P41
Radical Americas: problems and promise in the construction of oral histories of the radical present and past in Latin America

Convenors:
Geoff Goodwin (LSE)
William Booth (UCL)
Hilary Francis (University of Aberdeen)
Location:
Malet 252
Start time:
4 April, 2014 at 14:15
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will explore the prospects and difficulties in creating oral histories of the radical present and past in Latin America. We also welcome papers that consider methodological issues related to the interview process.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore the prospects and difficulties in creating oral histories of the radical present and past in Latin America. Papers are welcome on any of the methodological concerns which surround the practice and production of oral history, with an emphasis on the junctures between radicalism and oral history. We will consider the uses of oral history, and the process by which those uses are agreed. How are the parameters of political engagement (radicalism, socialism, identity politics etc.) defined by the interviewer, and the interviewee? What happens when their definitions are different, and how is that difference negotiated? Are there limits to the applicability or ethical appropriateness of oral history? How do different settings (e.g. conflict/post-conflict) influence the construction of oral histories? We also welcome papers that consider methodological issues related to the interview process. The panel is organised by the Radical Americas Network. For more information on the network please see: www.radicalamericas.org