Oral History Project

Christ Church is offering a project for Year 12 state school students in the North East who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This project will offer students the opportunity to explore beyond the school curriculum and conduct their own research outside of school. The research will be centred on oral history, an exciting way of exploring history that recovers experiences and perspectives that are often otherwise overlooked. Everyone has a story to tell, and this project focuses on stories about migration.

We ask students to conduct an interview with a member of their local community about their experiences of migration. They should then submit a short essay, summarising their findings. A group of students will then be selected to discuss their research in group tutorial sessions with an Oxford historian, in the North East, in spring.

Applications are now open, just fill out the form attached. Teachers should then email application forms to access@chch.ox.ac.uk by Friday 28 February 2020

If you would like to read more about the subject, have a look at the reading list below:

- Alistair Thomson, 'Memory and Remembering in Oral History', in the Oxford Handbook of Oral History, ed. Donald Ritchie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 77-95.

- Yvette J. Kopijn, “The Oral History Interview in a Cross-Cultural Setting: An Analysis of Its Linguistic, Social and Ideological Structure,” in Narrative and Genre, ed. Mary Chamberlain and Paul Thompson (Routledge, 1998), 142–59.

- Alessandro Portelli, "What Makes Oral History Different," in Narrative and Genre, ed. Mary Chamberlain and Paul Thompson (Routledge, 1998),63-74.

- Stephen M. Sloan, “Swimming in the Exaflood: Oral History Information in the Digital Age,” in Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, ed. Douglas A. Boyd and Mary Larson, First edition. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 175–86.

- Paul Thompson, "The Voice of the Past: Oral History," in The Oral History Reader, eds. Robert Perks et al., (London: Routledge, 1998), 21-28.