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Happy New Year from your OHR Editors

By Janneken Smucker, Abigail Perkiss, and David Caruso, co-editors After a winter break and the turning of a new calendar year, we are back at the Oral History Review blog, eager to share the latest research and news related to the oral history community. During the past year we’ve been preparing for a big transition, […]

Voices from the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project

Oral history provides the opportunity to explore intersubjectivity and positionality. Here, Daniel Clarkson Fisher shares his work with the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project centered in Toronto. The moving video excerpts from interviews below demonstrate shared authority in practice. By Daniel Clarkson Fisher During the 1970s, North America became home to thousands of new immigrants […]

Author interview: Emma Vickers on Unexpected Trauma in Oral History Interviews

In her recent OHR article, “Unexpected Trauma in Oral Interviewing,” Emma Vickers argues that oral historians can draw on psychoanalytic theories to better equip for unexpected trauma in interviews. Here, she answers a few of our questions about ways to navigate trauma when interviewing. Can you explain what you mean by “unexpected trauma” in the […]

Listening again, digging deeper, & hearing moral injury

The authors of the recently published article “Oral History, Moral Injury, and Vietnam Veterans,” available online, share their thoughts on and experiences with “moral injury.”  By Philip F. Napoli, with contributions from Thomas Brinson, Neil Kenny, and Joan Furey. As part of the research for my book, Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History […]

Listening Beyond the Sound Bites of Guantánamo Bay

Founder of Witness to Guantánamo, Peter Jan Honigsberg shares in this guest post, the origins and significance of this project that documents the experiences of those who have worked, lived, or were detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. By Peter Jan Honigsberg Witness to Guantánamo’s mission is to document on film the stories of people who have lived […]

Oral History, Radical Honesty and #metoo in our Challenging Times: Reflections on this Year’s Annual Meeting

Anna Sheftel reflects on the Oral History Association’s Annual Meeting that was held October 11-14th in Montreal, Canada By Anna Sheftel In my recently published article for the Oral History Review, “Talking and Not Talking about Violence: Challenges in Interviewing Survivors of Atrocity as Whole People”, for the special section, Inside the Interview: The Challenges of a […]

Inside the Interview

Hot off the presses, the new OHR features a special section, Inside the Interview: The Challenges of a Humanistic Oral History Approach in the Deep Exchange of Oral History, co-edited by Andrea Hajek and Sofia Serenelli. Here, Hajek shares its origins and themes. By Andrea Hajek The idea behind this special section originated during a series of oral […]

OHR Conversations: Carrie Hamilton on Animal Studies and Oral History

In this installment of Oral History Review’s OHR Conversations, independent scholar Carrie Hamilton discusses ways in which the sub-fields of oral history and Animal Studies can inform one another, drawing from her article published in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue, “Animal Stories and Oral History: Witnessing and Mourning across the Species Divide.”   Listen to audio […]

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