Digital testimonies can be explored in the US (Skokie), the UK (Laxton) and Germany (Berlin, Munich). Until now, little is known about how this kind of technology-driven testimony affects students or visitors of museums and memorial sites.
The proposed outcome of this international and interdisciplinary network is to gain empirically proven and comparative insights into the effectiveness of digital 3D testimonies. Since only a few researchers worldwide work on this topic, close cooperation between the US-American, the British and the German teams is highly desirable. During the four workshops, quantitative and qualitative instruments will be developed and critically discussed against the background of the various disciplines brought together by the network. These instruments will be used to prepare and conduct surveys at schools, museums and memorial sites. This way, a diverse set of methods will be developed to enable reliable statements about the educational value of digital 3D testimonies in comparison with analogue conversations with Holocaust survivors. Additionally, conclusions will have to be drawn for teaching on the Holocaust and Nazi crimes. In terms of the digital and historical discourse, theoretical insights into the interplay of technology and testimony with regard to visualization and interaction are to be expected.The results of the research network will be bundled in a publication with the topics
- Empirical tools and their effects
- Consequences for teaching and learning about the Holocaust in different contexts
- Theoretical framework of interaction with digital 3D testimonies
The results will be discussed at interdisciplinary conferences.
Political Science and Education
Social and Media Studies
Duration: November 2020 to February 2024
Contact: Florian Duda
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft