I am updating my graduate seminar on oral history theory and method and want to include a unit on remote interviewing. I assume that most of my students' interviews will be remote in Spring '21. I found the excellent document Remote Interviewing Resources, which is definitely going on the syllabus.
My question, though, is about the subjective side of interviewing in the remote world. We all know that one thing that makes oral history powerful is the connection that can form between interviewer and oral author. So much of that depends on location, immediate surroundings, body language, minute gestures, and instantaneous reactions. Zoom makes many interviews possible that wouldn't be otherwise, but it flattens them into two dimensions, minimizes movement, and introduces delays and lags that hinder communication.
I would welcome experiences, readings or other resources, thoughts, rumors, gossip, or anything else the oral history hive mind might have on this subject. I'm interested for my own work, but I'm especially interested in anything that will help students.
Thanks in advance,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine