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TELLING STORIES: A REFLECTION ON ORAL HISTORY AND NEW MEDIA

Steven High
Oral History
Vol. 38, No. 1, POWER AND PROTEST (SPRING 2010), pp. 101-112
Published by: Oral History Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40650320
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Abstract

New media and the arts are transforming how we think and do 'oral history'. While the changes are many and the current situation is certainly fluid, the most exciting possibilities are emerging after the interview. This is an important point as oral historians have been so focussed on the making of the interview that we have spent remarkably little time thinking about what to do with the audio or video recordings once they are made. The paper examines how the digital revolution is changing oral history practice at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, based at Concordia University, and specifically, in the Montreal Life Stories project. 'Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations', the project's full name, is comprised of forty university based researchers and community co-applicants as well as eighteen community partners, mainly from the city's Rwandan, Cambodian, Haitian and Jewish communities. Our five year project (www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca) is developing a cross-disciplinary methodology that combines oral history with digital storytelling, searchable databases and memoryscapes. We are also using new media technology to bridge distance within the project.

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