C33: Remembrance: Databases and Visualization
Present and Absent: The Holocaust of Prague Jews using a mobile application
1Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Tschechische Republik; 2Deep Vision; 3Terezín Initiative Institute; 4Multicultural Center Prague
This paper is discusses the goals, methodology and experience gained in the project “Integration and Segregation in Cityspace: The History of the Holocaust in Prague Through a Web Application”, funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, which aims to project extensive datasets on the Holocaust victims living in Prague before their deportation onto the current cityscape, using a mobile application. By giving an insight into the work with the data, the digitized material used and the technical development of the web application, the paper also tries to contribute to future approaches for archival and educational GIS based applications. Following a short historical introduction, the article analyses the challenges at the crossroads of documentation and digitisation, technology and user interface as well as user interaction with data.
Exploring WWII and Holocaust memorials in Vienna. The digital map www.porem.wien
University of Innsbruck, Österreich
This paper presents a model for exploring urban memorial landscapes on political violence. It is based on a survey of more than 1,600 memorials erected in public spaces in Vienna, since 1945 with references to the Austrofascist and the National Socialist regimes. The paper builds on existing theoretical and methodological concepts, such as the ‘social production of space’ (Von Seggern & Werner, Löw), the ‘socio-spatial condition of commemoration’ (Dwyer & Alderman), ‘symbolic accretion’ (Dwyer) and ‘figurations of memory’ (Olick), and submits them to quantitative analysis using descriptive statistics and mapping. In order to distinguish between temporal and spatial patterns of memorialization, the paper explores all memorials along a range of spatial, temporal, thematic and social subjects and then identifies ‘layers of memorialization’, which express the structure under which mnemonic actors at specific times and under specific political conditions have addressed and negotiated specific issues of political violence worth of memorialization. After an analytical disentanglement, the paper presents a recomposed map of the urban memorial landscape. The paper suggests the notion of ‘me-moiré’ for grasping the historically and spatially structured coexistence of diverse temporalities, issues and social and political dimensions present in the urban memorial landscape on political violence.