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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 […]

5 Questions About: The Oral History Reader

  We’ve asked authors of books that were recently reviewed in the Oral History Review to answer 5 questions about why we should read them. In our latest installment of the series, Alistair Thomson discusses The Oral History Reader which he co-edited alongside Robert Perks. Read the review by Sarah Milligan in OHR. What’s it about and why does it […]

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 […]

Decentering and Decolonizing Feminist Oral Histories: Reflections on the State of the Field in the Early Twenty-First Century

OHR Guest Editors Katrina Srigley and Stacey Zembrzycki reflect on the origins of their new book, Beyond Women’s Words, and a special section of the OHR they co-edited, both of which are rooted in feminist oral history practices. The post also previews upcoming sessions at the Oral History Association’s annual meeting related to this work. By Katrina Srigley […]

Oral History’s Role in Preserving Palestinian History

In this week’s post, Rosemarie Esber discusses how oral history has served a vital role in preserving Palestinian voices during the post-1948 period. Here she recounts some of her experiences interviewing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. By Rosemarie M. Esber From cutting funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)—which provides 5 million Palestinian […]

40 Stories for 40 Years of Whitman-Walker Health

This week we’ll hear from Hannah Byrne about her experiences in helping document the role of Whitman-Walker Health in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ community in Washington, D.C. for their 40th anniversary By Hannah Byrne I joined Whitman-Walker Health on a grant-funded project to collect oral histories on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and Washington, D.C. in […]

Diagnosing Public Health Crises: What We Can Learn About Ebola from Oral History

In this post, public health journalist Katherina Thomas contemplates the power of oral history to not only document a public health crisis, but also create greater understanding about health inequities by empowering communities and allowing those too frequently silenced to share their stories. By Katherina Thomas Last week, as the Democratic Republic of Congo declared a […]

Transcribing Woes of Disabled Oral Historians

In this guest post, public history graduate student Grant Stoner reflects on the difficulties of oral history transcription for individuals with physical disabilities, challenging us to consider issues of accessibility within oral history methodology, while noting the limitations of digital technologies. By Grant Stoner During my first semester as a graduate student in the Public […]

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As we at the Oral History Review continue to expand our online initiatives, we’d like to hear from you about how we can best use this blog platform. Do you have ideas for posts relevant to the oral history community and discipline? Who should we talk to? Do you want to guest post for us? […]

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