Launch of the third edition of The Oral History Reader

Rob Perks, director of National Life Stories at the British Library, and Al Thomson, professor of history at Monash University, will be celebrating the publication of the third edition of The Oral History Reader, an essential text for both scholars and practitioners, at the next oral history research seminar.

OH readerThis international anthology combines major, ‘classic’ articles such as Alessandro Portelli’s What makes oral history different, with new chapters by oral historians such as Doug Boyd, an expert in digital histories, and Orlando Figes, author of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia. The book, whose first edition was published in 1998, has 27 new chapters and includes new pieces on emotions and the senses, crisis oral history, current thinking around traumatic memory, the impact of digital mobile technologies, and how oral history is being used in public contexts, such as in museums and exhibitions.

The Reader also has more international examples than the previous editions, drawing in work from North and South America, Britain and Europe, Australasia, Asia and Africa.

Dr Perks and Prof Thomson will be discussing the editing process, the selection of texts and the changing face of oral history over the last 20 years in a seminar titled Transformations in oral history theory and practice: editing The Oral History Reader over two decades.

The seminar takes place on Monday December 14 at 6pm in Wolfson Room NB01, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU. Afterwards there will be opportunity for a glass of wine and further discussion. The seminar is free and all are welcome. Those who wish to purchase the book at the seminar will get a 20% discount.

For more information about the oral history research seminar series click here.