14-17 July 2022 Amsterdam Remote Workshops

2022-07-15 11:24 - 11:25

Mastering Oral History: 2 workshops

by Konstantinos D. Karatzas,PhD

Mastering Oral History: A Concise Guide

International Workshop

16 July or 18 July
Same workshop, different dates

(Please choose the day of your preference at the end of the page at: “Registration”)

Each day, there will be two groups (same workshop, different time).
Group 1:   11:oo am Amsterdam time (+UTC 2) for participants from Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia
Group 2:   19.00 pm Amsterdam time (+UTC 2) for participants from the American continent
Find your timezone here
(Participants may choose to attend either of the groups; timezones are set for convenience and they are not restrictive)

Course Facilitator:  Konstantinos D. Karatzas, PhD

The Idea

GIRES (Global Institute for Research, Education and Scholarship) and the Oral History & Digital Humanities Academy (ODA), committed to support the endeavors of the global scholarly community, offer a new workshop for those who wish to explore the fascinating discipline of oral history. Oral history is a highly significant source of information and in GIRES, we believe in the power of personal testimonies and that we ought to understand, explore, respect, and preserve history. Local history and oral testimonies can have a great magnitude and affect our understanding of the past. Global history is shaped by such clusters of information; personal stories can offer a clear view of past events, describe a forgotten reality, and even help us rewrite history. Despite if we consider such information important, oral history can be instrumental in the formation of collective memory and the shaping of national identities.

The Aim

Our workshop offers a step-by-step guide that will help you find your way through the maze of an oral history project. During the workshop you will learn about the essential tools and actions so you can organize, manage, and lead a successful project. We designed the workshop in a dynamic way so it can be beneficial for all participants despite their experience in such a field. Students, young scholars, independent researchers, and history, culture, and tradition enthusiasts are welcome in the friendly GIRES environment.

The Outcome

Participants will improve their academic skills, introduce oral history in their work, engage with oral tradition, and also record and preserve unwritten stories in a professional way. During the workshop we will explore all the techniques an oral historian uses and we will cover all the steps from beginning to end of a project. A substantial part of our workshop is dedicated to discussing your personal projects and through our Q&A you will find all the useful information that will improve your work. With more than 2,500 interviews in four countries (United States, Canada, Greece, and Spain) our facilitator will share his experiences and advice and through the dialogue he will try to answer all your questions. We hope that our workshop  we will help you create the project of your dreams!


-Framing a Project
-Organizing and Preparing
-Interviewing Techniques
-Essential Equipment and Software
-Voice and Video Recording
-Documentation and Legal Aspects
-Interviewer and Interviewee: Setting the Outline
-Note-Taking and Interview Basics
-Transcription, Indexing, and Citing Oral History
-Preserving and Protecting Material
-Disseminate your Project: Blogging and Sharing
-Oral History in Scholarly Projects: Dos and Don’ts
-Oral History in Education and Its Role in Memory Preservation

** Access credentials will be provided to registered participants one day prior to the workshop, noon (dutch time)**
** After the session, all participants will  be provided with the relevant material presented during the workshop via GIRES’ Asynchronous Platform that will remain open and accessible for 5 days**

**Due to the restrictions of the Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place virtually

RELATED WORKSHOP (17 or 19 July)

Advanced Oral History Training — Mastering the Interview: Techniques and Methods
A step-by-step training for remote and in-person interviewing techniques
More information HERE

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 1 day prior to the workshop(s) – July 15 and/or July 17
TYPES OF REGISTRATION: Early Bird registration by 12 July/ Regular registration after 12 July
ACCREDITATION: Official Certificate Issued by GIRES


Contact Info:

www.gires.org (Dr. Konstantinos D. Karatzas-Director & Chloe Matias, Communication Officer)

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