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RICCI, Amanda


Amanda Ricci recently defended her dissertation in the Department of History at McGill University. The project, entitled “Thereʼs No Place Like Home: Feminist Communities, Social Citizenship, and (Un)Belonging in Montrealʼs Long Womenʼs Movement, 1952-1992,” focuses on previously unexamined feminist histories, revealing how members of various Montreal-based womenʼs organizations envisioned, defined, and fought for emancipation and autonomy. She has presented her research at various conferences, including the Canadian Historical Association, the Congrès de lʼIHAF, the Pacific Branch of the American Historical Association, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She has published in Left History, and has forthcoming publications in Recherches amérindiennes du Québec as well as in the edited collection, Womenʼs Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories. Amanda Ricci is also a graduate of Université de Montréal (MA 2009) and Queenʼs University (BA 2007). She is a member of the Montreal History Group.

The Dilemmas of doing Oral History of Women's Political Movements

Building on her doctoral training, which included interviews with research subjects, she aims to hone her oral history interviewing techniques and familiarity with digital tools at Concordia Universityʼs Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling over the course of the next six months. She hopes to consider more intensely the meanings and methodologies behind community-engaged research with the goal of re-thinking her dissertation. During her time at Concordia, she will conduct more interviews of her research subjects (with institutional approval and the approval of research subjects). She will also lay the groundwork for a publication on the dilemmas of doing oral history of women's political movements, specifically questions surrounding intimacy, accountability, and insider/outsider status.



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