The Oral History Review published another review of mine, this one on the SoMove Oral History Tour.
"As part activist and narrative professional networking event, part interview archive collection effort, and part oral history workshop, the SoMove Oral History Tour is a bricolage presentation of storytelling and oral history projects that aim to document both old and new social movements and organizations, presented through a binational road tour visiting cities across the US and Canada."
Read my review here.
Check out the notes for the Groundswell chat I co-facilitated in October with my colleagues Maggie Lemere and Zoë West about the Belfast Oral History Project case. Discussion description below:
A broad discussion about the Belfast Oral History Project. Questions we hope to explore in the chat include: How can we ensure protection to narrators when our promises of confidentiality are jeopardized by unchecked government surveillance and the threat of subpoenas? What are some practical measures we can take about confidentiality, both as individuals and as a community of oral historians? What does the Belfast case say to the public about oral history? Could the Belfast case make oral historians overly cautious? Should there be a distinct line between oral history and journalism? If so, where is that line and how does it influence the rights and obligations of the interviewee and the interviewer? What are the ethical responsibilities expected of oral historians when it comes to crimes revealed by interviewees? What are the implications of the Belfast case for doing oral history with activists and communities who engage in civil disobedience, direct action and/or armed resistance? How can the Belfast situation be turned into a positive for the oral history community?
My oral history partner in crime, Maggie Lemere, and I entered a National Geographic competition for our pending Wild Women: Oral Histories from Women on the Forefront of Wildlife Conservation project. If you're interested, check out our entry, email it, Tweet it, Facebook like it, Google+ it, all those things. Thanks for your support!
Where do we get the money to do the work we want to do? How do our funding strategies shape and/or reflect our politics and approaches?
Please join us for a local gathering of Groundswell in NYC, where we will discuss the politics and possibilities of funding our oral history and social justice work over happy hour drinks at Baby's All Right.
When: Tuesday, July 29, 6 PM
Where: 146 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211
RSVP: Zoe West, email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
I am co-facilitating a chat concerning the ethics of oral history online archiving. Please register through Groundswell if you're interested!
What are the benefits and risks of publicly available online archives for oral history interviews?
The internet can be a valuable tool in connecting the public to oral histories like never before, but like any tool, it has potential for misuse. During this chat, we hope to explore the practical and ethical issues behind the development and use of online archiving for oral history work. As oral historians, we can share key considerations we’ve had in developing an archive or concerns about what it takes to develop one in the future. As organizers and activists, we can reflect on how online archives influence and impact our ongoing campaigns and movements. As visitors to online archives, we can talk about our experiences in interacting with successful (or not so successful) online archives, and what we can take away from that.
Questions we will explore include: How can we make a more interactive and engaging online archive? What problems have we encountered in building or maintaining an online archive? What are the most important factors to consider in crafting interview release agreements for online archiving? If an interviewee did not agree to online archiving at the time of the interview because the method did not exist then, is it unethical to put the interview online? Can existing websites, such as Wikipedia, be a good repository for oral histories?
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00 pm
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Free event. Tickets required.
Tickets will be available on April 5, 2014 starting at 5pm at the Brooklyn Museum.
Created in collaboration with 651 ARTS, Brooklyn '63 features Brooklyn-based activists, witnesses and those who have inherited the legacy of a generation of civic action. The piece features Brooklyn residents who share their experiences and perspectives from the early labor movement, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Teachers Strike, the Downstate Medical Center protests led by Brooklyn CORE, the history of The East in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and a host of events and reminiscences that took place in Brownsville, Ft. Greene, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Williamsburg, Bushwick, and many places in between. Originally premiered at The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University in May 2013, Brooklyn '63 was also presented in three locations in Brooklyn as part of The BEAT Festival in September 2013. For more information about this show, click here.