Forms and Uses of Oral History in Changing Societies

Finnish Oral History Network FOHN and Finnish Literature Society will host an afternoon seminar focusing on the different forms and uses of oral history in changing societies. The presentations of the seminar discuss the role of oral history in medical humanities and interrogate how analysis of oral narratives may problematize how we write histories of place and placemaking. The speakers of the seminar are Dr. Rachel F. Seidman, Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, who is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Turku, and professor Katherine Borland, Director of the Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies, who is currently a Fulbright Bicentennial Chair of North American Studies at the University of Helsinki. The presentations will be followed by discussants comments and open discussion.

Program
Ulla Savolainen: Opening words
Rachel F. Seidman: Stories to Save Lives: Using Oral History to Explore Health, Illness and Medical Care
Katherine Borland: Beyond Content Analysis: Narratives of Belonging in a Changing Neighborhood

Chair: Ulla Savolainen, University of Helsinki
Discussant: Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, University of Jyväskylä

The seminar is open for all. Welcome!

Afternoon seminar is organized by the Finnish Oral History Network, the Finnish Literature Society, and the Academy of Finland postdoctoral project Memory Unchained.