Since the 1970s, oral history has proven to be a powerful means of challenging dominant historical narratives internationally. Histories of workers, the women's movement, ethnic and cultural minorities, and many others have been brought to public attention through the democratising methods of oral history.
Oral histories of the conflict in Ireland are also now extensive, and are beginning to broaden our understanding of the past beyond traditional narratives. Furthermore, the Stormont House Agreement called for the establishment of an Oral History Archive to archive existing interviews and collect new ones. In this seminar, Adrian Grant will outline some of the opportunities presented by the establishment of an official oral history archive of the conflict, and consider problems which may arise as a result of the state's role in building and running the archive.
Presenter - Dr Adrian Grant, Historian and Lecturer in Policy, Ulster University
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