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ARTH 668 Theories and Methodologies in Art History: Feminist Approaches to Oral History

  • Tuesdays, 11 am-2 pm 
  • EV 3.760
  • Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Hammond

Oral history is a research method that emerged as part of radical social movements in the 1960s and 70s. Its practitioners sought to give voice to those who had previously been under-represented in academic scholarship, specifically working-class people, women, members of the gay community, and people of colour. The method has since expanded into a robust, crossdisciplinary field of practice, but the central aim of oral history continues: to broaden the historical record with the express goal of seeking a more just and inclusive future. This goal has in particular been advanced by intersectional feminist thinkers and oral history practitioners. We will thus read both “foundational” oral history texts, and hear directly from guest speakers about their work and the politics that led them to their interlocutors and collaborators.

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