An Inside Look at the Religions Texas Archive: the Corona Chronicles Collection

This blog post is the next in a series showcasing the Religions Texas Archive. Religions Texas is a community archive and public humanities initiative that explores Texas as a site of religious encounters and a meeting place for people and communities from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. It's rooted in practices of oral history, storytelling, … Continue reading An Inside Look at the Religions Texas Archive: the Corona Chronicles Collection

A Big Thanks to the Migration Narratives Project Grants Jury Committee!

We're very excited about the 2021 cohort of Migration Narratives Project grantees-- an impressive group of scholars, religious and community leaders, activists, and artists who will be working to tell the many stories of immigrants and refugees in Texas through narrative, oral history and other interpretive storytelling methods over the next six months. We're also … Continue reading A Big Thanks to the Migration Narratives Project Grants Jury Committee!

2021 Migration Narratives Project Grantees

The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life’s Migration Narratives Project is a grant-making initiative supporting community-based narrative projects that document and explore experiences of migration in Texas and contribute to the public understanding of immigration and refugee experiences. Grantees receive funding, participate in a cohort over the grant period and will share the findings of … Continue reading 2021 Migration Narratives Project Grantees

An Inside Look at the Religions Texas Archive: Muslim Voices Collection

Hello! My name is Eva McNabb, and I am the spring intern here at IDCL. Today’s blog post is dedicated to showcasing the Religions Texas Archive and specifically the Muslim Voices collection. I had the opportunity to speak with some of IDCL’s staff members about the process of interviewing, transcribing, and curating the collection, and … Continue reading An Inside Look at the Religions Texas Archive: Muslim Voices Collection

A History of Oral History: Episode Two

Oral history and tradition have been around since humanity started to tell stories. The Iliad and Odyssey were passed down orally for many centuries before Homer (or someone else, depending on which side of the “Homer question” you’re on) actually wrote them down. However, scholars only began to see oral history’s validity and potential in the 1930s. In this piece, I will highlight some of the key moments in the life of Oral History as an academic field — with particular focus on the Western and American academy. - Eleonora Anedda

IDCL Named ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Host Organization

The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for a Leading Edge Fellowship, which demonstrates the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance justice and equity in society. Leading … Continue reading IDCL Named ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Host Organization

A Short Introduction to Oral History: Episode One

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

Migration Narratives Project Call for Proposals

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