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Advanced Workshop 2A: Writing Oral History: Editing and Using Interview Transcripts for Publication

Oral History Victoria

Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)

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OHV member (individual or institutional)   more info 01/09/2017 $60.00 $0.00
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Non-member Concession/Student (includes OHV membership)   more info 02/09/2017 $50.00 $0.00
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Non-Member Student/Concession   more info 02/09/2017 $100.00 $0.00

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Writing Oral History: Editing and Using Interview Transcripts for Publication

Facilitator: Alistair Thomson

In this audio-visual age, it’s easy to forget that oral historians often use interviews in written formats. This day workshop will focus on creating text-based outputs from oral history interviews.

In the morning we will explore and discuss the range of ways in which oral history interviews are used in text-based outputs: from testimony books or websites that reproduce edited interviews with one or more narrators; through history books or journal articles that incorporate extracts from interview transcripts as evidence, case study or illustration within an authorial narrative; to text panels in museum exhibitions that use interview extracts with or without a curator’s interpretation. We’ll consider examples from Al’s oral history publications, and participants are encouraged to bring and discuss examples from their own work. We will note how new technologies are enabling new types of production that combine text and audio (and audio-visuals), and the opportunities and challenges posed by 21st-century innovations.

In the afternoon, we’ll note some basic guidelines (and some enduring controversies) about creating verbatim transcripts, before focusing on approaches and issues in editing transcripts for publication. Each participant will edit a transcript extract in class (either an extract they bring or one provided by Al) and we will discuss editorial aims, processes and decisions. By the end of the day you will have enhanced your understanding and skills in writing with oral history.

About the Facilitator: Alistair Thomson has been teaching oral history since the 1980s, and is currently Professor of History at Monash University and President of Oral History Victoria. His oral history books include: Anzac Memories (1994 and 2013), The Oral History Reader (1998, 2006 and 2015 with Rob Perks), Ten Pound Poms: Australia’s Invisible Migrants (2005, with Jim Hammerton), Moving Stories: an intimate history of four women across two countries (2011), Oral History and Photography (2011, with Alexander Freund) and Australian Lives: An Intimate History (2017, with Anisa Puri). Website: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/alistair-thomson/

Morning and afternoon tea are provided but you will need to either bring or purchase your own lunch. 

OHV reserves the right to cancel this event in the case of unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be made. Otherwise OHV maintains a strict ‘no refund’ policy.

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Emerald Hill Library
195 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)


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A non-profit organisation formed in 1982, Oral History Victoria is the state branch of Oral History Australia which was formed in 1978.

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