New Perspectives in/on Oral History and Memory


22.11.2019 klo 12.00 - 15.00
Oral history refers to a research field that focuses on memory as a subjective, communicative, and social faculty with a radical emancipatory potential. Moreover, oral history refers to practices of generating historical information by means of interviewing and to interpretations of history based on this information. As a field, oral history research has already reached the status of an established multidisciplinary enterprise. Considering the radical and critical roots of oral history, however, critical interrogations of its premises – such as its strong emphasis on verbal and textual dimensions of memory and its position vis-à-vis various other related disciplines (e.g. memory studies, queer history) – remain scarce. This seminar organized by Selma and the Academy of Finland post-doctoral project Memory Unchained (SA 308661) will focus on new perspectives in and on oral history and memory from various methodological and disciplinary perspectives.

12.00–12.15 Anne Heimo: Introduction

12.15–12.45 Tuula Juvonen: Different Means to Conduct Oral History Interviews

12.45–13.15 Riikka Taavetti: Frictions and Connections between Queer History and Oral History

Coffee break

13.30–14.00 Josephine Hoegaerts: Voices that Matter? On the Emancipatory Potential of Uncovering and Analysing the ‘Materiality’ of Voice

14.00–14.30 Ulla Savolainen: Modes, Mediums, and Ideologies of Memory

14.30–15.00 Discussion