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Accounts of the Conflict:
Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding
17-18 November 2014
Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The aim of this International Conference is to explore and examine the role of digital archives of personal narratives, oral histories or testimonies in societies emerging from conflict. The Conference is a showcase event of the ‘Accounts of the Conflict’ project at INCORE based in the University of Ulster, which is building a digital archive for the long-term preservation and dissemination of stories related to the conflict in, and about, Northern Ireland. The conference aims to attract both academics and practitioners from around the world with an interest in how storytelling and archiving can contribute to peacebuilding and social change in a range of diverse contexts.
The Conference will focus on three key areas
- Ethical considerations in archiving and disseminating personal accounts
- The practical development and implementation of archives
- Dissemination and outreach of oral histories for peacebuilding and social change
Alongside local experts working in the field, confirmed speakers for the conference include Elisabeth Baumgartner, swisspeace; Louise Corti, UK Data Archive, University of Essex; Norman Duncan, Apartheid Archive, South Africa; Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela Foundation; Ramsay Liem, Boston College; Mary Marshall Clark, Columbia Center for Oral History Research, New York; Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia, Gernika Peace Museum; Vesna Terselic, Documenta, Croatia and Patricia Valdez, Memoria Abierta, Argentina.
While formal conference inputs are by invitation only, all conference participants will have opportunities to engage in discussions in the scheduled interactive parallel sessions.