After pursuing a career as museum educator, Stefania Scagliola studied history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Here she also conducted her PhD research from 1997 to 2002 on the controversial topic of Dutch war crimes committed during the Indonesian independence war from 1945 to 1949. This experience made her conscious of the relevance and complexity of oral history sources, and led to the creation of the Dutch Veterans Interview Project for the Dutch ministry of Defense. This ‘digital born’ interview collection of 1000 audio interviews, created the opportunity to engage with new Information technology and paved the way for a digital humanities approach to opening up oral history archives. This skill could be further developed at the Erasmus Studio for e-research where she worked from 2011 to 2016. Here she was involved in the FP7 search technology project AXES and the video-oral history project Post Yugoslav Voices. She also developed and coordinated the minor Digital Culture, a Digital Humanities Course Registry search environment, and was involved in the Erasmus+ project DARIAH Teach. From 2016 to 2021 she worked as a postdoc at C²DH to develop a Teaching Platform on Digital Source Criticism. The objective is to sensitize students and scholars to reflect on the epistemological and methodological challenges of digitization and of online accessibility of historical sources.
Stefania is a Research Associate