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Insider/outsider debate questioned at OHS seminar

May 23, 2014 by


Louise Ryan, professor of sociology at Middlesex University, questioned the “insider” versus “outsider” debate in research on migrants, in the most recent Oral History Society and Institute of Historical Research seminar. She began her seminar by examining the notion of reflexivity and the dangers of research becoming “self-indulgent and narcissistic”. “Research can become a project […]

Oral History Society Statement on the Boston College Belfast Project, May 2014

May 19, 2014 by


 Oral History Society Statement on the Boston College Belfast Project, May 2014 The legal action taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to seize oral histories held by Boston College serves as a warning not only to oral historians, but to all those engaged in collecting historical data about criminal activity or allegations […]

Oral History Association response to developments in Boston College case

May 7, 2014 by


The Oral History Association (USA)’s response to the arrest of Gerry Adams and the Boston Tapes:  

Reblogged: Oral History and the Gerry Adams Case

May 2, 2014 by


Originally posted on bethancoupland:
The recent arrest of Gerry Adams is not only enormously significant to the stability of the peace process in Northern Ireland, it re-opens a number of questions as to the scope, purpose and ethical implications of oral history research. The Sinn Féin president is the latest individual to be questioned by…

Oral History Society Seminar: Performance art in Wales

February 17, 2014 by


Heike Roms, professor of performance studies at the University of Aberystwyth, led the most recent Oral History Society/Institute of Historical Research seminar in January where she discussed her creative approach to oral history interviews. Roms talked about her research into performance art in Wales between 1965 and 1979 where she has conducted more than 40 […]

Linda Shopes to speak at OHS conference

January 31, 2014 by


The 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 […]

Secrets From Belfast: Boston College’s oral history of the Troubles

January 27, 2014 by


Just a quick one to point out a fascinating article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about Boston College’s oral histories of IRA members. The article is online at