The iC-ACCESS consortium members will meet at the Universit of Amsterdam for the official kick-off meeting of the project. The goal of the meeting is to discuss the project and establish concrete cooperations between the partners and with the various stakeholders, to share cutting-edge ways of increasing inclusivity and accessibility to European campscapes.
The kickoff meeting includes a visit to the campscape of Westerbork near Amsterdam.
iC-ACCESS aims to develop inclusive strategies to provide access to Nazi and Stalinist 'campscapes' as sites of remembrance, education, research. Most of these sites have been demolished; others are either monumentalized without physical remnants or the history they stand for has been erased. Hence, the challenge of a sustainable (re-)use of these often-contested 'heritagescapes' demands a transnational, interdisciplinary and integrated approach.
iC-ACCESS research questions include: How do we best valorize their dissonant heritage, given the multiplicity of users, memorial practices and visitor expectation, incorporate and display testimonial material of their problematic history, and preserve, use and add value to them? see more at https://www.era-learn.eu/
The SPECS Research Group participates in this project by providing its experience in virtual and augmented reality technology to reconstruct the places where the crimes took place in World War II and the corresponding inter-related structures such as tSPECS's reconstruction of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. SPECS contributes to project also bringing its expertise in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, expertise applied to optimize the preservation and maintenance of collective memory. see http://www.belsen-project.specs-lab.com/ and http://www.futurememoryfoundation.org/
More concretely, within the iC-ACCESS project, SPECS will be responsible for the part that refers to digital mapping and interactive visualization tools with the aim of stimulating education and research into the significance of this heritage and promote exchange and debate, fostering inclusion and accessibility in these areas both unique and representative of recent European history.
see also UPF E-News on this project