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Reading/Discussion Group

Our reading groups

In addition to our once-termly research seminars (see Events page), we are pleased to offer a Reading/Discussion Group for postgraduate students and early career fellows who use (or wish to start using) oral history in their research.

We usually run two sessions per term: one joint session with Warwick's partner university, Monash, and one session with just the Warwick-based people. The sessions are friendly and informal in tone. They revolve around pre-set readings, a particular member's work-in-progress (conference papers, articles, chapters), general issues to do with experiences of using oral history, etc. The topics for discussion are chosen by the group members and reflect their diversity of interests and experiences.

Please email oralhistorynetwork@warwick.ac.uk or p.botcherby@warwick.ac.uk if you are interested and you will be added to our Teams space. Please do also get in touch with any questions.

Forthcoming Sessions

28.04.2021: Oral history and disability - joint session with Monash, chaired by Kirstie Neal

Zoom link TBA

Readings and preparatory questions:

Sally French & John Swain (2006) 'Telling stories for a politics of hope', Disability & Society, 21:5, 383-396, DOI: 10.1080/09687590600785654.

Claudia Malacrida (2006) Contested memories: efforts of the powerful to silence former inmates’ histories of life in an institution for ‘mental defectives’, Disability & Society, 21:5, 397-410, DOI: 10.1080/09687590600785720.

1. What value does oral history bring to disability history and other histories of marginalised groups?
2. How can oral history challenge traditional boundaries of access within institutions?
3. To what extent does oral history encourage and restrict the perspectives of Deaf and disabled people?
4. How can oral history be made more inclusive and accessible for researchers and interviewees when preparing/carrying out interviews?

Previous sessions

27.11.2021: Ethics and safeguarding in oral history - Warwick session

13.10.2021: Remote interviewing in oral history - Warwick session, chaired by Beckie Rutherford

12.08.2021: Ethics and safeguarding in oral history - joint session with Monash, with readings chosen by Carla Pascoe (Monash)

  • Pascoe Leahy, 'The afterlife of interviews: explicit ethics and subtle ethics in sensitive or distressing qualitative research', Qualitative Research, (2021)
  • Erin Jessee, 'Managing danger in oral history fieldwork', Oral History Review, 44:2 (2017), 322-347
  • Emma L Vickers, 'Unexpected trauma in oral interviewing', Oral History Review, 46:1 (2019), 134-141

22.06.2021: Reflexivity in interviewing - Warwick session, topics/readings chosen by Georgia Clancy 

  • Dodgson, 'Reflexivity in qualitative research', Journal of Human Lactation, 35:2 (2019), 220-222
  • Code, 'Is the sex of the knower epistemologically significant?', Metaphilosophy, 12 (1981), 267-276

06.05.2021: Queer and indigenous oral history - joint-session with Monash, with readings chosen by Sue Lemos (Warwick)

  • Murphy, Pierce, Ruiz, 'What makes queer oral history different', Oral History Review, 43:1 (2016), 1-24.
  • Nepia Mahuika, Rethinking Oral History and Tradition: An Indigenous Perspective, (Oxford University Press, 2019) - Chapter 6, 'Indigenous oral history method and practice'.

02.03.2021: inaugural "Warwick only" session

18.02.2021: inaugural joint-session with Monash

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