Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop I: Oral History of Reading Experiences – Projects and Databases

Time: Monday June 18, 10:00–13:00
Address: Historica H306, University of Jyväskylä
Contacts and registration: Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, kirsti.salmi-niklander@helsinki.fi
and Tuija Laine, tuija.laine@helsinki.fi

Projects and databases related to reading experiences and oral history methodology will be presented and discussed in the workshop. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on experimenting with reading experience databases from Finland, France and the UK.

The workshop is sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).

10:00–10.15 Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (University of Helsinki): Finnish Research of Oral History of Reading Experiences
10:15–10:45 Tuija Laine (University of Helsinki): Finnish Databases of Books and Reading Experiences:

HENRIK Database
Distribution of books in Finland before 1850
Finnish version of RED (Reading Experience Database)
10:45–11:15 Brigitte Ouvry-Vial and Francois Vignale (Le Mans Université): READ-IT (Reading Europe Advanced Data Investigation Tool)
11:15–11:45 Shelley Trower (University of Roehampton): Presentation of the Memories of Fiction Project
11:45–12:15 Natalia Starostina (Young Harris College): Reading, Normativity and the Construction of the Otherness Trough the Lenses of Disability Studies

12:15–12:30  Silja Juopperi and Ilona Savolainen (University of Tampere) present plans for a web-based course on reading experiences
12:30–13:00 Discussion and hands-on experiments with databases

Workshop II: Particularities of Interviewing Traumatized People

Time: Monday June 18, 10:00–13:00
Address: Historica H320, University of Jyväskylä
Contacts: Selma Leydesdorff, s.leijdesdorff@uva.nl
Registration: Antti Malinen, antti.malinen@uta.fi

The workshop discusses and explores the challenges of interviewing people with traumatic experiences. A rapidly growing number of oral historians have gained experience of working with traumatized interviewees, but these various projects have not so far stimulated significant discussion.

After an introduction by Professor Selma Leydesdorff, who has published extensively on interviewing traumatized subjects, several experienced oral history researchers will share their experiences of working with trauma interviews and sensitive topics. The working assumption is that the oral historian is not a psychologist or therapist but has a different task.

10:00–10:30 Selma Leydesdorff (University of Amsterdam): To Avoid Painful Stories in an Interview by Telling a Standard Story

10:30–10:45 Sean Field (University of Cape Town): “What Can I Do when the Interviewee Cries?” Positive Silences

10:45–11:00 Martha Norkunas (Middle Tennessee State University): Uneasy Listening

11:00–11:15 Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto (University of Jyväskylä): Trauma on Several Sides: Lapland During the Second World War

11:15–11:30 Albert Lichtblau (University of Salzburg): Trauma Is More Than Words. Representation on Video.

11:30–11:45 Break

11:45-13:00 Discussion