Oral History interests me. I am intrigued by the richness of the stories that people tell about the past and by how these stories help us to develop a fuller and more complex understanding of our history. Oral Histories are particularly important when we are exploring hidden histories and marginalised communities. They help to reveal the history that might otherwise remain invisible.
My interest in oral history, and in the history of the lesbian and gay communities in Cork, has recently been reawakened. When I carried out oral history interviews in the past I used a tape recorder and then transcribed the interviews – a slow and laborious task. Technology has advanced significantly since then and I realised I needed to up skill to do this work more effectively. Continue reading
I have been interested in lesbian and gay history for some time. As an active participant in the Cork lesbian community since the 1980s I have really appreciated being part of such a vibrant, active and politically aware community. As well as campaigning for lesbian and gay rights and providing services and supports to LGBT people, the lesbian and gay community has played a vital role in movements for social justice and political change in Cork.
Yet this community, like many other LGBT communities worldwide, has been largely invisible in historical accounts and its contribution to social and political change and developments largely unacknowledged. Continue reading
I’ve been doing some reading lately on digital history. Of particular interest has been:
Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rozenzweig Digital History A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web PENN, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2006
In this book Cohen and Rozenzwieg explore how “new media and new technologies have challenged historians to rethink the ways that they research, write, present, and teach about the past.” (2) Continue reading
One of the most important things I have learned so far in this course is the value of collaboration. Working together facilitates the sharing of skills and resources and provides support and encouragement which increases creativity and productivity. We’re a very interesting bunch of people doing this course. Working together is stimulating, stretching and fun.
Doing It Differently and the value of collaboration – that’s what I’m taking so far as the key to Digital Arts and Humanities.
But yet we are doing this is an institution which, like so many higher education institutions, is often uncomfortable with doing things differently and where there is an inherent distrust of collaboration amongst students. In some circles within this institution, collaboration and plagiarism are seen as synonymous, as one and the same thing. If two students are to work together on a project this is seen as cheating or, or at the very least, as of significantly less value than individual work done in isolation and secrecy. Continue reading