Archive: August, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Call for Papers

Democratizing history in conflicted and post-conflict settings


Thematic panel for the

International Oral History Association Conference

July 9-12, 2014

Barcelona, Spain


Deadline: September 5, 2013 to meet the IOHA’s September 15th deadline

Organizers: Catherine Baker, University of Hull, UK & Erin Jessee, University of British Columbia, Canada (more…)

Official Launch: Special issue of Oral History Forum d’histoire orale on “Confronting Mass Atrocities,” co-edited by Erin Jessee and Annie Pohlman

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

cover_issue_46_en_USThis morning, the Oral History Forum d’histoire orale launched its special issue on “Confronting Mass Atrocities,” co-edited by myself and Annie Pohlman. The special issue is being published online on a rolling basis and access is free. Thus far, it includes Introduction – Confronting Mass Atrocities in Oral Historical Practice by Annie and I, which explains the impetus for the special issue and provides a brief summary of the different contributions. Next, John Roosa‘s article Who Knows? Oral History Methods in the Study of the Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia assesses the contributions made by oral historians over the past two decades to our understanding of the massacres of Leftists in Indonesia following a military coup in October 1965. Then, Annie Pohlman considers the risks involved in carrying out oral history research on these events in present-day Indonesia in Telling Stories about Torture in Indonesia: Managing Risk in a Culture of Impunity. We’ve also included two book reviews. Catherine Baker evaluates Jenny Edkin’s Missing: Persons and Politics, which brings together oral historical and archived narratives related to the impact of missing persons’ disappeared in the course of war and mass atrocities, as well as everyday events, on surviving family members and friends. Sarah Watkins then reviews Jennie Burnet’s Genocide lives in us: Women, memory and silence in Rwanda, a rare and timely ethnographic study on post-genocide Rwanda. (more…)

Oral History Association annual meeting programme now available online!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Oral History Association

The full programme for the upcoming Oral History Association annual meeting is now available online, and I thrilled to report that the panel I’ve co-organized with Sarah Watkins on “Oral Historical Research in Rwanda: Intergenerational, Cross-Cultural Perspectives” has been accepted, and Sean Field of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa will be serving as our commentator and chair. In addition, I’m serving as a discussant on Julie Levitt’s fascinating panel on “The effects of interviewing on the interviewer.” Both panels should make for some fascinating conversations!


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