COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Change: Rethinking Concepts of Memory and Oral History
Our lives and communities have changed in fundamental ways due to the effects of COVID-19. Oral historians are working in creative and innovative ways across the globe to document the pandemic through rapid-response collecting initiatives. This panel will consider the deeper implications of COVID-19 for oral history and the extent to which it has been a catalyst for change for the discipline. We will take particular notice of the ways in which the imperative to capture the crisis as it continues to unfold is reframing our concepts of memory and oral history.
Questions to be considered will include:
• How are we engaging with shifting temporal experiences and the notion of historical consciousness?
• How can oral history be used with social purpose and what are the responsibilities of practitioners in pandemic times?
• What is unique about oral history’s contribution to documenting and remembering the pandemic?
Mary Marshall Clark, Director of Columbia University Center for Oral History Research, in INCITE (Center for Interdisciplinary Theory and Empirics), Columbia University, US
Ana Carolina de Moura Delfim Maciel, Professor, State University of Campinas, Coordination of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Nuclei – COCEN, UNICAMP, Brazil
Andréa Casa Nova Maia, Professor of History, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mark Cave, Senior Curator, The Historic New Orleans Collection, US
Riki Van Boeschoten, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology and Oral History, University of Thessaly, Greece
Stephanie Snow, Professor of Health, History and Policy, University of Manchester, UK