LGBTQ Oral History Skills Sharing Session

A MATTER OF URGENCY: LGBTQ Oral History Skills Sharing Event

On Friday 22nd February 2019.  2pm-6pm

At Liverpool John Moores University. John Foster Building.

80-98 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5UZ (opposite the Catholic Cathedral).

Presented by the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group.

Entrance Fee: £10 (plus booking charge). Booking essential. Open to all.

Following the success of the Oral History Society’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group’s all day workshop in 2018 that addressed LGBTQ oral history practice and theory, the SIG will be holding a follow-up workshop in Liverpool on 22nd February  2019.

Members of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group have observed that, in many ways, LGBTQ oral history presents different challenges and involves different methods from other forms of oral history. In this workshop, we will interrogate why this may be the case.

One of the main aims of the oral history movement was to uncover stories from marginalised communities in an attempt to create a broader historical record from the bottom up. As members of one of those groups whose voices have been previously marginalised, LGBTQ oral historians are now exploring their past and retrieving stories which have never been told. Moreover, LGBTQ oral history has moved beyond being merely recovery history, and into rigorous theoretical and methodological frameworks that allow us to also take a critical and cutting edge approach to oral histories of LGBTQ people. But how do we collect a hidden heritage, and how can we document it before it is lost? We believe this to be A Matter of Urgency, and invite you to join us in this important and exciting discussion.

Topics being addressed at the LGBTQ Skills Sharing Event include:

Identifying the positioning of the interviewer in regard to the narratorPerceived advantages of an ‘insider’ perspective when working with LGBTQ oral histories.

Ethical approaches and considerationsConsent and ‘Shared Authority’. How close we are to our past oppression, and how do we share what we learn?

The interview process itself The formation of a narrative between two, or more, people. Assumptions we make. Coming out in that space.

Narrators who speak about HIV/AIDS – An interviewer’s experience.  

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Clare Summerskill, Chair of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group at

There will be an Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting in the morning (11am-1pm) also at the university. Members and non-members welcome. Please contact us if you need further details about this meeting

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