Experiments in Oral History
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5513
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
This course focuses on the ways in which oral history, an increasingly significant documentary practice, can make innovative use of a range of media platforms, including the Internet, cell phones, mp3 players, transmitters, photography, public signage, and sound installation. We also discuss the use of oral history in museums, as well as low-tech solutions to archival problems: mobile carts, sound booths, and radio. Students take a look at experimental work that successfully combines oral history with emergent technology. How and where does oral history intersect with mapping, museums, photography, installation, and radio? Students use these experiments as inspiration for their own projects, to be developed over the course of the semester. Class sessions are devoted to discussion of selected readings and audio work, guest lectures, and critiquing students’ work in-progress.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Graduate students.