Oral History: Theory and Method
Thursday 9th November 2017, 9.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Life Sciences Building, University of Liverpool
Instructors: Andrew Redden and Dan Warner
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 Liverpool 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.
To register, go to: http://payments.liv.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/events-at-liverpool/school-of-histories-languages-and-cultures/oral-history-theory-and-practice-day-workshop-5-credit-module-hist602