This is the first piece of a series on the many dimensions of oral history. Here we briefly introduce oral history as a methodology and we address critics’ concern over the reliability of oral history sources. In the next episodes of this series, we are going to talk about the history of this field and how it came to be what it is today; interviewing, ethics and best practices; transcribing; archiving and curating oral histories in digital archives; and lastly, IDCL’s lived religion approach and method for the Religions Texas Oral History Project. - Eleonora Anedda
In light of the challenges many Texans have faced in the past week, we've extended the deadline for Migration Narratives Project grant proposals by one week to March 8. You can view the CFP and online application form at https://diversityandciviclife.org/programs/migration-narratives-project/.
The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life’s Migration Narratives Project is a rapid-response grant-making program to fund the work of scholars, activists and artists who are exploring the stories of immigrants and refugees in Texas through narrative, oral history and other interpretive storytelling methods. We're pleased to invite proposals for this program. A full CFP … Continue reading Migration Narratives Project Call for Proposals
The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life is seeking a Program Coordinator for Religions Texas, an oral history initiative to explore encounters with religious difference and record and preserve stories of religious and cultural diversity in Texas. Primary responsibilities include conducting and processing oral history interviews, developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with narrators, stakeholders and … Continue reading We’re Hiring!
The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant for $250,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the Migration Narratives Project, a rapid-response grantmaking program to fund the work of scholars, activists and artists who are exploring the stories of immigrants and refugees in Texas … Continue reading IDCL Awarded New Grant from the Luce Foundation
IDCL is conducting an oral history project to gather stories about everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to hear about your story-- the struggles, the comforts, the challenges, and the meaning you've found in these times. We'll conduct and record interviews via Zoom and they will become part of IDCL's Religions Texas initiative archive … Continue reading Share Your Story!
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