The Oral History Master of Arts Program is pleased to announce its
2018-2019 workshop series[]:
Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory

Oral history is a conversation about the past that takes place in the present and is oriented towards the future. How is this future orientation made real? 

Oral history as a research practice, particularly in the United States, has been defined by a focus on recording and archiving in institutional repositories. But people can be archives too, and oral history-telling practices more broadly often depend on embodied memory, on person-to-person transmission. And because people have been formally recording and archiving oral histories for over seventy years, we are now living in the futures imagined by earlier generations of oral historians. How do these voices from the past function in our present/their future? Looking at examples from digital archiving to indigenous oral history practices, in this series we will examine how the various ways that oral history is projected into the future work, and how they shape our practices as oral historians.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Spring half of the series but in the meantime, check out the full list of our Fall workshops[] below:


For more information, please email Amy Starecheski, Director of OHMA, at

All events are free and open to the public in 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd Street, New York, New York 10027. Refreshments will be served.