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Oral History at the Crossroads

Sharing Life Stories of Survival and Displacement

Over the span of seven years, hundreds of people displaced by mass violence told their stories to the Montreal Life Stories project. From the outset, the project’s organizers sought to develop an alternative model to traditional oral history practice, one where community members “shared authority” as equal partners. Together, they challenged long-held beliefs about how oral stories should be collected and shared. As a sustained reflection on this large-scale experiment in collaborative research, Oral History at the Crossroads has methodological and ethical implications for scholars. It also provides a contemporary model for curating public history, pushing the field in new directions.

456 pages

Table of Contents


Part 1: Mutual Sightings

1 Interviewing Survivors

2 A Flower in the River

3 Bearing Witness

4 Regenerative Possibilities

5 Remembering Haiti

6 Smile through the Tears

Part 2: Curating Life Stories

7 Sharing Stories

8 Walking the City

9 Oral History and Performance

10 Blurred Boundaries






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