In this presentation, Data and archiving in the face of state erasure: a case for Research-Creation methods, Dorit Naaman will address data management through emergent research-creation methods in the settings of contested territory and traumatic histories. It will describe Naaman’s interactive documentary project, Jerusalem, We Are Here (2016), which was built on, and continues to generate, a dynamic archive of ephemera and stories about homes in West Jerusalem by the Palestinian families who were displaced from them during the 1948 war. This work presents the ethical challenges inherent in participatory projects that result in sensitive data alongside expectations for widespread public dissemination.
Dorit Naaman is an award-winning documentarist and film theorist. Naaman is an Israeli-Canadian professor of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Dr. Naaman publishes texts on media and Palestinian/Israeli politics, especially the representation of gender and ethnicity in relationship to nationalism.