Oral History Competition

Christ Church is offering a competition for Year 12 state school students in the North East who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This competition will offer students the opportunity to explore beyond the school curriculum and conduct their own research project outside of school. The project is centred on oral history, an exciting way of doing historical research that recovers experiences and perspectives that are often otherwise overlooked. Everyone has a story to tell, and this competition focuses on stories about migration.

We ask applicants to conduct an interview with a member of their local community about their experiences of migration. They should then submist a short essay, summarising their findings. A group of applicants will then be selected to discuss their projects in group tutorial sessions with an Oxford historian, in the North East, in spring.

Applications are now open, just fill out the application form and send it back to our email address: access@chch.ox.ac.uk

If you would like to read more about the subject, check out the reading list below:

- Alistair Thomson, 'Memory and Remembering in Oral History', in the Oxford Handbook of Oral History, ed. Donald Ritchie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 77-95.

- Yvette J. Kopijn, “The Oral History Interview in a Cross-Cultural Setting: An Analysis of Its Linguistic, Social and Ideological Structure,” in Narrative and Genre, ed. Mary Chamberlain and Paul Thompson (Routledge, 1998), 142–59.

- Alessandro Portelli, "What Makes Oral History Different," in Narrative and Genre, ed. Mary Chamberlain and Paul Thompson (Routledge, 1998),63-74.

- Stephen M. Sloan, “Swimming in the Exaflood: Oral History Information in the Digital Age,” in Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, ed. Douglas A. Boyd and Mary Larson, First edition. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 175–86.

- Paul Thompson, "The Voice of the Past: Oral History," in The Oral History Reader, eds. Robert Perks et al., (London: Routledge, 1998), 21-28.