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Interviews involving mass murder

In the twentieth century, 40 to 60 million defenseless people were massacred in episodes of genocide. The 21st century is not faring much better, with mass murder ongoing e.g. in Myanmar and Syria. Many of these cases have been studied well, both in detailed case studies and in comparative perspectives, but studying mass murder is no picnic. Scholars have also examined how conducting research, including ethnographic fieldwork, archival investigation, and oral history interviews, can affect the researcher in profound ways. Among a broader set of difficulties that obstruct research on this wretched subject, two stand out in particular: political constraints and psychological attrition.  For full story click here.

StoryCorps explained

All the work that the StoryCorps mobile tour does happens in a parked trailer. The recording, photos, editing and archiving all occur in an Airstream trailer, customized to include office space, a photo space and a recording studio. The trailer traverses the country over the course of the year, stopping in big cities and tiny towns, all to record and archive the voices of Americans today.  See full story here.

Collecting recipes with stories

“Researchers at the University of Winnipeg are hitting the road this summer in a new food truck, inviting Manitobans to hop on board, cook family recipes and be interviewed about the process.  “We have people coming aboard the food truck to cook a dish that has meaning to them, and to interview them about their life stories. And we’re also going off the food truck and interviewing business owners and workers of long-standing food production facilities and food businesses,” said Sarah Story, an archivist involved with the Manitoba Food History Project.”  A great idea for an oral history project.  See full story here.