Winter School in Advanced Oral History

Description

Applying for this course:
If you would like to apply for a place on this course, please register your interest here. You will be sent an email confirming your registration.  Please read the "Special Instructions" section, complete the questionnaire attached to the email, and return it to conted@vuw.ac.nz

Once received, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted if successful. PLEASE NOTE: Your place on the programme is not secured until you have paid the $450 course fee. A limited number of scholarships are available - see the application form for details.

Applications close Monday 15 July.
Notification of decision week following Monday 29 July.

Overview
The Winter School in Advanced Oral History is designed for members of the public and postgraduate students who are thinking about or starting a research project that includes oral history interviews. The course will benefit those with previous oral history or qualitative interview experience who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge of the field, and those interested in recording, understanding and contextualising family memories.

You will examine different approaches to oral history including those based upon Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori and you will learn the steps required to construct a methodologically robust, ethical oral history research proposal. As you progress, you will discuss how to frame the research goals, find the interview cohort, choose an interview format, and contextualise your material.

By the end of the course you will have learned about different research methods and formulated a draft oral history research proposal. There will also be the opportunity to discuss possible forms of publication.

Pre-course activity:
Two short chapters should be read before start of course:

  • Anna Green and Kathleen Troup, The houses of History, 2nd ed. (Manchester University Press, 2016), chapter 14 ‘Oral History’.
  • Aroha Harris, ‘The Meaning of Methodology and Why It Is Important’ http://www.rangahau.co.nz/methodology/58/.

 Recommended reading list:

  • Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, eds, The Oral History Reader, 2nd ed (Routledge, 2006).
  • Anna Green and Megan Hutching, eds, Remembering: Writing Oral History (Auckland University Press, 2004).

Target audience:
This course is designed for members of the public and postgraduate students who are thinking about or starting a research project that includes oral history interviews. The course will benefit those with previous oral history or qualitative interview experience who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge of the field, and those interested in recording, understanding and contextualising family memories.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course you will have:

  • Formulated an oral history research proposal
  • Learned about different research methods and modes of analysis
  • Introduced to Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori approaches to oral history
  • Considered the relationship between memory and history

Course outline:
DAY ONE

  • Introduction: What do we know about memory/remembering?
  • What is oral history? Approaches and debates
  • Mātauranga Māori/Kaupapa Māori approaches to oral history
  • Framing the purpose and goals of your oral history project
  • Who do I want to interview and how do I find them?
  • Workshop exercise: drafting part one of proposal

DAY TWO

  • The recorded interview and interview questions
  • Ethics: agreement and consent
  • Analysis:  social and cultural historical context
  • Analysis: narrative form
  • The relationship between memory and history
  • Workshop exercise: finalizing your oral history project proposal

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.  Lunch is not included.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or to purchase it from nearby food outlets.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.

Teacher(s):
Anna Green
Associate Professor Anna Green is a member of the Stout Research Centre in New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Oral history and the relationship between memory and history have been at the centre of her research and publications, with a focus upon working lives and communities, environmental disaster, and the family. Her current Marsden research project on Pākehā intergenerational family memory is entitled ‘The Missing Link’.

Arini Loader
Dr Arini Loader is a lecturer in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. She specialises in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Her current research projects include a collaborative project with Dr Michael Ross on a collection of waiata (song) texts written by Māori taken prisoner following the battle of Rangiriri in the New Zealand Wars.

Megan Hutching
Megan Hutching is a freelance historian and oral historian with over 25 years’ experience in these fields.  Her recent oral history work includes commissioned oral history projects for the New Zealand Association of Women Judges, and Engineering NZ, as well as a number of life history interviews for families. Personal oral history projects include the Auckland harbour bridge, and the domestic lives of New Zealand women in the mid-twentieth century.

Relevant links:
Stout Research Centre
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations
Megan Hutching

For Further Information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.