JOB The HistoryMakers - Black Music History Researcher

The HistoryMakers seeks to hire full-time Oral History Researcher to complete in-depth research for its video oral history interviews and its subject matter categories in the area of the history of black music in all kinds of genres(i.e. classical, jazz, R&B, folk, blues, hip hop, etc.) Those hired must have a background in music, African American, American, women and gender studies, anthropology, social history, economics, politics, STEM/medicine, the arts, business, etc. The researcher will be responsible for:

Re: Oral History in an age of Pandemic

I have recently published a piece which includes a discussion of some of the issues that arose in doing online research about the pandemic with a survivor of the Holocaust (who is 93 years old). It is entitled "A Researcher and Survivor of the Holocaust Connect and Make Meaning during the COVID-19 Pandemic" and can be accessed at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15325024.2020.1765099

Re: Oral History in an age of Pandemic

Hi Jon,

Imagine you are in a warzone and you wish to ask the medical staff of a hospital treating the wounded, and the wounded their thoughts. In a crisis situation, connection depends on what your entrypoint into the conversation is, your reason for immediacy ( interviewing now as opposed to later) and what crucial need there is to 'intervene' in this pandemic with an oral history research interviewing objective.

Re: Oral History in an age of Pandemic

Thank you for asking. I offer much advice because I am an oral historian, am severely immunodeficient in disability (in treatment over a decade for a virulent blood cancer) and--if age 68 qualifies--a senior.

I read scientific journal articles. As I understand our global situation this week, I urge that no one should meet with any new acquaintance. Of any age. Not now, likely not soon, possibly not ever.

Re: Oral History in an age of Pandemic

Hi, I am project manager on a large UK oral history project called NHS at 70. At the outset of lockdown we transferred to interviewing over the telephone using our normal recorders with an additional microphone. We have written about our positive experience of this transition here - https://oralhistoryreview.org/current-events/nhs-70-covid-19/

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