Dear OralHist members, I am currently engaged in a remote (phone/Zoom) oral history project that invites members of a defined community to reflect upon their pandemic experience thus far. Aspects of the project raise issues such as : the question of why people choose to participate and how that impetus both shapes the narrative and informs the level of access narrators allow or disallow for their narrative; what participants get out of volunteering to participate in the community project; how narrators tend to position themselves in terms of race, class, ethnicity, and political affiliation as guiding principles for narrating their pandemic experience; how the focal points of stories shift over the course of the pandemic; the particular nature of the role of the interviewer in a remote project.
I would be interested in hearing from others doing COVID-19 projects and/or community projects with the idea of grouping these for the upcoming OHA conference. Please reply directly to email@example.com
Jane Collings, Ph.D.
Center for Oral History Research, UCLA Library Special Collections