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Re: Creating an Ethics Advisory Committee for Oral Historians

Great idea Martha! The OHA has just set up a Principles and Best Practices Task Forces to revise the association's current best practices in light of the recent deregulation of oral history in the US. I can raise the idea of an advisory committee in our next meeting if you like, and if others think it would be relevant for their work. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to chat further about it!
Best wishes,
E.
erin.jessee@glasgow.ac.uk

Re: Creating an Ethics Advisory Committee for Oral Historians

What an excellent idea, Martha. Not only would such a committee be worthwhile in the academic sphere, but also among community oral historians. As the methodology increasingly expands to include new practitioners, new geographic areas, and vulnerable populations, I believe it is important for new questions to be raised and discussed at the OHA-level.

Thanks for sharing your idea. What are the next steps?

Nancy

Nancy MacKay
Berkeley, California
nancymackay@gmail.com

Re: Creating an Ethics Advisory Committee for Oral Historians

I think it's a great idea to start the proposed ethics committee, I could see it being really helpful both for institutional practitioners and freelancers like myself. I agree that the ethics issues that have always underpinned this work grow all the more pressing as the digital age transforms access, exposure, and audience.

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