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Oral history offers an incredibly diverse field centered around the firm belief that the stories of people matter and should be heard and preserved. Individual experiences, narrated in ones their own words, are powerful. They allow people to reflect on their past and present, delve into the operations of living memory, and speak to future researchers, educators, and interested parties. My role is to promote oral history at Emory and in Atlanta through workshops, consultations, partnerships, and project development. At the Emory Oral History Program, we aim to continually expand our efforts as oral history creators and simultaneously contribute to the oral history community at Emory University and beyond.
Scott is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His work focuses on the intersection of science, culture, and history in the Arctic. He looks at local and transnational climate science in Greenland, examining how different groups of researchers think about the future of the environment and make their work meaningful in the context of contemporary Greenlandic life and politics. He is committed to the use of oral histories in his research and teaching, believing that the stories of individuals can shed light on global processes and history in the making. Scott joined EOHP in 2019 and is interested in developing partnerships and off-campus to continue building the archive and our understandings of Atlanta and the Emory Community.
I am a sociology and psychology double major. I became a part of the Emory Oral History Program team because I believe oral history gives a voice to many people, often from underrepresented groups, and allows them to take control of their own narratives. Since being a part of EOHP, I have loved the opportunity to learn more about oral history and our broader Emory community.
As a member of the Emory Oral History Program, I am interested in individual and community narratives that illustrate the complex ways in which identity, culture, and memory meet. I aim to facilitate a path forstories unnoticed by the mainstream media and traditional research approaches. Since joining the program in 2019, I have been working with team members to broaden our connection both on and off-campus at Emory University and to develop appropriateapproaches for conducting interviews and collecting narratives. My experience in doing ethnography among minority ethno-religious groups in the Middle East has provided me with skills and knowledge I can apply to the program.
Dian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She/They also got a MPhil in History in Hong Kong and learned oral history methods and theories. As a feminist and queer activist in China for more than 10 years, Dian’s current work also focuses on revealing the underrepresented voices of the marginalized. Her/their dissertation explores how Chinese-speaking activists and scholars from different regions contribute to form the transnational activism of “lala” (a Chinese term for queer women including lesbian, bisexual and women-loving transgender and intersex people). The oral history of the Sinophone lala community consists a significant part in this research. Dian is committed to the use of oral histories in both her/their research and teaching. She/They believe that personal narratives and stories are powerful as they form the collective memory of an era and help everyone understand history from a unique perspective. Dian joined EOHP in 2021 and is interested in enhancing the accessibility of our current projects for the Chinese-speaking community in Emory and Atlanta areas.
I joined the Emory Oral History Program because I believe that everyone’s perspective and experiences are valuable and the EOHP provides a place for that to be preserved. This is a place where those who are often underrepresented can leave their voice in history, and I think that is powerful!