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Telling Our Stories/Animating Our Past: A Status Report on Oral History and New Media

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Telling Our Stories/Animating Our Past: A Status Report on Oral History and New Media

High, Steven, Zembrzycki, Stacey and Mills, Jessica J. (2012) Telling Our Stories/Animating Our Past: A Status Report on Oral History and New Media. Canadian Journal of Communications, 37 (3). pp. 1-22.

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Tens of thousands of oral history interviews sitting in archival drawers, on computer hard drives, or on library bookshelves have never been listened to. Thousands of new
interviews are being added each year by the many large testimony projects now underway, including Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Historica–Dominion Institute’s Memory Project. Although the existence of these immense collections is widely known, the interviews are difficult to access. How can we combine oral history and new media to insure that the potential of such important projects is fully realized? Emergent and digital technologies are opening up new possibilities for accessing Canadian memories and transmitting them to various audiences. New forms of media are changing the ways we think about and do oral and public history.

Des milliers d’entrevues d’histoire orale oubliées dans des tiroirs d’archives, sur des disques durs et sur des étagères de bibliothèque n’ont jamais été écoutées. En même temps, chaque année, de nouvelles entrevues viennent s’ajouter par milliers dans le cadre de grands projets de témoignage, y compris la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada et le Projet Mémoire de l’Institut Historica Dominion. Bien que l’existence de ces collections immenses ne soit guère un secret, les entretiens sont difficiles d’accès. Comment peut-on combiner l’histoire orale et les nouveaux médias afin de réaliser pleinement le potentiel de projets si importants? Des technologies numériques récentes présentent de nouvelles possibilités pour accéder aux souvenirs canadiens et les transmettre à divers publics. En effet, de nouvelles formes de média sont en train de changer les manières de penser et de pratiquer l’histoire orale et publique.

Divisions:Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:High, Steven and Zembrzycki, Stacey and Mills, Jessica J.
Journal or Publication:Canadian Journal of Communications
Date:2012
Funders:
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Keywords:Ethnography, History, Multimedia, New media, Orality/Oral culture, Participatory action, Research methods
ID Code:976910
Deposited By: STEVEN HIGH
Deposited On:28 Feb 2013 15:59
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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