaped by institutional policies and personal beliefs. Oral History methodology can help to explore this socio-cultural perspective.

However, the tools to facilitate this in conservation research still lag behind. The project ‘Artwork Biographies and Institutional Memory’ (Art_Bios_In_Me) is set up along two lines of research that address this problem. One explores obstacles and pitfalls in archiving and unlocking interviews to improve museum workflow, while the other encourages technological advances in transcribing and unlocking this unique source material, preparing it for digital humanities research.

The Kröller-Müller Museum (KMM) and the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) will provide case study material to assess the deposit infrastructure with Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), and conduct a feasibility study to adapt Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for preservation with the Foundation for Open Speech Technology (FOST). Only time-stamped transcripts will make interviews searchable – opening up opportunities for text-mining, cross-referencing and other applications of artificial intelligence (AI). The intended methodological and technological advances in the use of Oral History methodology in conservation research will be of great benefit to technical art history, object diagnosis, conservation decision-making, and cultural heritage analysis in general.

nicas-research.nl/projects/artwork-biographies-and-institutional-memory

Narrated (In)justice

https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-ze8-yg84

 

status: ongoing research

Narrated (In)justice is a research project (2014-2016) by historian Nicole L. Immler that depicts how historical injustice increasingly demands public attention through financial compensation claims. Worldwide, compensation payments for victims have become an important part of ‘recognition’ in recent years. In the Netherlands, recent payments to Jewish-Dutch victims have played a role in the claims of victims of the decolonisation war in Indonesia (the so-called Rawagede case) and are also a point of reference in the claims of descendants of former enslaved people from the former colonies of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.

 

On the basis of three Dutch cases – relating to the Holocaust, colonialism and slavery – the project shows how the experience of injustice in families is passed on over generations, what the motivation behind compensation claims is, and what the perception and meaning of such measures is. The question is whether such compensation also meets people’s expectations of it.

 

The research Narrated (In)Justice was made possible by a Marie Curie Fellowship in the 7th European Community Framework Program, carried out within the research programme ‘Understanding the Age of Transitional Justice: Narratives in Historical Perspective’ of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

 

Immler, Dr N.L. (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies) (2017): Thematic collection: Narrated injustice. DANS.

 

https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-ze8-yg84

Stories in motion

© Arie Kers – Studio Erasmus

 

Status
In progress

 

Project lead
prof. dr. H.C. Dibbits

 

Institution
Kunst- en Cultuureducatie

 

Duration
1 April 2021 to 1 September 2022

 

Research programme
Innovation and Networks (NWA)

 

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The research project ‘(Re-)Tracing History. New Methodologies for Making the Past Tangible, Palpable and Negotiable’

 

Three teams of researchers at Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen will develop innovative methods that make overlooked or ignored traces of the past tangible, palpable, and negotiable, in order to defuse tensions in society and enrich public debate. They will do so in co-creation with citizens and societal partners, focusing on oral histories (Erasmus University), dance and embodiment (Radboud University), and interactive technologies (Utrecht University). 

 

Norah Karrouche and Arno van der Hoeven’s subproject, ‘Stories in motion: oral history as sustainable data in urban settings’, seeks to develop, analyse and evaluate methods for making oral histories accessible as sustainable resources for citizens and a range of stakeholders in urban settings.

 

Oral history projects are generally conducted in communities which may have been overlooked by traditional archival institutions, and around issues that may fall outside the scope of many collection policies. These oral histories are often not stored or curated in a sustainable manner after projects end.

© Arie Kers – Studio Erasmus

From June 2021 onwards, Arno van der Hoeven and Norah Karrouche will develop a model for collecting and enriching oral history data, making these data accessible through standards for data interoperability, and reusing oral histories to generate knowledge on societal issues in urban settings. They will do so in collaboration with several (local) partners: Dona Daria, Stadsarchief Rotterdam, DIG IT UP, CLARIAH and Geschiedenislab.

Interviews in Conservation Research

University of Amsterdam & NICAS
Sanneke Stigter
2021-2022

 

number of interviews: 28

(growing collection)

 

  • Conservator Interviews
  • Curator Interviews
  • Artist Interviews

 

https://easy.dans.knaw.nl/ui/datasets/id/easy-dataset:178313

Interviews in Conservation Research is a growing collection of oral history records that can inform the preservation, conservation and presentation of works of art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. Many professionals in museums and heritage institutions conduct interviews with artists, artist assistants and conservators, as well as with other stakeholders, such as curators, directors and collectors to learn more about the works they have in their collections. These interviews are rarely sustainably archived nor easily accessible for other researchers, as their existence as primary sources is relatively unknown. This thematic collection helps to overcome these problems and is one of the main results of the NWO funded KIEM project Interviews in Conservation Research, a partner project of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science (NICAS) as part of the Conservation Oral History Initiative. This is an ongoing initiative and additions to the thematic collection Interviews in Conservation Research are welcome to build a rich collection of unique source material that allows for cross-referencing and provides a unique view on the behind the scenes of the lives of works of art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands.

 

https://easy.dans.knaw.nl/ui/datasets/id/easy-dataset:178313

OH-SMArt – Oral History Stories at the Museum around Artworks

Funded by:

PDI-SSH

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More information:

www.uva.nl/ohsmart

 

Researcher:

dr. Sanneke Stigter

s.stigter@uva.nl

Oral History – Stories at the Museum around Artworks’ (OH-SMArt) is a long term initiative to significantly improve the digital research chain around using Oral History and spoken narratives, with research into artworks and museums as a use case.

 

Museums have to contend with a serious shortage of digital tools. Additionally, the procedures applied to make recordings of spoken stories about art available are very time-consuming. This is partly due to a lack of applicability and compatibility of technical tools, and to the sometimes highly sensitive information involved. As a result, a considerable backlog has arisen in the processing of this archive material, which is, in fact, a familiar problem within Oral History research.

 

The OH-SMArt project aims to significantly improve the digital research chain around Oral History. For example, recordings will be directly connected to an automatic time-coded speech transcription service, which will facilitate the unlocking and archiving of spoken stories about art, as well as automatic searching and linking. In addition to improving the workflow, new tools will be developed that are aimed at promoting reflection: user interpretations will be saved with the source material,  as a result of which the viewpoint of the researcher will be put into perspective. OH-SMArt will provide access behind the scenes at museums in a smart and accessible manner and contribute to the improvement of research within Oral History in general.

 

OH-SMArt is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, University of Twente, DANS-KNAW, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Stichting Open Spraaktechnologie (Open Speech Technology Foundation), and participating museums and institutions. The project will be financed until the end of 2024 via the Platform for Digital Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities (Platform Digitale Infrastructuur voor Sociale en Geesteswetenschappen, PDI-SSH)

 

 

OH-SMArt curator interview Foto: © Marjon Gemmeke