Introduction : confronting mass atrocities in oral historical practice

Jessee, Erin and Pohlman, Annie (2013) Introduction : confronting mass atrocities in oral historical practice. Oral History Forum d'Histoire Orale, 33. ISSN 1482-5872

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    Abstract

    This special issue of Oral History Forum d’histoire orale thus aims to incite dialogue on these subjects by examining the conceptual, physical and mental challenges of carrying out oral history work on grievous abuses of human rights, and the attendant ethical and methodological dilemmas of documenting individuals’ and communities’ experiences of mass atrocities and their aftermath. The contributors explore the roles that oral historians and oral history practitioners can play during and after mass atrocities and evaluate their efforts to adapt oral history methodologies and practices in culturally appropriate and ethical ways. The articles in this special issue have a geographical focus on two regions of the world: Indonesia and the Great Lakes region of Africa.