1 May 2019 Origin stories and Pākehā intergenerational family memory

1 May 2019 from 4.10 pm – 5.30 pm
Stout Research Centre Seminar Room, 12 Waiteata Rd, Kelburn

Family Seminar Series

Presenter: Anna Green

When asked about their family past, where do Pākehā families choose to begin? Origin stories are widely perceived to exert considerable power and emotional traction in the narrative construction of both collective and personal identities in the present. In this presentation I want to explore two kinds of ‘origin stories’ evident in my current Marsden-funded research into Pākehā intergenerational family memory. The first story might be characterized as ‘from the outside in’, and the second as ‘from the inside out’. I will draw upon the oral history interviews conducted over the past three years with sixty multigenerational families, throughout the country, whose European forebears arrived in New Zealand between the 1830s and the onset of the First World War in 1914. How did our participants begin their family stories, and which origin story might be the most powerful in the creation of personal narrative identities?

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Anna Green is an Associate Professor in the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Her current research focuses upon family memory, and recent publications include ‘Who Do You Think You Are? The Family in Public History’ in What is Public History Globally (2019); and ‘Intergenerational Family Memory and Historical Consciousness’ in Contemplating Historical Consciousness (2019).

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    The Winter School in Advanced Oral History is designed for members of the public and postgraduate students who are thinking about or starting a research project that includes oral history interviews. The course will benefit those with previous oral history or qualitative interview experience who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge of the field, and those interested in recording, understanding and contextualising family memories.

    You will examine different approaches to oral history including those based upon Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori and learn the steps required to construct a methodologically robust, ethical oral history research proposal. As you progress, you will discuss how to frame the research goals, find the interview cohort, choose an interview format, and contextualise your material.

    By the end of the course you will have learned about different research methods and formulated a draft oral history research proposal. There will also be the opportunity to discuss possible forms of publication.

    A limited number of Māori, Pasifika and financial hardship scholarships are available – see the application form for details on how to apply.

    Scholarship applications close Monday 15 July
    Notification of decision Monday 29 July

    Course Objectives:

    • Formulate an oral history research proposal

    • Learn about different research methods and modes of analysis

    • Be introduced to Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori approaches to oral history

    • Consider the relationship between memory and history

    Recommended Reading List:

    • Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, eds, The Oral History Reader, 2nd ed (Routledge, 2006).

    • Anna Green and Megan Hutching, eds, Remembering: Writing Oral History (Auckland University Press, 2004).

    Course Outline:

    DAY ONE

    1. Introduction: What do we know about memory/remembering?

    2. What is oral history? Approaches and debates

    3. Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori approaches to oral history

    4. Framing the purpose and goals of your oral history project

    5. Who do I want to interview and how do I find them?

    6. Workshop exercise: drafting part one of proposal

    DAY TWO

    7. The recorded interview and interview questions

    8. Ethics: agreement and consent

    9. Analysis: social and cultural historical context

    10. Analysis: narrative form

    11. The relationship between memory and history

    12. Workshop exercise: finalizing your oral history project proposal

    Facilitators:

    The course will be collaboratively taught by Associate Professor Anna Green, Stout Research Centre; Dr Arini Loader History programme, Victoria University of Wellington; and public historian Megan Hutching.

    A nna Green

    Associate Professor Anna Green is a member of the Stout Research Centre in New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Oral history and the relationship between memory and history have been at the centre of her research and publications, with a focus upon working lives and communities, environmental disaster, and the family. Her current Marsden researc​_h project on Pākehā intergenerational family memory is entitled ‘The Missing Link’.

    Arini Loader

    Dr Arini Loader is a lecturer in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. She specialises in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Her current research projects include a collaborative project with Dr Michael Ross on a collection of waiata (song) texts written by Māori taken prisoner following the battle of Rangiriri in the New Zealand Wars.

    Megan Hutching

    Megan Hutching is a freelance historian and oral historian with over 25 years’ experience in these fields. Her recent oral history work includes commissioned oral history projects for the New Zealand Association of Women Judges, and Engineering NZ, as well as a number of life history interviews for families. Personal oral history projects include the Auckland harbour bridge, and the domestic lives of New Zealand women in the mid-twentieth century.

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