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From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive.

In this Oral History NSW seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The session will be chaired by Kate Waters – an experienced professional historian with expertise in ethical approaches to conducting oral history interviews with Aboriginal communities.

Topics covered include:

  • Consulting and collaborating with Indigenous interviewees
  • Working with Indigenous communities
  • Ethical issues and ownership of the interviews
  • Sharing stories, culture, and history
  • Engaging with intimate and sensitive topics
  • Establishing relationships based on mutual respect and reciprocity

Drawing on the speakers’ diverse experiences, this seminar is for anyone interested in oral history work with members of Indigenous communities.

When: Saturday 29 July 2017, 11am-12.45pm (morning tea from 10.30am)
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Oral History NSW members: $20, General $30. Register online here, or at the link below.

For all enquiries please contact Cheryl Ware at