News from SCI International Archives informs about recent activities and insights or ideas around archives and the history of SCI.
Posted by Philipp Rodriguez / Heinz Gabathuler on May 11, 2013
In September 1927 a flood in the Rhine valley devastated big parts of Liechtenstein. The SCI committee initated an international appeal for a relief project in order to clean up the devastated agricultural area. More than 700 volunteers from more than 20 countries came to help.
In June the National Museum of Liechtenstein shows a special exhibition about this relief project.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Feb 24, 2013
In my last spotlight I have reported the difficulties SCI encountered in authoritarian South East Asian countries when it wanted to register a new sub-office. But political contestation due to its pacifist ideology has also affected SCI under comparably liberal political circumstances.
Posted by David Palmer on Dec 17, 2012
The SCI veteran David Palmer has recently been contacted by an Iranian student requesting information about about the reconstruction project, which took place almost 50 years ago in Dousadj.
David writes about his volunteer experience in Iran in 1963 and some of the conclusions she has arrived at in her study.
Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Oct 5, 2012
From time to time, the SCI Archives website features memories of former workcamp volunteers. Over the past year, Greg Wilkinson, now aged 75, has been working on a blog called 'Lifework Drafts' which includes two years on SCI work-camps in the mid-50s, when he refused military service in Britain. In 1962, Greg returned to SCI and a newly-independent Algeria, before turning to journalism. His workcamp blogs are part of a wider of a wider exploration. Here, we ask what moved him to write these very personal accounts.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Aug 22, 2012
The Archives of SCI France and its Commission for Africa, Asia and Latin America (CAAAL) have recently been made accessible to the public at the Archives Départementales du Val-de-Marne, located in Créteil near Paris.
Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Jun 2, 2012
Antonio Belmonte, historian and long standing of SCI group in Madrid, published recently a book about the Spanish Civil War with photo from SCI Archives.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Mar 28, 2012
The turmoil in Western societies around the year 1968, marked by students' revolts and
opposition against US warfare in Vietnam, also left its traces on the SCI movement.
During Easter holidays in 1969, West European and the US branches organised a
Seminar that took place in Uddel, The Netherlands, under the then quite fashionable motto
"The Social and Political Implications of Voluntary Service".
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Jan 7, 2012
SCI Madrid has compiled an exhibition about the humanitarian mission of SCI during the Civil War in Spain (1937-39). It is now being shown at the Centro Cultural "Paco Rabla" in Madrid until 17th February 2012.
Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Dec 11, 2011
The 71st International Committee Meeting of Service Civil International (SCI) in Wépion (Belgium) did welcome Heinz Gabathuler today as new coordinator of SCI Archives.