The development of modern oral history: transformations and challenges
May 30, 2012 19:00
The Netherlands Institute in Athens, Makri 11, 117 42 Athens
dr. Rob PERKS
Tel.: +30 210 9210760
Nuanced definitions of oral history have only emerged gradually over the past fifty years in several developmental stages. There have been four broad transformations or 'paradigm shifts'. Although the starting points and patterns of development for oral history have varied from one country to another, particular social and intellectual forces have shaped contemporary approaches to oral history and influenced oral historians around the world, forging the international oral history movement which we know today: with oral history in school and college syllabi around the world; used in countless community history projects; collected and interpreted in archives, museums and libraries; and debated at academic conferences.