Considering Identity in Oral History: Interviewing Across Difference, Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room TBA, Saturday, 25. January 2020

Considering Identity in Oral History: Interviewing Across Difference, Mary Marshall Clark and Alissa Funderburk

In this workshop we will explore useful concepts in oral history that help to bring us closer to our narrators, and to determine, where appropriate the differences that exist between us and how to work with those differences in the interview.  We will attempt to define the relationship between the core concepts in oral history: intersectionality and intersubjectivity (the dialogue between the interviewer and the narrator). We will demonstrate models of intersectional interviewing where identities either create intersectional distance or open dialogues of shared experience.  We encourage participants to send us examples of how these issues come up in their own work.
Mary Marshall Clark is the director of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR). Mary Marshall is also the co-founder of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts degree program. Mary Marshall has been involved in the oral history movement since 1991, and was president of the Oral History Association in 2001-2002. She was a founding member of the International Oral History Association. Mary Marshall teaches and writes on issues of memory, the mass media, trauma, and ethics in oral history. She was the co-principal investigator, with Peter Bearman, of the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project, and directed related projects on the aftermath of September 11th in New York City.  Mary Marshall’s current work focuses on the global impact of U.S. torture and detention policies, focusing on Guantánamo.  Mary Marshall is an editor of After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 11, 2001 and the Years that Followed, published by The New Press in September 2011

Alissa Rae Funderburk is Deputy Director and a lead interviewer for the ** Life Histories Project, an oral history project with the aim of building a lasting university wide program to utilize life history interviews in tackling issues of disavowal and inequity on campus. Alissa Rae graduated from Columbia in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology as a John W. Kluge Scholar. Her interests included the studies of race, culture and religion, particularly those of the diaspora. In 2013, Alissa Rae began working with Hope Church NYC as the director of kids programming and as an assistant at York Prep School. She is in her last semester of OHMA, creating a thesis about the religious and spiritual experiences of black men in New York City. 
*For our oral history workshops, please pay what you can. We suggest $30 for students, recent graduates, or others who are financially constrained, while we suggest that professionals and those with more resources should pay more. All profits from these events go towards our annual merit scholarship for an OHMA student. Please note that OHMA applicants can get their admission fee waived if they attend a workshop.

Saturday, 25. January 2020, Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room TBA, Considering Identity in Oral History: Interviewing Across Difference

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