Oral History and the Media. Annual conference of the Oral History Society (Bournemouth)

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Date: 03/07/2020 - 04/07/2020
Time: All Day

Oral history and the media have an important but complex relationship. The media has long been a significant producer of, and outlet for, oral history. Classic radio and television productions like The Radio Ballads (1958-1964), Yesterday’s Witness (1969-1981), and The World at War (1973-4) pioneered the use of oral history in the broadcast media, whilst books such as Ronald Blythe’s Akenfield (1969) and Stud Terkel’s Hard Times (1970) did the same for print media, all giving voice to those who would otherwise have been excluded from both the media and the historical record. Since the 1980s, there has been growing use of oral history in TV, radio, print and digital media, with oral histories now forming an important and popular dimension of history and factual broadcasting and publishing. However, the process by which oral histories are mediated from orality to the media (or “transmediated”, to use Alessandro Portelli’s term), and the methodological, aesthetic, narrative, or ethical decisions behind these productions and outputs – such as who to interview, what questions to ask, and what parts of the interviews end of up on the “cutting room floor” – often remain hidden… Read more here

The conference call for papers is open until 20th December 2019.

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