Our first test will cover the ethics, opportunities and responsibilities of doing Oral History.
In order to prepare for it, you should re-read our readings so far: Alessandro Portelli’s article on Oral History; the Oral History Best Practices article; the various consent forms, including our own; and the most recent article by Abrams.
All of these have been posted to LEA and remain accessible there. (You will not be tested on the readings from the textbook).
I expect you to be able to answer the following questions:
- How does oral history differ from other types of history?
- What are the advantages of doing oral history?
- What extra responsibilities does the historian agree to when the undertake oral history projects?
- Put otherwise: What ethical responsibilities does the oral historian have? (To the narrator? To the profession?)
- What makes a strong oral history interview?
- What rights does a narrator have?
- What is informed consent?
- What is intersubjectivity? (from Abrams’ perspective)