‘Social Distancing and Oral History’: An Online Panel Discussion

This event will take place via Zoom on Friday 19 June, 1.30-3pm.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced oral historians to suspend face-to-face interviews and consider new ways of continuing their research in an era of social distancing. While some oral historians have opted to suspend interviewing for now, others have begun interviewing remotely or have created new projects which seek to record and document the present crisis in a variety of formats. Whatever the approach, social distancing has created a range of challenges and new possibilities for oral history.

This panel discussion brings together a range of oral history practitioners, who will offer personal reflections on the impact of the present crisis. They will consider potential alternatives to face-to-face interviews, the challenges of interviewing in times of trauma, and the potential for oral histories of past events to contextualise modern day crises.

Each panellist will give a short presentation before opening the floor for a lively discussion and Q & A session led by the audience.


Olivia Dee (Newcastle University)

Ida Milne (Carlow College)

Clíona O’Carroll (UCC/Cork Folklore Project)

To attend this new online event please register your details using this link. When you have registered, a link to Zoom will be sent to you before the event takes place.

We look forward to seeing you online!