[SIGCIS-Members] Active institutional or individual oral historyefforts in history of computing *outside* US

Gleb J. Albert gleb.albert at uzh.ch
Wed Feb 7 06:45:58 PST 2018

Dear David, dear list members,

I'm doing a research project on the transnational history of teenage 
software pirates, or "crackers", in the 1980s and early 1990s. For this, 
I have conducted around 20 oral history interviews with former crackers 
(some of whom later became game developers) all over Europe. I'm not 
writing an "oral history" as such, though, and the interviews serve 
merely as an additional source to contemporary primary sources of this 
subculture (which I collect and digitize in the process, see 
<http://gotpapers.untergrund.net/>) as well as contemporary state & 
industry archival materials. Due to the delicate nature of the subject, 
there are no plans yet to make the complete interviews public, but they 
will be utilised in my monograph, which is due to come out around 

All the best,

Am 07.02.2018 um 11:47 schrieb Jaroslav Švelch:
> Dear David, list members,
> I’ve researched the history of hobby computing and computer games in 
> Soviet era Czechoslovakia and interviewed 42 people, most of whom were 
> active amateur programmers in the 1980s, a couple of them also computing 
> professionals from 1950s onwards. The interviews were conducted in Czech 
> or Slovak and are currently not publicly available – but the results of 
> the research will be published in my book Gaming the Iron Curtain, 
> upcoming with MIT Press this Fall.
> Best,
> Jaroslav
> Jaroslav Švelch, Ph.D.
> New media and digital games scholar (http://svelch.com)
> Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bergen
> Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project: http://gta.b.uib.no/
> Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, 
> Prague (on leave)
> Phone: +420 773 988 425
> *From: *Troy Astarte (PGR) <mailto:t.astarte at newcastle.ac.uk>
> *Sent: *středa 7. února 2018 11:28
> *To: *David C. Brock <mailto:dbrock at computerhistory.org>
> *Cc: *members <mailto:members at sigcis.org>
> *Subject: *Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Active institutional or individual oral 
> historyefforts in history of computing *outside* US
> Dear David,
> I am into the final year of my PhD research on the history of 
> programming language semantics. As a part of this I have conducted, 
> recorded, and transcribed interviews with a number of people (6) who 
> worked in this field or a related field.
> Best,
> Troy Astarte
>     On 6 Feb 2018, at 15:58, David C. Brock <dbrock at computerhistory.org
>     <mailto:dbrock at computerhistory.org>> wrote:
>     I would like to get a better sense of which institutions or
>     individuals are actively creating oral histories in the history of
>     computing, broadly conceived, *outside* of the US.
>     I’m posting the question here because I’d bet others would like to
>     know as well.
>     Thanks in advance for your help.
>     Best wishes,
>     David

Dr. Gleb J. Albert
Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Forschergruppe "Medien und Mimesis"

Universität Zürich
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CH-8006 Zürich

Tel. +41-446346187

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