With many of us working in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am wondering how this is impacting upon our creation of oral history interviews. Some of us may be suspending planned interviews for the moment, particularly with vulnerable communities, while others may be racing to complete interviews before the pandemic spreads in their area.
I am curious as to whether any colleagues are developing protocols or strategies for conducting oral history interviews remotely. There are probably disadvantages to this approach, including a reduction in intimacy during the oral history encounter and compromised sound quality. However there will also be advantages, including reduced financial and environmental costs of travel and the ability to conduct interviews in circumstances where it would otherwise be unsafe to do so. I assume that there must be online platforms for conducting and recording audio or audio-visual interviews.
I would appreciate your thoughts on:
a) tools and technologies for conducting remote interviews, and
b) the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
Joint Editor, Oral History Australia Journal
Honorary Associate, Museums Victoria
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies | Faculty of Arts
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The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia
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I live and work on the lands of the Wathaurong, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.