The Art of Empathy and the Empathy of Art:
Workshop on Oral History Methods and Applications
Date: SUNDAY July 21, 12pm – 3pm
In this workshop, participants examined oral history theory and methodology through the many creative ways in which it has been practiced. Using empathy, power dynamics, and intersubjectivity as thematic lenses, we began the workshop by discussing the meaning of oral history; its differences and similarities to journalism, documentary work, therapy/social work, and other fields that use interviewing; and how oral history methodology may be applied within some of these other fields. Next, drawing upon their experience working on various oral history projects in both the US and abroad, facilitators Cindy Choung and Maggie Lemere took the participants through the process of designing an oral history: project planning, interview strategies, interpretation and analysis, creative applications, and archiving.