Oral History Theory and Practice (Online)


30/05/2023 - 01/06/2023

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Dr Andrew Redden and John McEvoy


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Dr Billie-Gina Thomason

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Venue: Online



Oral history methodology is a vital part of the data collection process that enables a complex understanding of human societies in modern contemporary eras. It is a methodology that foregrounds the participation of the public in the process of historical production and dissemination of that research. As such it democratises historical research and opens doors to its practitioners to feed back the research findings to the historical subjects, participants and audiences outside of the academy, necessitating dialogue and bringing to the fore the researcher’s ethical responsibilities.

This will be course delivered over two afternoon interactive workshops in which participants will engage with the theoretical, practical and ethical challenges associated with oral history research. The workshops will consist of a number of introductory talks about themes, group exercises and discussions as well as feedback sessions between participants and the two facilitators.

Please note that these sessions will take places between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesday 30th May 2023 and Thursday 1st June 2023

Session 1: Oral History Theory


A brief history of oral history (short talks by facilitators)

Accuracy and Representativeness

  • Group activity / discussion
  • Talk by facilitators
  • Group activity / source-work

Narrative, Performance and the Self

  • Talk by facilitators
  • Group activity – close analysis of interview transcripts


Session 2: Oral History Practice

Interview Process and Technique

  • Group activity
  • Talk by facilitators
  • Group activity
  • Talk by facilitators
  • Group activity
  • Talk by facilitators

Transcription and Translation

  • Talk by facilitators
  • Group activity


  • Talk by facilitators



The fee per teaching day is £30 per day for students / £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £100 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:


North West


Case Study, Mixed Methods, Conversation Analysis, Content Analysis, Narrative Methods, oral history

Related publications and presentations:

Case Study
Mixed Methods
Conversation Analysis
Content Analysis
Narrative Methods

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