Summer Institute: Narrating the Body

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OHRO Summer Summer Institute
June 1-12, 2009
Narrating the Body: Oral History, Narrative and Embodied Practice

The tuition for the Institute is $1,500. Housing is provided at low cost. Limited scholarships are available.
Applications are due APRIL 6, 2009

The Columbia University Oral History Research Office is delighted to announce that the 2009 Annual Summer Institute will be held June 1 – June 12, 2009. The theme of the 2009 Institute is “Narrating the Body: Oral History, Narrative and Embodied Practice.” The Institute will explore issues, stories and performances tracing the history of the body, as well as oral history as an embodied practice. Two of OHRO’s former Rockefeller Humanities fellows, Kathy Davis of the Netherlands and Jose Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy of Brazil, will join the Institute to share their recent scholarship on the body. Kathy Davis will present on the oral history research that formed the basis for her award-winning book, The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders, as well as her general research and scholarship on the operation of gender and power in health care, feminist activism around the body, and the globalization of women’s narratives. Jose Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy will present on current oral history research in Brazil on the use of the body as a form of self/family survival and space of cultural dialogue and commerce, as well as discourses around migration.

Core faculty, including Alessandro Portelli of the University of Rome and Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Ronald J. Grele, Amy Starecheski, Rita Charon and Marsha Hurst of Columbia University, will explore recent theoretical inquiries into the embodied, intersubjective nature of the oral history interview as it addresses hunger, political trauma, disability and illness narratives as well as reproductive rights and sexuality. Workshops will include training for interviewing vulnerable and traumatized families/communities and developing archives of cultural memory and activism. Corie Trancho-Robie, assistant director of OHRO, will a lead workshop on the development of archives and the use of digital technology to record and preserve interviews. Linda Shopes of Pennsylvania will lead a workshop on editing oral history for publication, and Steve Rowland of Pennsylvania will lead a workshop on digital recording and editing.

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