Linda Shopes to speak at OHS conference

Posted on 31/01/2014 by


linda2The Oral History Society is delighted to announce that Linda Shopes (right) will be one of the keynote speakers at its annual conference, Community Voices: Oral History on the Ground. We will announce details of the second keynote speaker soon.

Shopes is an independent consultant in oral and public history in the United States and has worked as a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and early in her career, as a school teacher.

Shopes has more than three decades of experience in oral history including interviewing, project organisation and management, and the use and interpretation of oral history in publications and other media.  She has also helped develop the Oral History Association’s principles and best practices for oral history; and is a past president of the association.

Among her publications are Oral History and Public Memories, co-edited with Paula Hamilton (2008); and “Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History,” in Handbook of Oral History. Shopes has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s annual oral history institute since 1995 and currently teaches oral history in Goucher College’s Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability programme.

The organisers of the conference, being held in association with Manchester Metropolitan University, believe that Shopes’ experience in community oral history, academia and schools make her an excellent addition to what is shaping up to be a fascinating event. As well as papers the conference will include workshops on equipment and funding (among others), as well as the annual general meeting of the OHS.

The conference will take place on 18th to 19th July. We hope to publish the programme and booking form soon so please keep an eye on our conference page here. If you would like to receive our newsletter with further updates please email