- Code HUMN8038
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest History, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Alexandra Dellios
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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This course engages with the critical issues surrounding oral history and heritage, and offers students the practical means to conduct their own oral history projects in a heritage management context. The course responds to calls in the literature to embed oral history in heritage practice, and considers the global trend in heritage legislation to more closely consider intangible heritage and social value in both the identification and management of heritage places and collections.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- engage with current debates (nationally and internationally) around memory and place, and the role of memory in identifying and managing heritage sites and collections;
- conduct oral history interviews, with an eye to creating a record of the varied and changing uses and meanings of places over time; and
- relate oral history to heritage practice and the heritage management sector, and articulate its attendant ethical implications.
- Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form (20) [LO 2,3]
- One oral history interview (audio) and interview index (30) [LO 2]
- Reflective Essay on oral history method and heritage applicability/heritage values (3000) (40) [LO 1,3]
- Presentation (10 minute presentation on your oral history project and connections to heritage management concepts) (10) [LO 1,3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
All required and suggested readings will appear, in some form, on the Wattle page for this course.
Students are encouraged to read widely, and, for their assessment, to read beyond the required reading list. There are set readings for each seminar week, which are listed at the end of this course guide. The following is a list of top recommended readings, most of which we will also discuss in seminars:
Australia ICOMOS. 2000. The Burra Charter: the Australia ICOMOS charter for places of cultural significance: with associated guidelines and code on the ethics of co-existence, Australia ICOMOS, Burwood.
Byrne, Denis, Helen Brayshaw & Tracey Ireland, Social Significance: a discussion paper, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2003.
Hamilton, Paula and Linda Shopes. Oral History and Public Memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.
Hutchison, M and P Grist, ‘Building on experience: the potential of oral history to conserve the ‘deep city’ in Australia’s national capital’, Deep Cities Routledge, 201?
Perks, R. and Thomson, A., 2015. The oral history reader. Third Edition. Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge.
Pocock, Celmara, David Collett, and Linda Baulch. "Assessing stories before sites: identifying the tangible from the intangible." International Journal of Heritage Studies 21, no. 10 (2015): 962-982.
Prinsen, D., “Oral history and attachment to place in cultural heritage management: A case study of the shack community at Era, Royal National Park, NSW.” Oral History Association of Australia Journal 35 (2013).
Thomson, Alistair. “Four Paradigm Transformations in Oral History.” The Oral History Review, 34, no. 1 (2007): 49-70.
Recommended Resources – Recording Equipment and Standards
I will try to make digital recording equipment available via ANU and the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, but this equipment will need to be shared/on rotation while you’re conducting oral history interviews. If you are working with an institution/library they may also have recording equipment available for you to use—please check this. Alternatively, if you have your own recording equipment, you may use that. Ensure the sound quality is of a high standard.
If you wish for your recording to be deposited and archived by an institution, be aware that they may have format restrictions (WAV not Mp3) and stricter sound quality standards (eg. using your phone will not work for these purposes). Please confirm what these standards and restrictions are before conducting any interviews.
Oral History NSW offer very useful guidelines and suggestions on recording equipment, software and storage options: https://www.oralhistorynsw.org.au/equipment
For editing audio
(Cutting bits/rearranging etc): Audacity is free open access software and reasonably easy to use. Audacity (free at https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/ )
While you are not expected to write a full transcript of your interview, you are expected to write a timed/logged summary/index. If you would like to have a go at transcribing yourself, the following is free and easy to use: Express Scribe (free from NCH website: https://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html
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