Oral history and politics: a one-day workshop

Many scholars working on modern or contemporary political history interview their subjects. This might include MPs, cabinet ministers, or other key decision makers.
This one-day seminar/workshop will engage with the theory and practicalities of doing so, whilst offering a forum to discuss works in progress, and outputs, from those who have conducted oral histories – or other forms of interviews – with people from the world of politics.

Discussions might involve the challenges of interviewing ‘elite’ individuals; the opportunities this presents; how to treat this kind of evidence across academic disciplines; or the presentation of findings from conducting interviews.

We are keen to hear from people at all stages of their academic careers who might be working on projects that involve interviewing political people. Topics can relate to any country and the definition of ‘politics’ can be broad.
The seminar will be free of charge and will be held at UCL’s central London Bloomsbury campus on Friday 28 June. Lunch and a post-conference drinks reception will be provided.

The event will be hybrid. The in-person element will be held at 51 Gordon Square on UCL's London Bloomsbury campus. The virtual element will be held via Zoom.

We ask that both in-person and virtual attendees register for the free event here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/psa-politics-and-history

You can view the day's programme here.

Refreshments, lunch, and a post-conference drink will be provided (for in-person attendees only, obviously...).

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UCL’s central London Bloomsbury campus