The Life Story in Oral History Practice: A Two-Day International Symposium Fri 30 June 2023 and Sat 1 July 2023 British Library Knowledge Centre, St Pancras, London
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The Life Story in Oral History Practice: A Two-Day International Symposium
Fri 30 June 2023 and Sat 1 July 2023
British Library Knowledge Centre, St Pancras, London, UK
A ground-breaking international two-day symposium hosted by National Life Stories at the British Library, re-examining the role of life story recording in oral history interview practice: fieldwork, access and archiving, analysis and future technologies, re-use and public outputs. At a time when the long-form biographical interview is being challenged by tight budgets and outcomes-focussed methodologies, the event aims to raise awareness of the value of the life story.
Friday 30 June: daytime sessions
10.00 – 17.00
An exciting set of talks and panel discussions exploring:
- the life story in historical context
- life stories in practice: researching, interviewing, longitudinal studies
- the challenges of institutional histories and post-colonial contexts
- interface between new technologies and life stories
Confirmed speakers include: Alexander Freund, Wendy Rickard, Polly Russell, Indira Chowdhury, Andrew Flinn, Doug Boyd and Julianne Nyhan in dialogue with members of the National Life Stories team.
Friday 30 June: evening reception and public event: The value of life stories of the environment
17.15 – 21.00
Following a drinks reception we will mark the launch of the new ‘Discovering Science’ website encompassing the celebration of the end of the National Life Stories project, ‘Farming, Land Management and Conservation in Post-War Britain’.
Sally Horrocks, Jon Agar and Paul Merchant will explore the value of life stories of the environment and agriculture, and we will welcome an environmental journalist to give their perspective.
We are grateful for the support of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
Saturday 1 July 2023
10.00 – 15.00
Join us for in-depth conversations and discussions exploring:
- the artist’s life story
- using life stories in research and publication
- the future of the life story
Confirmed speakers include: Lubaina Himid, Alistair Thomson and Donald Ritchie in dialogue with members of the National Life Stories team and keynote panellists from the Friday.
Full Symposium and Single Day Passes will be available. A Full Symposium Pass will cost £45 (Friday sessions including lunch, Friday evening reception and public event and Saturday sessions including lunch). Single Day Passes will be charged at a lower rate.
This event will be held onsite in person at the British Library, London. No livestreaming will be possible.