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OHR Social Media

The goal of this blog is to further promote the Oral History Review’s mission of advancing the understanding of oral history among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. In conjunction with the OHR , we provide digital space to those interested in presenting ideas, thoughts, conclusions, or arguments on the topic of oral history, and we promote these ideas through social media. While we primarily focus this effort on giving OHR authors additional room to discuss their scholarship, we also use our platform to promote the national Oral History Association’s efforts, and we encourage oral history-focused submissions from anyone anywhere.

Issue 39.2 of the Oral History Review inaugurated not only a new editorial team, but also a more multimedia approach to analyzing and sharing our community’s thoughts on oral history. In the words of Editor Kathryn L. Nasstrom:

As scholars, teachers, and students, we need the printed word (whether printed on the page or pixelated on a screen), as it is an ideal medium for contemplating ideas that we need time to digest and consider. As we read, we can stop, think, and reread. But the spoken word and other sonic elements (music, ambient sound, tonal aspects of the voice) register and convince us in other ways. Thus, we need also to listen, for there are arguments in sound, as well as arguments to be made (in print) about sound .”*

The primary mission of the Oral History Review is to explore the nature and significance of oral history and advance understanding of the field among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. Given the opportunities current technology affords us, it seems fitting -- if not imperative to the Review ’s success -- that its content reflect the multimedia nature of our scholars’ research. And that the editorial team develops a way to share that with our readers.

Not only does the Oral History Review feature more digital content (accessible via the online version), but we have expanded our presence in the social media sphere.** Follow us on Twitter ( @oralhistreview ) and like us on Facebook to preview the latest from the Review , learn about other oral history projects , connect with oral history centers across the world, and discover topics that you may not have thought were even remotely connected to the study of oral history . And in case you haven’t heard yet, we've also been blogging, so keep an eye on blog.oup.com for addendum to past articles, interviews with scholars in oral history and related fields, and fieldnotes on conferences, workshops, etc.***

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*Kathryn L. Nasstrom, “ Editor’s Introduction ,” Oral History Review 39, no. 2 (Fall 2012).
**Your individual membership entitles you to a subscription in both print and online format. If you have not already activated your account, 39.2 will provide instructions to do so.
***Hint: The annual conferences for both oral historians and folklorists will take place in October, and we will take advantage of having all those academics -- ideally with internet access -- in one place.

Oral History Review on the OUPblog

2012

Intersections of sister fields 

How to survive election season, oral history style


Oral history, research, and technology

Oral history students as narrators

Oral history in disaster zones


2013


The discourse of the blues

Jason Steinhauer, the Kluge Center, and opportunities for oral historians

Oral historians and online spaces

Re-introducing Oral History in the Digital Age


Michael Gillette on Lady Bird Johnson and oral history

World War II vocabulary

Blogging oral history

The Mashapaug Project

Closeted/Out in the quadrangles

Oral history and hearing loss

Online resources for oral history

Paul Ortiz on oral history

OHR signing off temporarily

Fall cleaning with OHR

CSI: Oral History

2013 OHA will be much more than OK

The wondrous world of the UW Digital Collections

Considering your digital resume

The usable past: an interview with Robert P. Wetteman Jr.

Oral history goes transnational

Oral histories of Chicago youth violence

Q and A with Claire Payton on Haiti, spirituality, and oral history

2014


Teaching oral history in the digital age

Oral History Review’s Short Form Initiative

Contradictions in Cold War-era higher education

The Oral History Review at the OHA Midwinter Meeting

Threshold Collaborative: a lesson in engaged story work

Oral history, collective memory, and community among cloistered nuns

A call for oral history bloggers

‘Storytelling’ in oral history: an exchange

Crowdfunding for oral history projects


‘Storytelling’ in oral history: an exchange, part 2

Welcome to the OHR, Stephanie Gilmore

Oral history through Google Glass

Schizophrenia and oral history

Re-thinking the role of the regional oral history organization

Oral history, historical memory, and social change in West Mount Airy

A preview of the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting

Migratory patterns: H-OralHist finds a new home on H-Net Commons

So Long, Farewell

The power of oral history as a history-making practice

Recap of the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting

Sharecropper’s Troubadour: songs and stories from the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting

Academics as activists: an interview with Jeffrey W. Pickron

What we’re thankful for

Top 5 reasons why young professionals love the OHA Annual Meeting

Calling oral history bloggers – again!

2015


Using voice recognition software in oral history transcription

Building community and ecoliteracy through oral history

Listening on the edge

The art of listening


Reflections on the ‘urge to collect’

Oral history online: blogging to reach new audiences

Oral histories of student veterans at Monmouth University

Narrating nostalgia

Later interviews as counter narratives: Treblinka and the ardent lover

Using Pop Up Archive for oral history transcription

Mentoring the next generation of oral historians

Celebrating pride through oral history

Elspeth Brown on digital collaboration in LGBTQ oral history

Uniqueness lost

What’s your story? Calling all oral history bloggers

On spatial strategies of narration

Off the beaten path: An insider’s guide to Tampa history for #OHA2015

Back to the “stove front”: an oral history project about Cuban housewives

Bringing the Digital Humanities into the classroom

Archivist by day, audio enthusiast by night: an interview with Dana Gerber-Margie

Landscapes of meaning

What were Tampa’s top Twitter debates at #OHA2015?

Getting to the core of StoryCorps, and other audio puns

Oral history and childhood memories

Saying goodbye to a great listener: a tribute to Cliff Kuhn, OHA Executive Director

A few of our favorite things

Q&A; with audio transcriptionist Teresa Bergen

2016


Movement and memory: an email exchange with Hank Greenspan and Tim Cole, Part 1

Contextual cartography: an email exchange with Henry Greenspan and Tim Cole, Part 2

Confessions of an audiophile

Challenges in exhibiting oral history

Putting oral history on the map


Launching into oral history

Summer school for oral historians

Queer history happens everywhere

Listening to the Queer Archive — a conversation with Marion Wasserbauer

Listening where it matters 

Queering oral history

Making queer history visible in North Carolina 

The complexity of biography 

Oral history as a political response 

Oral history and social justice 

Not just dots on a map: life histories alleviate spatial amnesia in San Francisco

A technophile embraces oral history in the digital age 

Video didn’t kill the radio star – she’s hosting a podcast 

OHR Virtual Issue: from roots to the digital turn 

In the oral history toolbox 

Racing towards OHA2016 in Long Beach, the “International City”

Making Connections at #OHA2016

Aurality and the opening of oral archives

Translating Hobson City

A note of thanks, a dose of sanity

Oral History Annual Meeting: an enriching experience

A few (more) of our favorite things

2017

Learning from each other

Learning from disaster

Guaranteeing free speech

Planting the seeds of resistance

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