Events, Oral History, PhD

Oral Histories of Voluntary Action: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

In conjunction with Bridget Lockyer, a colleague on the Voluntary Action History Society New Researchers Committee I have been involved in organising an upcoming event on Oral Histories of Voluntary Action. This is especially timely given that ethical approval for my own project came through last week and I will embarking on my own oral histories very shortly. The event is hosted and funded by the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York.

Oral Histories of Voluntary Action will be held on 7th February 2014, at the University of York, and will be free to attend. It will bring together new researchers who have used or are considering using oral history methods to explore the history of voluntary action and voluntary sector organisations. It will be interdisciplinary, welcoming submissions from history, social sciences, social policy and public policy amongst others.

Humanities Research Centre, University of York. Copyright: University of York

Humanities Research Centre, University of York.
Copyright: University of York

Papers will focus on new researchers’ experiences of using oral history methods within the field of voluntary action history research. As one of the organisers I am most looking forward to hearing about the range of projects oral history is being used for and talking to fellow PhD  students and early career academics about the nuts and bolts of how projects are carried out.

The event webpage including the call for papers can be found here. The deadline for abstracts is the 1st of December 2013.

As one of the co-organisers, if you have any queries you can leave a comment below, contact me on or you can email my fellow organiser, Bridget Lockyer,

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