Talks & Workshops | Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory

The Oral History Master of Arts Program is pleased to announce the spring portion of its 2018-2019 workshop series: Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory

Oral history is a conversation about the past that takes place in the present and is oriented towards the future. How is this future orientation made real?

Oral history as a research practice, particularly in the United States, has been defined by a focus on recording and archiving in institutional repositories. But people can be archives too, and oral history-telling practices more broadly often depend on embodied memory, on person-to-person transmission. And because people have been formally recording and archiving oral histories for over seventy years, we are now living in the futures imagined by earlier generations of oral historians.

How do these voices from the past function in our present/their future?

February 21, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Dancing with THE MISSING GENERATION: centering trans oral histories
Sean Dorsey

February 28, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
“The Sounds of Blackness: Space and Sound Preservation as Oral History Advocacy”
Nishani Frazier

March 7, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
The Mountain with Two Wives: Landscape and Embodied Memory in Kathmandu
Ellen Coon

March 14, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Say It Forward: Art and Social Justice
Voice of Witness

April 4, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Oral History and Archives: Voice, Storytelling, and Narrative in Historical Research
Samuel J. Redman

April 11, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
‘Chasing Our Mob in the Archives’: the restorative process of reclaiming, reconnecting, re-storying, and reframing family and cultural materials in the archives
Lorina Barker

Learn more about the workshop series and where each workshop will be held by visiting OHMA’s workshop listings.