Australian Generations oral history theme issue of Australian Historical Studies
The latest theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations team in which we use the project’s oral history interviews to illuminate a range of topics in Australian social history, and to discuss innovations and issues in oral history. The open access online editorial on ‘Oral History and Australian Generations’ by Katie and Al introduces the project and the articles. Katie and Al also discuss the articles in this video clip on the AHS Facebook site. Use this link to access all the articles. To view individual articles click on any of the following links (note that if you are not an AHS subscriber you will need to view through a local, state or education library, or pay for access):
Class, Social Equity and Higher Education in Postwar Australia (Christina Twomey and Jodie Boyd);
Telling Families and Locating Identity: Narratives of Late Modern Life (Kerreen Reiger);
Creating an Oral History Archive: Digital Opportunities and Ethical Issues (Kevin Bradley and Anisa Puri)
Oral History in the Digital Age: Beyond the Raw and the Cooked (Michael Frisch)
The Radio Documentary and Oral History: Challenges and Opportunities (Michelle Rayner)
This journal theme issue is the major academic outcome from the ARC-funded Australian Generations Oral History Project, a collaboration between historians at Monash University and La Trobe University and colleagues at the National Library of Australia and ABC Radio National which produced 300 life history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989. Later in 2016, Monash University Publishing will publish Australian Lives: An Aural History by Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson. This book uses interview extracts to illuminate the lived experience of Australian history across the 20th century, arranged in chapters on Ancestry, Childhood, Faith, Youth, Migrations, Midlife, Activism, Later Life and Reflections. The book will be published as a paperback and e-book, and e-book users will be able to listen to each interview extract as they read – an ‘aural history’ first!.
“As a taster for the book, Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson have created a web exhibition, ‘From Glory Boxes to Grindr: Dating in Australia 1945-2015’. Check out 16 narrators, born between 1920 and 1989, recalling their experiences of first love.”
Read the transcript of the talk ‘Experience with South Sudanese Interviewees’ by Atem Atem, interviewer with the Australian Generations project, presented at an ‘Oral history and migration studies’ event run by Oral History NSW on 26 June 2016: at http://www.oralhistorynsw.org.au/article/oral-history-and-migration-stories
Here are other publications from the project:
- Thomson, Alistair. (2016) ‘Digital Aural History: an Australian Case Study‘, Oral History Review, 43, 2,pp. 292-314, doi:10.1093/ohr/ohw067, (see Anisa Puri’s blog for further reflections on digital aural history and oral history ebooks )
- Thomson, Alistair. (2014) ‘Australian generations? Transformative events, memory and generational identity’, in Michael Boss (ed.), Conflicted Pasts and National Identities: Narratives of War and Conflict, Aarhus Universitetsforlag, Denmark, pp 55-68.
- Curby, Nicole. (2014) ‘Confession and Catharsis: Crafting a Life Story and Charting a History of Emotion‘, Circa: The Journal of the Professional Historians Association, pp 53 – 58.
- Puri, Anisa. (2014) ‘Oral History Ethics: the Australian Generations Project‘, INSITE Magazine, Museums Australia (Victoria), November 2014 – January 2015, pp 4-5.
Katie Holmes, ‘Does It Matter If She Cried? Recording Emotion and the Australian Generations Oral History Project‘, Oral History Review, February 2017.