Dr. Jakub Mlynář has obtained his Ph.D. in sociology at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague. His main research interests are related to the sociology of memory, narrative and identity, history of sociology, sociological theory, and ethnomethodology. In particular, he is exploring the possible overlaps of those diverse areas. Apart from his sociological research, since 2010 he has served as the coordinator of the Malach Center for Visual History at the Charles University, which is the main Czech access point to the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (http://vhaonline.usc.edu). From October 2016, he is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg (Interaction and Social Practices Research Group – GRIPS; Human Centered Interaction, Science and Technology Research Center – Human-IST).
Holocaust Survivors Testimonies as a Memory Source
(with Kateřina Králová and Karin Hofmeisterová)
The lecture and hands-on seminar are designed to link theory and practice in using testimonies as a memory source under the conditions of “digital de-contextualisation” (Pagenstecher 2018). The lecture aims to introduce the major trends in the development of “witnessing” the Holocaust, and present the specificities of large digital collections of audio-visual materials available at the Malach Centre for Visual History. Participants will be instructed in the basic search methods within the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive and the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Finally, dr. Králová will demonstrate various strategies of searching, and further employment of testimonies through her own research.
In the interactive part of the seminar, the participants will be divided into small groups and assigned a set of tasks. By comparing and discussing several pairs of interviews from the VHA and Fortunoff archives, they will get a first-hand experience of possibilities and limitations of oral history resources.