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Advanced Workshop: The interview relationship – challenges in the room

September 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Facilitators: Alistair Thomson and Francesco Ricatti (Monash University)

This participatory advanced workshop will focus on the challenges you have faced while conducting an oral history interview, and will consider how such issues might best be managed, or perhaps even avoided. Such challenges might include: working with reticent or effusive narrators; dealing with traumatic memories; managing interviews with couples or groups; interviewing across different languages; dealing with your own strong responses to the topic or the narrator; and more.

Participants will be asked to prepare for the workshop by reading a couple of assigned writings on the topic, and by posting a short scenario on a password protected website forum that will be open to all participants. The website forum will explain how to produce your scenario (which might include an interview extract). On the day two experienced oral history educators will outline key issues and approaches in conducting oral history interviews, and will use your scenarios as the basis for discussion, debate and advice. The workshop is intended to stretch your understandings of and approaches to conducting oral history interviews.

About the Facilitators

Francesco Ricatti is Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at Monash University, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Creative Humanities at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is an academic and creative writer with almost ten years of experience in developing, conducting and coordinating oral history projects with migrants. He is an experienced facilitator and teacher of oral history courses and workshops, and a member of the editorial board of the Oral History Australia Journal.

Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University. He is the President of Oral History Australia and was previously President of the International Oral History Association (2006-08); and Professor of Oral History at the University of Sussex. His oral history books include Anzac Memories (1994 and 2013), The Oral History Reader (1998, 2006, 2015 with Rob Perks), Ten Pound Poms (2006 with Jim Hammerton), Moving Stories (2011) and Oral History and Photography (2011 with Alex Freund). Al was Project Leader for the Australian Generations Oral History Project (a National Library of Australia, ABC Radio National and university partnership).

To register for this event, please secure your booking here.

Morning and afternoon tea are provided but you will need to either bring or purchase your own lunch.

OHV reserves the right to cancel this event in the case of unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be made.


September 1, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Emerald Hill Library
195 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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