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PSN Video Chat: What can oral historians learn from the Belfast Oral History Project case?

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change

Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

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What can oral historians learn from the Belfast Oral History Project case?


Friday, October 24th

1:00 - 2:15pm EST

Co-Facilitators:
  • Cindy Choung, Independent Oral Historian and Media Maker; Groundswell Practitioner Support Network Working Group.
  • Maggie Lemere
  • Zoë West
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? 


Photo Info: Sinn Fein Protest, Downpatrick, against shooting death of PIRA man Colm Marks by the RUC, 1990s. Bobbie Hanvey, photographer. Image bh011750, Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College. This image is part of a series of images found at: hdl.handle.net/2345/1926

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Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change is an emerging and dynamic network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers, and documentary artists.  We use oral history and narrative in creative, effective and ethical ways to support movement building and transformative social change.  Groundswell’s mission is to build the creativity and power of social justice movements by providing mutual support, training, and resources in the practice of grassroots oral history.

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