Chronicle

The Past (Not) Overcome
23 October 2015

For the second time this fall, oral historians from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Moldova, and Russia got together to discuss their ideas, share their doubts, and plan future cooperation: on October 8-9, Odesa hosted the International Conference “Oral History of the Past (Not) Overcome: Event – Narrative - Interpretation”.

Can oral history become a catalyst for social change? This question became the focus of the session “Oral History as a Research Project/ Public Initiative: Challenges and Benefits of (Co)Working”. Researchers from Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland shared their experience of implementing projects where the narrator is not a tool for receiving information, but rather the main recipient subject of the produced interview. This session also featured a presentation of the Center for Urban History’s experience made by Natalia Otrishchenko, project manager of UStories. Her impressions of the conference are available at the following link: http://oralhistory.com.ua/novini/akadem-zhittya/usna-istorija-nepodolanogo-mynulogo-pravo-na-spogady.html