Source as a Choice
As researchers, our decisions usually privilege certain aspects over others. Our choices are made in search for answers to specific questions. We opt for certain approaches in our work: from the way we shape our first questions and design methodology to how we construct narratives out of the fragments of sources and our interpretations, to the long-term use of our work.
However, similarly complex choices inform the creation of the sources we rely on as well: institutions decide to collect statistical data in a certain manner, people decide to keep their diaries and write letters to each other, media outlets decide to cover specific topics and events. Some materials make it into archives (this itself is also often the result of specific choices), others fade out of focus until they might be re-discovered by people who follow new queries. Some sources are lost, or they are even deliberately destroyed.
Decisions within these processes are often invisible and are not reflected on, but they become especially pertinent in times of radical violence. In such times, the choice of creating and preserving sources may be a tool of exercising or resisting violence. Our choice in these series, though, is to discuss such events and contexts through the lens of certain sources, creating a platform for the conflict-laden pasts to live in the present and in the future.
We invite you to reflect upon the decisions and choices that accompany the generation and further life of sources in times of war and conflict. The series of events "Source as a Choice" is implemented by the Center in partnership with the EHRI, hoping to offer a space for such conversations.
- Curators: Sofia Dyak, Natalia Otrishchenko, Diána Vonnák, Taras Nazaruk
- Production: Viktoria Panas
- Communication support: Maryana Mazurak
- Consulting: Bohdan Shumylovych
- Logistical and technical support: Sofia Andrusyshyn, Oleksandr Dmytriiev
- Design: Oleksandra Davydenko