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Instructor Info:Wilson Valentin-Escobar
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TA Info:Brittni Hayes
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Wednesday
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
Description: This two-semester seminar discusses, theorizes, and illuminates the importance of oral history (the recording of life experiences) for silenced communities alienated from prevailing historical discourses. Oral history allows us to look at history from "below," to acquire "new ways of seeing," and to delineate new epistemologies. Some of the questions that guided the course include: Who makes history? Why have certain individuals been studied while others ignored? How does this shape the production of knowledge, our understanding of the past and the analysis of experience and thus challenge what Michel Foucault calls a "regime of truth"? Why have the meanings of particular events been diminished? How do particular identities complicate the writing and interpretation of history? How do particular social factors shape historical knowledge? How does historical memory affect the reading of the past? By the end of the spring term, each student is expected to produce an extensive oral history analytical research paper. Interdisciplinary/Multi-media projects that incorporate the performing arts are also welcome.