Ordinary, extraordinary: recording the stories of sex workers

2019-04-03 12:10 - 13:00
National Library of New Zealand
Address: 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Speaker: Caren Wilton

Title: Ordinary, extraordinary: recording the stories of sex workers

Author Caren Wilton discusses using oral history – ‘history from below’ – to document what can seem to be a secret or hidden world, and telling stories that are both extraordinary and ordinary. Her book My body, my Business, based on these interviews, was published in 2018

Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019
Time: 12:10 to 1:00pm
Cost: Free. Booking is not required
Venue: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
City: WELLINGTON
Contact Details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.n

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Caren Wilton’s book My body, my business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change (Otago University Press, 2018) is a collection of intimate portraits of New Zealand sex workers, based on her series of oral-history interviews carried out over a nine-year period. Here she discusses using oral history – ‘history from below’ – to document what can seem to be a secret or hidden world, and telling stories that are both extraordinary and ordinary.The book is illustrated with photographs taken by Madeleine Slavick, commissioned especially for this publication.
‘One thing I’d like to see is the recognition of sex workers as ordinary, sometimes rather extraordinary, people.’

Dame Catherine Healy: national coordinator, New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective

Public History Talks
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand.
They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month March to November.
Talks in this series are recorded and will be available online

Speaker biography:
Caren Wilton is an oral historian, writer and editor, and was the recipient of three New Zealand Oral History Awards for her series of interviews with sex workers. An editor at Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand for almost nine years, she is also a freelance book editor. She was the coordinator of an oral history project focusing on Upper Hutt in the 1960s for Upper Hutt City Library in 2015–16, and is the author of short-fiction collection The Heart Sutra (Otago University Press, 2003).

Cover of My body, my business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change by Caren Wilton, photographs by Madeleine Slavick (Otago University Press, 2018)

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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.

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    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
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    • 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

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    11. The relationship between memory and history

    12. Workshop exercise: finalizing your oral history project proposal

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    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.

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