Alessandro Portelli. Reflecting on a Life in Progress and the Stories of Oral History (Newcastle)

 

Launch of the Oral History Collective and Unit @ Newcastle

Wednesday 10 January, 5.30 pm
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building,
Newcastle University.

Professor Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature
Sapienza, University of Rome

Alessandro Portelli has played a leading role in transforming oral history. Through a number of key studies, he has promoted an appreciation of oral history as a literary genre that throws light on the significance of subjectivity in history. By interpreting the themes and structures of eyewitness testimony, Portelli has consistently demonstrated new ways of understanding memory.

In this lecture Portelli reflects on his work to date, illustrating his intellectual journey with reference to the stories of the personal, and historical, victories and defeats that have inspired his critical contribution.

Public Lecture
All welcome.
Admission free.

For more information: graham.smith@newcastle.ac.uk

Click here for the event poster. 

The Curtis auditorium is in the Herschel Building, just across the road from the Haymarket metro station and no. 17 on the campus map:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/abouttheuniversity/files/campus-map.pdf


Oral History Society vacancy – Trustee / Membership Officer

 

The Oral History Society is seeking to recruit a new trustee to fill the role of Membership Officer.

The main purpose of the role is to assist the Society in liaising with the subscription agency to gather membership data, respond to membership enquiries and help support the Society in developing their membership more widely.

The role would suit a highly organised individual with relevant experience in a similar role, with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, good IT skills and an interest in oral history. The ideal candidate will have the ability to engage with a wide range of audiences and the willingness to develop the Society’s membership base.

The role is voluntary and the time commitment is flexible; reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed; the successful applicant will have access to a mentor.

Closing date: Wednesday 31st January 2018, 5 p.m.

Please see here for role description and how to apply.


An Oral History of Oral History – where did it all start for you?

 

Oral History of Oral History is a collection of life story interviews with the pioneers and leaders of oral history in the UK. The interviews were mostly conducted by Robert Wilkinson and cover the technological, organisational and methodological changes within the discipline since the 1950s. 

Explore the Oral History of Oral History collection with Charlie Morgan, Archive and Administrative Assistant for National Life Stories, and find out how some well known figures of the field first got involved, in his blog here: http://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2017/12/an-oral-history-of-oral-history.html

 

 


Oral History Master’s program (Prague)

 

Department of Oral History – Contemporary History, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Admission to our Oral History – Contemporary History program is now open until July 31 2018.

Oral History – Contemporary History is a 2-year Master’s study program in a combined (part-time) form of study and as the name suggests, our program aims to educate students in contemporary history as well as in methodology of oral history.

Our department is a part of Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, and we also closely cooperate with the Oral History Centre at the Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

If you would like to know more about us, please visit our website:
http://oralhistory.fhs.cuni.cz/

Please also read our letter at this link.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!