Digital Humanities Methods for Analyzing Holocaust and Genocide Testimonies

panel / roundtable
  1. 1. Todd Presner

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  2. 2. Anna Bonazzi

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  3. 3. Lizhou Fan

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  4. 4. Gabor Toth

    University of Southern California

  5. 5. Rachel Deblinger

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  6. 6. David Shepard

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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The purpose of this panel is to present a set of digital methods for analyzing Holocaust and genocide testimonies at scale. The corpus of testimonies (approx. 55,000) and metadata come primarily from the USC Shoah Foundation and include survivors of the Armenian Genocide (1914-23), the Nanjing Massacre (1937/38), the Holocaust (1939-45), and the Rwandan Genocide (1994). Panel members also work with early Holocaust testimonies recorded in Displaced Persons Camps by David Boder (1946) as well as testimonies of from Yale’s Fortunoff Archive. One of the central research questions concerns the genre of “testimony” itself and how computational analysis can help us track changes in narrative structure, form, and content, particularly in dialogical interviews. We are also interested in how testimonies can be textually mined to fill in “gaps” and “missing voices” through linguistic analysis, including code switching, speech patterns, changes in voice and emotional expressivity, and so forth.

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Conference Info

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ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

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Series: ADHO (15)

Organizers: ADHO