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Fellowship Description

Research program title

Oral History & Audio Archiving

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Program description

This fellowship aims to engage an emerging scholar in Oral History to pursue research that applies oral history methodology to the study of literary audio and life story archives, as part of the SpokenWeb SSHRC PG research program’s “Oral Literary History” axis, directed by Drs. Jason Camlot and Steven High. Based at both the Department of English at Concordia University and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), the fellow will contribute to the cross-fertilization between oral history and oral literary studies. Candidates with an interest in the critical study of listening and/or digital archiving are also encouraged to apply as are candidates interested in applying creative arts-based approaches to oral history.

Making use of extensive infrastructure available at Concordia for the study of sound, literary audio,and oral history, the Fellow will:

  1. take a leadership position within the “Oral Literary History” research component of the SpokenWeb project
  2. undertake an original research or research-creation project that results in publication and/or other public outcomes.
  3. contribute to the development of new cross-disciplinary methodologies (bridging literary studies and oral history) with regard to literary audio recordings and/or life story interviews. 
  4. take the lead in oral history training within the SpokenWeb research program
  5. conduct and process oral history interviews with literary practitioners and historical agents discernible in the archive (including managing permissions and post-production)

Academic qualifications required

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have a PhD in any relevant discipline, experience working with oral history as method, and a record of publication demonstrating active engagement with research.S/he will have an interest in the exploration and development of oral historical research methods relevant to the study of literature and literary performance. S/he will have an interest in pursuing collaborative research and in developing leadership skills within a large interdisciplinary research network. Knowledge of French is an asset but not required.

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