8-9 February 2020 International Conference on Oral History – London

2020-02-08 - 2020-02-09 All day
Time: February 8, 2020 to February 9, 2020
Location: University of London
Organized By: London Centre for Interdisciplinary ResearchEvent Description:
For decades, oral history was considered less than scholarly, leading to its exclusion from several history books; thus valuable first-hand experiences and information that could alter historical truth were neglected and ultimately lost to oblivion. Our conference wishes to challenge the pervading view that oral testimony can lead to false representation of historical events and underline the significant support it can provide to historical research, especially in lieu of written documentation.
The journey of a memory through time may change, transform or even become distorted from its primary form. Oral testimony requires a multilevel examination and verification so it can be considered legitimate and useful as historical information, but despite these difficulties, oral tradition can have the power to present an entirely new perspective on an event, future generations can then interpret it freely.
The conference will focus on the connections between oral history, collective memory, and individual memory. Whether from a historical, social, or even psychological perspective, we wish to engage scholars in a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach in order to deeply explore all aspects of this valuable and fascinating area. We are committed to creating a welcoming space for discussion, collaboration, and exploration of oral history’s potential as a tool for local, national and international projects that would enrich and even revise chapters of history.


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    For more information about TOHA and the conference, please visit www.baylor.edu/toha/2021conference. Also, follow us on Twitter (@TxOralHist) and Facebook (Texas Oral History Association) for news and updates.

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    These events are open to all. You can use this quick survey to let us know how we could make these events more accessible for you. Note that we are able to provide ASL interpretation for any event, but need two weeks' notice. Please contact Rebecca McGilveray at rlm2203@columbia.edu with specific access requests or questions.

    With the permission of the speaker(s), we record these events to share on our YouTube channel. However, in accordance with an oral history practice of ongoing consent, we invite speakers to make decisions about how to share their recording after their event is completed, so we cannot guarantee that any event recording will be made public.


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