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Wednesday 24 February 2021, 16.30-18.00, via MS Teams:
Part of the University of Warwick's History Department's Seminar Series

Speaker: Sara Bamdad, University of Liverpool
Chair: Rosie Doyle, University of Warwick & Co-Director of Warwick Oral History Network
Discussant: Grace Redhead, University of Warwick

Building on notions of the ‘ethnographic self’ and the ‘ethnographic other’, this talk casts light on the complexities of conducting interviews in clinical settings. It problematises the positionality of the researcher where local politics intersects with global flows of medical knowledge and technology. It is based on Sara's one-year ethnographic fieldwork in an infertility treatment clinic in Iran, where she was a researcher with a Western university affiliation. The West has a long history of interfering in Iran’s internal affairs. The talk contributes to better understanding the role of a researcher who translates their culture for an outsider and highlights the examination of the local in conjunction with the global.

Sara Bamdad
Sara's thesis, The Everyday Life of Gender, Religion and Medicine: An Ethnography of an Infertility Clinic in Iran, was successfully defended March 2019. Sara was self-funded through part-time teaching and research assistance in the department, with support latterly from BfWG and Warwick Graduate School, and co-supervised by Professor Deborah Steinberg and then Dr Maria do Mar Pereira. Before moving to Liverpool, Sara was awarded an IAS Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick and then a post-doc Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC), at the University of Kent, researching barriers to access to reproductive healthcare in South Africa.

Grace Redhead
Grace is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick. Grace is working on the project 'Identity, citizenship and sickle cell anaemia in the postcolonial National Health Service', developing her doctoral research. Grace's research interests include histories of activism, genetic medicine, the British welfare state and oral history methodologies. She completed my PhD at University College London in 2019, and before entering academia worked in health information and policy at Cancer Research UK.

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Previous events

Since launching in June 2011, the OHN has put on a wide variety of talks and seminars.


  • 26 October: 'Injustice: Stories from Post-Independence Africa', with Tanyaradzwa Kasinganeti, Teejae Mai, Temi 'Tori Talks' Toriola, and Evan Mawarire


  • 11 June: Online launch of 'Then & Now: Arts at Warwick', via Microsoft Teams - click here to watch again!
  • 28 January: 'Interviewing local NGOs and migrants: collecting data in the context of Central American migration in Mexico', with Erika Herrera-Rosales
  • 15 October: 'Queering the British Library', with Steven Dryden (British Library). Joint event with Queer History Warwick and The Library.


  • 29 May: 'Les raconteuses du Levant: untold stories of female Hakawatis and the challenges they pose to sustainable development discourse in the Arab-speaking world', with Prof. Cathia Jenainati
  • 6 March: 'Taking slices from their lives: the challenges of using life history as a research instrument/method', with Dr. Olayinka Egbokhare
  • 4 December: 'Working with memory to avoid repeating the horror', with Maria Luisa Ortiz


  • 2 July: Seminar: 'Muslim Mothers in Britain', with Dr. Sariya Cheruvallil
  • 21 February: Workshop: Hidden Stories of 21st Century Latin America and the Caribbean', organised by Dr. Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla.
  • November: 'Oral History Week'
    • 14 November: 'The Place of Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Birth Attendants and Choices about childbirth in C20 Uganda', with Dr. Kathleen Vongsathorn.
    • 15 November: 'Relaunch of the Oral History Network', with Dr. Angela Davis, Dr. Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla, Dr. Kathleen Vongsathorn, and Prof. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes.
    • 16 November: The Vietnamese diaspora in Australia: Dr. Nathalie Nguyen in discussion


  • 3 Virtual Q&A sessions to discuss aspects of oral history theory and practice.


  • 26 June: Workshop: 'University Oral Histories: Creating and Interpreting Narratives of Higher Education', with Dr. Camilla Schofield, Dr. Lorraine Blakemore, and Dr. Richard Wallace.
  • 17 June: Oral History Clinic, with Dr. Angela Davis.

  • 18 May: Discussion Forum: 'Analysis and Interpretation' with Dr. Andrea Hajek.
  • 25 February: Seminar: 'Starting an Oral History Project' with Dr. Carmen Mangion and Dr. Richard Wallace.
  • 3 December: Discussion Forum: 'Oral History: the Basics' with Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Grace Huxford.


  • 12 March: Seminar: '“You are here to interview me?” Oral history and writing the history of everyday life in the Holocaust', with Anna Hajkova.
  • 5 February: Seminar: 'Oral history crossing national boundaries: investigating belief and non-belief in three European countries', with Joanna Bornat.
  • 9 November: Conference: 'Representing Prisoner of War Experience', with Keynote Speakers: Prof. Bob Moore and Dr. Gilly Carr.
  • 20 September: Conference: 'Talking about protest: oral history methodology in social and political movements research', with Keynote Speaker: Prof. Lynn Abrams.


  • 3 June: Webinar: 'Oral history & ethnography', in collaboration with Monash University.
  • 12 March: Seminar: 'Oral history & institutional history - the Warwick project 'The Voice of the Past' (part 2)', with April Gallwey.
  • 22 November: Seminar: 'Oral history & institutional history - the Warwick project 'The Voice of the Past' (part 1)', with Richard Aldrich.


  • 9 July: Seminar: 'Oral history & the community', with Stacey Bains, Helen Ford, and Colin Hyde.
  • 24 February: IAS workshop: 'Narrating a Gendered Self in Post-War Britain'
  • 24 November: Conference: 'Gender, Subjectivity and Oral History', with Keynote Speaker: Professor Penny Summerfield.
  • 13 October: Seminar: 'What is oral history?', with Anna Davin.

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