Call for Papers: Special Issue on University Oral Histories

Posted on 19/11/2015 by


Call for Papers: Special Issue

Many universities founded in the 1960s are currently conducting oral history projects to mark their fiftieth anniversaries; even more universities have commissioned interviews as part of producing institutional histories. But how should oral history practitioners treat such material? What are the particular opportunities and challenges of conducting such oral history interviews? And what do these interviews tell us about the relationship between individuals and Higher Education institutions in the UK? Following a workshop held by the Warwick Oral History Network on university oral histories, we are seeking contributors for a proposed special issue bringing together oral history practitioners from a variety of disciplines to explore the key methodologies, insights, difficulties and potential of these growing collections and their place within the history of Higher Education institutions.

This special issue aims to explore both the practical and theoretical issues at stake with university oral histories. Contributors may reflect on any aspect of a university oral histories. Possible areas of discussion may include:

  • University oral histories as institutional history
  • Interviews and university oral histories – dynamics of interviews; methodological approaches in questioning; group interviews; co-production.
  • University oral history projects as teaching projects or pedagogy
  • Relationships between universities and local communities
  • Social change and universities
  • Global connections and modern universities

Contributions and cases studies from beyond the UK are also welcome.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a 300-word abstract to and by Monday 14 December 2015.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Angela Davis (University of Warwick)

Dr Grace Huxford (University of Bristol)