Oral History Theory and Practice: Day Workshop
- Andrew Redden
- Admission: Free/no charge for students from the Universities of: Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster, Keele, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford and the RNCM only. Proof of institutional affiliation will be required on the day. General admission: £50.00 for those not from the above institutions.
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This will be an interactive day-long workshop in which participants will engage with the theoretical, practical and ethical challenges associated with oral history research. The workshop will consist of a number of introductory talks about themes, group exercises and discussions as well as feedback sessions between participants and the two facilitators. Drawing on their most recent oral-history research in the UK, Colombia and El Salvador, as well as the respective experience and intentions of the workshop participants, the workshop will cover the following themes:
• An introductory history of oral history
• Theory: a) Accuracy and Representativeness
• Theory: b) Narrative, Performance and the Self
• Practice: a) Interview Process and Technique
• Practice: b) Ethics
Over the course of the workshop participants will obtain a broad, yet in-depth understanding of the theory of oral history together with an understanding of how oral histories are constructed and affected by both interviewee and interviewer. You will gain a working knowledge of how you might obtain historical data through interviews, the problems that this might entail, and how these problems might be overcome, alongside an in-depth consideration of the related ethical issues. Above all else, the workshop will provide participants with a firm sense of how oral history might be applied as a core research methodology.