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Post-PhD fellow in Visual History of the Holocaust

This offer is available in the following languages:
Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : lundi 6 décembre 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR8083-FRADAU1-004
Date of publication : Monday, November 15, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2800 and 3000 euros gross per month depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


-The post-PhD's mission will combine three types of commitment :

• analysis of visual and textual archival documents,
• establishing links between them in a software designed within the framework of the project,
• annotation of the scientific literature in English and German on the history of the Holocaust.


- annotation of the filmic, textual and photographic documents gathered;
- selection of excerpts in scientific works on the history of the Holocaust in English and German that are relevant to the other documents gathered ;
- a cross-reference analysis of films, photographs and paper archives in order to establish spatio-temporal links and to identify protagonists;
- a participation in the exploitation of a new image and text analysis software. Under the supervision of the Vienna Film Museum and the Technical University of Vienna.


- strong expertise in the history of the Holocaust in the East
- fluent English. In addition, fluency in German and/or Russian
- interest and/or experience in the digital humanities

Work Context

The project "Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Preservation in the Digital Age" is led by a consortium of 13 archival, scientific and preservation institutes from Austria, Germany, Israel and France, museums, memorial sites and software developers, as well as U.S. partners.

"Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Preservation in the Digital Age" is coordinated by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society (Vienna), in close collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna). It explores the potentials and limits of digital technologies in the fields of preservation, analysis and dissemination of historical evidence of the Shoah, especially audiovisual documents. Within this consortium, the French part, led by the Centre d'Études des Mondes Russe, Caucasien et Centre-Européen (CERCEC / EHESS-CNRS) is in charge of the most unknown - and probably the richest - part of this corpus: the images filmed by cameramen working with the Red Army (Soviet and Polish), as well as the photographs or films made by citizens of Eastern European countries during the Nazi occupation.

The project focuses on the film documents produced by the Allied forces and related to the discovery of concentration camps, Nazi killing centers and other atrocity sites. Although these films record only some aspects of the Holocaust, some of their images have become iconic. Due to the scarcity of visual documents and the context of the Cold War, only a few images, often detached from the context of their creation, have shaped the collective imagination of the Shoah. The program began by collecting and digitizing these still and moving images, which are currently scattered in archival institutions in the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, etc.

A second phase of the project will involve cross-analysis and indexing. The resulting digital plate-form will allow researchers to link, for the purposes of analysis, the excerpts of the film footage as well as to compare them to photographs, textual documents and the corpus of testimonies. The reuse of the footage in later films will also be explored.

The "Visual History of the Holocaust" program includes the development of specific software and makes innovative use of emerging technologies, notably advanced digitization, automated analysis of images and texts, and temporal and geographic annotation. One of the aims of the project is to establish new semantic environments to be exploited in history, film and media studies, cultural studies and computer science. Based on this technological innovation, new dissemination strategies will be developed for memorial sites, museums and educational institutions. The project is supported by several memorial institutions: the Dachau concentration camp memorial site, the Mauthausen Memorial and the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.

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