Oral history could not exist without storytelling. Oral histories are always full of stories, often stories that have been handed down, passed around, honed through performance. And as we seek to amplify oral histories, the storytelling arts become crucial tools in the oral historian’s toolbox. Yet academic oral history has often defined itself in contrast to storytelling and to oral traditions.
In this series, we will explore the relationships between oral history and storytelling. As a practice that values life experiences that cannot be contained in tidy stories, what can oral history offer in a moment when storytelling is ubiquitous in the public sphere? How can a focus on storytelling illuminate the performative, creative, social, and cultural aspects of oral history that are not always prioritized in its practice?
Check out the list of our Fall workshops and a sneak preview of the Spring events!
Schedule at a Glance
September 12, 2019
Europe according to Auschwitz: Experiments from the Laboratory of Reportage
September 19, 2019
Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City
October 3, 2019
Finding Fathers: A Cautionary Tale for Oral Historians
October 24, 2019
Standing With Sky Woman: A conversation on cultural fluency