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2. February 2021 - 4. February 2021

The Digitalisation of Memory: Technology – Possibilities – Boundaries


Call for applications

The Falstad Centre and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are inviting you to an online Polish-Norwegian seminar on “The Digitalisation of Memory”.

Falstad Digital Reconstruction and V/AR Guide. Photo: Ole Martin Wold 2018
Falstad Digital Reconstruction and V/AR Guide. Photo: Ole Martin Wold 2018
  • 2nd – 4th of February, 2021
  • Online Seminar
  • Language of the seminar – English
  • Participation in the seminar is free of charge
  • Application deadline: 6th of January, 2021

Cultural institutions more and more often use new technologies in order to attract new groups of visitors but also to broaden the educational message. Especially in the year 2020, the pandemic situation has made us aware of how many areas of life digital media can cover. It made museums and memorials workers not only respond to the situation by shifting the activities to online spaces but also to redefine the ways of being in contact with the audience by using a wide range of digital tools as well as to reflect on the situation we found ourselves in.

We wonder: To what extent we can continue the process of developing digital concepts? Where do we find new opportunities? Where are the ethical boundaries?

The Falstad Centre and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are inviting you to an online Polish-Norwegian seminar on “The Digitalisation of Memory”. The seminar will explore the possibilities and boundaries of digital media in museums and memorial institutions. There will be presentations held by experts in the field, workshops, and many interesting discussions.

The purpose of the seminar is to ensure the exchange of knowledge and good practices by experts, activists, and museum professionals dealing with social memory, intercultural education, and the use of new technologies at cultural institutions operating in the field of heritage and memory preservation.

We especially invite individuals, who work in museums, cultural and memorial institutions, human rights centres from Poland and Norway to participate.

Technical information

The seminar will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2021. The seminar will be online. All activities will be conducted in English.

There are two ways of participation in the seminar possible:

  1. For registered participants from Poland and Norway, we prepared workshops, lectures, presentations, and panel discussions taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2021.
  2. For registered participants from Poland and Norway, we prepared workshops, lectures, presentations, and panel discussions taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2021.

Program summary

February 2, 2021

12:00 – 17:00
The group of Polish and Norwegian participants meet for an afternoon session to get to know the Falstad Centre, POLIN Museum, the collaborative project and most importantly each other. The main goal of the session is to create a safe arena for good discussions and reflections, despite that the seminar is taking place online. The activities include presentations of the participants, various get-to-know-each-other activities, and initial discussions.

February 3, 2021

09:00 – 16:00
This day is devoted to further exploration within the field of the new technologies used by cultural institutions.
We will have lectures and presentations of digital solutions at museums and memorials, and we will have a workshop about modern technology for museum audiences.

Invited experts: Dr. Ewa Drygalska; Falstad Centre, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

February 4, 2021

09:00 – 16:00
The final day seminar is devoted to the ethical boundaries of the digitalisation of memory. Is there an ethical line? Why or why not? The main panel discussion will address the ethical boundaries of technology when educating about the Holocaust.

Invited experts: Tabea Widemann (University of Konstanz); Dr. Victoria Walden (University of Sussex); Stephanie Billib  (Bergen-Belsen Memorial); USC Shoah Foundation.

For additional questions please contact us at:  christian.semb@falstadsenteret.no

Application deadline – January 6, 2021

Please fill in the application form below. The number of places in the seminar is limited. In the case of more applications than places, the organisers reserve the right to shortlist participants based on the application.

Please send your application form to christian.semb@falstadsenteret.no

Organisers: The Falstad Centre, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.