Managing Danger in Oral Historical Fieldwork
This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the literature on anticipating and managing danger in qualitative fieldwork as it pertains to the practice of oral history both in relatively benign and in overtly hostile settings. It offers an alternative perspective to the widespread assumption that oral history is an inherently positive endeavour that results in good relationships and positive outcomes, and explores some of the circumstances through which danger can emerge in the course of oral historical fieldwork. It also offers preliminary recommendations for anticipating and managing these forms of harm as it relates to different stages in the fieldwork process, including
(a) pre-fieldwork research design and ethics approval
(b) the recruitment and interview phase
(c) analysis and dissemination aimed at informing academic and public audiences.
6th September 2017
Dr. Erin Jessee
Location: Room G.05, 50 George Square, The University of Edinburgh, EH8 9YJ
The target audience for this workshop includes academics (particularly oral historians, but also anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and others who use qualitative methods as part of their research in the humanities), human rights professionals, and government officials who are interested in using oral historical methods in potentially dangerous settings, whether at home or abroad. Ideally, they should have an introductory knowledge of oral history as a field, though the workshop will be tailored for a broad audience that includes newcomers (particularly postgraduate students), as well as more advanced practitioners of oral history.
The course will be run by Dr. Erin Jessee, a lecturer with the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She has a decade of experience conducting oral historical fieldwork in conflict and post-conflict settings, most notably Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Uganda. She teaches courses on Oral History Theory and Practice and Advanced Oral History, and since 2013 has served on the Board of Editors for the Oral History Review. In addition, she has published several peer-reviewed articles with notable journals such as Memory Studies, Conflict and Society, Oral History Review, Forensic Science International, History in Africa, and Forum: Qualitative Social Research, and has recently published a book, Negotiating Genocide in Rwanda: The Politics of History, with Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Oral History series.
All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.
Cancellation Policy: Please be reminded that you will be charged the full registration fee if you cancel your place within 4 weeks before the training delivery date or you fail to attend.
If you are able to fill the place on the course you are cancelling then the cancellation charge will not apply.