2 Adjunct Instructor Positions Open at Columbia University.
FALL 2017 | ORAL HISTORY, VISUAL STORYTELLING & DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
The Oral History, Visual Storytelling & Documentary Production will do the following:
- Introduce students to the creative and technical skills required to produce digital storytelling or short-form documentary work within an oral history framework. This includes training in audio and video recording, editing and final production.
- Engage with the ethical and creative dilemmas and opportunities of using oral histories as source material for a documentary work; lead students in developing an oral history approach to their own multimedia and documentary work.
- Guide students through the process of conceptualizing and creating visual multimedia presentations and mini-documentaries.
Applicants should send the following, as a single document, with the subject heading Oral History/Documentary to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2017:
- Letter of interest
- Teaching statement
- Samples of multimedia/documentary work (3 samples)
- Sample course outline – this need not be a complete syllabus, but should give a general sense of how you would structure and approach the course.
SPRING 2018 | HUMAN RIGHTS & ORAL HISTORY: TESTIMONY, MEMORY, AND TRAUMA
Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma will provide an introduction to the use of oral history methods in the context of human rights work, with a specific focus on ‘dealing with the past.’ This course will be offered jointly with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
Oral history can be a powerful tool to document human rights abuses, just as it can contribute to conflict transformation processes and even the prevention of future violence. With its commitment to long-form, biographical interviewing and archival preservation, oral history is distinctive from, for example, the collection of testimony in a court of law or through a truth and reconciliation process.
Oral history allows scholars and advocates to make sense of the traumatic experiences of human rights violations and past violence within the broader context of a life, a historical trajectory, a cultural setting. It can also contribute to the work of historical dialogue in terms of its ability to stretch beyond official narratives, to dispel national myths, to create empathy for voices that come from opposing sides of a conflict.
However, using oral history within a human rights framework also presents real challenges: How can individual experiences be deployed as evidence? How do we take into account the complex interrelations of trauma, memory, and narrative? How are we to understand the relationship between collective and individual identity in this medium? How do we balance the needs of the narrator with the needs of society.
Understanding that the past plays a major role in the implementation of current human rights, how can we think of oral history as a mechanism of engagement with victims and perpetrators and the processes of ‘coming to terms with the past’ without suggesting a moral equivalency between these groups?
This course will consider these questions and related topics that focus on oral history methodologies and how they might be used in conflict and post-conflict societies as a tool of conflict transformation, democracy promotion or ‘dealing with the past.’
Applicants should send the following, as a single document, with the subject heading Oral History/Human Rights to email@example.com by April 15, 2017:
- Letter of interest
- Teaching statement
- Sample course outline – this need not be a complete syllabus, but should give a general sense of how you would approach the course.
Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in the field of oral history, the first program of its kind. Our mission is to train the next generation of oral historians to deploy our deep traditions of ethical, creative, and rigorous oral history practice to meet the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s changing worlds. Through the collection, archiving, and analysis of individual, community, and institutional histories, we preserve the critical first-person narratives that capture the spirit of our society for generations to come.
Jointly run by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR), one of the preeminent oral history centers in the world, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), a lively hub for transdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, OHMA connects students with both the intellectual resources of a major research university, and the intimate society of a small cohort of talented students.
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