Living histories: innovative approaches to oral history

Oral historians from three exciting contemporary projects - all commended in the Oral History Victoria Awards for 2018 - will share their experience of making imaginative oral history in different media and how they coped with the technical, ethical or historical challenges posed in the creation of living histories. 

Kirby Fenwick's audio documentary ‘The First Friday in February‘ tells the story of the first AFLW game, between Collingwood and Carlton in February 2017, through the memories of women who were in the stands. 

Lee Valentine and Ryan Gustafsson produced Call Me by My Name, a series of moving and insightful podcasts with 10 trans and gender diverse people in and around Melbourne. 

Rose Turtle Ertler's Light at the End is an oral history performance work where Rose asks refugees living in Victoria to respond to two intriguing questions, about a moment of light in their life and about what makes you strong. 

Alistair Thomson, President of Oral History Australia, will facilitate the discussion. This seminar is run jointly with Oral History Victoria.

Bookings for this free event will open on 1 May 2019.

Image of the award-winning oral historians, speakers at the June 2019 seminar

Pictured at the Oral History Victoria Awards announcement in 2018 are, from left: Rose Turtle Ertler, Ryan Gustafsson, Lee Valentine and Kirby Fenwick.

Image credit: Oral History Victoria


With thanks to the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

Monash University Publishing - some current titles   Monash University History Program 

and to the organising partners:

Image of OHV logo  Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

June 11, 2019 at 6pm - 7:30pm
Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
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Margaret Birtley · · 0418 814 957

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