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Oral history in the digital age

Thursday 30 October 2014, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Courtyard
Main entry, Swanston St

Life stories surround us in this digital age. But what are the challenges and opportunities in creating, interpreting and producing digital oral histories today?

In this Making Public Histories seminar, US historian Professor Michael Frisch, one of the most influential contributors to international developments in oral and public history, explores this timely topic in depth.

In the 1970s, Professor Frisch led new interpretations of memory and history. In the 1980s, he coined the notion of ‘shared authority’ to illuminate the oral history relationship. Since the 1990s, he has worked at the cutting edge of digital technologies for creating, sharing and interpreting recorded interviews.

In this public lecture, Professor Frisch will use a social history of 20th-century Australian lives and memories, the Australian Generations Oral History Project, as one example to explore the transformation of oral history in our digital age.

Making Public Histories

This talk is part of the Making Public Histories seminar series, exploring the making of history and heritage in contemporary society. Presented in partnership with the History Council of Victoria and Monash University Institute for Public History.