This one-day conference will engage with the politics of protest from a methodological perspective, focusing on the challenges, advantages and pitfalls of personal testimony and oral history sources in research on social movements and contentious politics at large. It seeks to explore case studies from different decades and geographical areas, and representative of various forms and goals of collective action. Its aim is to bring together researchers of both historical and contemporary social movements coming from a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, memory studies, etc), on the one hand, and scholars of contentious politics and resistance more generally. The topic may be approached from both a practical and a thematic angle.
We invite people to submit proposals for presentations of 20-25 minutes. Papers should discuss the challenges/problems/additional value of oral history methodology in this type of research or present the outcomes of oral history interviews that have been performed as part of a research project.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
- the (dis)composure of individual and collective identities during the oral history interview
- the impact of external factors (e.g. sexuality, class, age and ethnicity) on the formation of subjectivities during the oral history interview
- the inter-subjective relation between narrator and listener
- ethics and legal issues
- talking about delicate topics such as political violence and sexual discrimination
- mutual trust and reliability
- authority and ‘possessive’ memory
- silences and competition
- intergenerational memory/transference of memories of protest
- the implementation of oral history research on contentious politics
Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Andrea Hajek (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline for submissions is Sunday 14 April 2013.
For more information: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/current/networks/oralhistory/julyconference/
For details on the Oral History Network: go.warwick.ac.uk/oralhistorynetwork
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