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Our understanding of the history of disasters, wars and epidemics can be greatly enhanced by listening to the memories of survivors. And yet, recalling and recording memories of traumatic experiences can be challenging for both interviewee and interviewer. In this seminar, Oral History NSW explores the practice of interviewing survivors of trauma.

A panel of speakers will share stories from their research and reflect on the challenges involved when interviews explore painful memories. On the panel are Robert Reynolds, an experienced oral historian currently researching the Australian response to HIV/AIDS, the State Library of NSW’s Alison Wishart, who has recorded interviews with Australian armed services personnel serving in Afghanistan, and social geographer Christine Eriksen, whose research examines the social dimensions of natural disasters. The panel will be chaired by Oral History NSW Vice President Scott McKinnon.

When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $20 Oral History NSW Members, $30 General
Contact: Scott McKinnon

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Image: In an elephant iron dugout on Hill 60, by Capt. F. Hurley, August 1917- August 1918, courtesy State Library of NSW.