Date and Time
8th May 2015 09:30 –– 8th May 2015 16:30
University of Strathclyde

Oral history theory for social science researchers:

a workshop for PhD students

8 May 2015

University of Strathclyde


This training day for graduate students provides an introduction to some of the key elements of oral history theory, focusing on memory, ethics, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, narrative and the interpretation and analysis of oral interviews.

9.30-10.15 Introduction: What is Oral History? This session examines the emergence of the field of oral history, its early practitioners and some of the contributions it has made to our understanding of the past.


10.30-11.45 Understanding Memory In this session we will consider the reliability of memory, what shapes memory and explore the terms popular and collective memory.

11.45-12.15 Ethics This session provides an outline of ethical and legal issues in relation to oral history.

Lunch break

1.15-2.30 Subjectivity & Inter-subjectivity This session will provide an overview of this key concept in oral history with illustrative examples.


2.45-4.00 Evidence and Analysis This session covers the interpretation of oral history interviews. What evidence can be gleaned from interviews? How do you go about analysing an oral history interview? Reference will be made to specific examples.

4.00-4.30 Review and discussion

Further information 

Attendees from outwith the Central Belt (eg Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, islands) may receive financial support for accommodation costs, for up to £60 for one night. If you wish to receive this support, please mention this on your application form. 

The organiser of this event is Arthur McIvor and further questions can be directed to him at 

To book a place on this course please go to eventbrite.  

Last updated 3 Mar 2015 12:48pm