HIST233 - ORAL HISTORY

Description: 
From wax cylinders to reel-to-reel to digital video, recording technologies have dramatically expanded the historical profession. We will read classics in the field of oral history, including work by Studs Terkel, Barbara Myerhoff, and Luisa Passerini, as well as scholarly work aimed at specialized audiences. A central question will be the place of subjectivity in memory--how to best make subjectivity itself an "object" of intellectual inquiry. The course centers on methodology—students will learn about current ‘best practices’ in the field and will work toward creating an interview record that includes video and can be housed in an archive and accessed by other researchers. We will understand this interview record as a jointly-produced piece of intellectual property and we will explore ethical questions about joint authorship and the archiving of recorded interviews. Students in the course will have broad leeway in seeking out persons who may be interested in recording their memories, but the emphasis will be on working with people above the age of 70. Given an interdisciplinary set of readings, the course is appropriate for students with interests in a broad range of fields, including history, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, environmental studies, and literature. Latin American/Latino Studies and Gender Studies are given particular emphasis in shared readings.
Instructors: 
FARNSWORTH-ALVEAR, ANN
Day and Time: 
M 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 315A

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • GSWS233404
  • LALS233404