Groundswell’s Practitioner Support Network (PSN) and Anti-Oppression working groups are teaming up this Fall 2014 to offer a 5-part “anti-oppression and oral history” PSN chat series. Each chat will look at one specific moment in the process of doing oral history and consider how an anti-oppression approach impacts our practice:
- Anti-oppression after collecting your interviews - September 18th, 2014
- The principles of allyship for oral historians - October 21st, 2014
- Before recording begins: using anti-oppression in the pre-interview process - February 25th, 2015
- Power dynamics and anti-oppression within the space of the interview - March 25th, 2015
- Building anti-oppression principles and practices into your project at the design/proposal stage - Date TBD
Ultimately, we aim to create a textual resource (medium to be determined) aimed at social justice oral historians. The PSN series will give us a strong sense of the kinds of questions that oral historians are asking with regards to anti-oppression work. We would like for this document to be something of a handbook for incorporating anti-oppression into the entire oral history project from start to finish.