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Crisis Documentation and Oral History: Problematizing Collecting and Preserving Practices in a Digital World
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8232-8664
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI).
2022 (English)In: Oral History Review, ISSN 0094-0798, E-ISSN 1533-8592, Vol. 49, no 2, p. 346-376Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collecting in times of crisis is a precarious task. In recent years, oral historians have considered the risks and pitfalls that so called crisis or rapid response collecting entail. However, in countries where oral history practices are not dominant within the cultural heritage sector, these discussions surrounding ethics and collecting have had little impact. In this article we problematize the absence of oral history perspectives on the ethics of crisis collecting through a Swedish case study involving the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) and Sweden's most prominent cultural heritage institution, Nordiska Museet (the Nordic Museum). In 2015, DN started interviewing refugees for a social media-based project entitled RefugeeSweden. Excerpts from the interviews as well as photographs of the refugees were published on Instagram and Twitter, with Nordiska Museet later acquiring this material. Through this case study we show how the act of digitization constitutes a process of transformation which fundamentally affects collections and how they can be understood. In addition, we demonstrate how seemingly inclusive notions of digitization and representation can obscure exclusionary practices of institutions that have not considered cocreation or participatory practices.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 49, no 2, p. 346-376
Keywords [en]
crisis documentation, digitalization, oral history in Sweden, participatory practices, refugees
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History Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-55096DOI: 10.1080/00940798.2022.2101933ISI: 000841125300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85136204071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-55096DiVA, id: diva2:1698200
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DigiCONFLICT. Digital Heritage in Cultural Conflicts
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Swedish National Heritage Board, RAÄ-2017-5067Available from: 2022-09-22 Created: 2022-09-22 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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