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New Book: Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

 

A new collection edited by Steven High entitled Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence (UBC Press) has just been published. Among the contributors are a number of COHDS affiliates and alumni including Marie Pelletier, Liz Miller, Michele Luchs, Hank Greenspan, Stacey Zembrzycki, Yolande Cohen, Anna Sheftel, Sara Cohen-Fournier, and Arthur McIvor.

Survivors of terrible events are often portrayed as unsung heroes or tragic victims but rarely as complex human beings whose lives extend beyond the stories they have told. The contributors to Beyond Testimony and Trauma consider other ways to engage with survivors and their accounts based on valuable insights gained from their work on long-term oral history projects. While the contexts vary widely, they demonstrate that - through deep listening, long-term relationship building, and collaborative research design - it is possible to move beyond the problematic aspects of "testimony" to shine a light on the more nuanced lives of survivors of mass violence.  


 

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