Transformative Oral History

Solicited by the Oral History Association

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Public History and Memory; Race; Social and Cultural


We look forward to an opportunity to introduce members of the OAH to the origin and genesis of the Ad-Hoc Group for Transformative Oral History and the implications our work has for the broader field of History. We will lead further discussion on the ideas generated in the final session of that symposium, “Where Do We Go From Here” and share our evolving suggestions for Best Practices that reflect these ongoing analyses of Race and Power in oral history, theory and methodology. Finally, we will also articulate our understanding of transformative oral history, and how that links to a vision for more evolved practices in the field of History, overall. 

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Kelly Navies, African American Museum of History and Culture

Panelist: Benji de la Piedra, Oral Historian

Panelist: Shanna Farrell, UC Berkeley Oral History Center

Panelist: Amanda Tewes, Oral History Center, University of California-Berkeley

Panelist: Holly Werner-Thomas, Independent Scholar and Oral History Consultant