Oral History

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I am an experienced oral history interviewer. Between 2011-2014 I led the NSW Government Printing Office Oral History Project as part of my PhD research, which resulted in the book Hot Metal: Material Culture and Tangible Labour. In 2016 I initiated the Reshaping Australian Manufacturing oral history project (2017-2019) in partnership with the National Library of Australia. My DECRA fellowship also involves undertaking a new set of oral history interviews in partnership with the National Library of Australia (2021-2024). I hope to start interviews in late 2021, pending lockdowns, border closures, etc. I am regularly involved in public forums and discussions regarding oral history methods and interpretation, with Oral History NSW and the Australian Centre for Public History.

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Relevant Publications, re: oral history theory & practice:

Stein, JA 2022, Industrial Craft in Australia: Oral Histories of Creativity & Survival (Palgrave Macmillan).

Stein, JA, 2022, ‘The Historian as Document Producer: A Critical Reflection on the Production of Oral History Timed Summaries’, in K. Biber, P. Vaughan & T. Luker (eds), Law’s Documents: Materiality, Authority, Aesthetics, Routledge, London.

Stein, JA, and Rowden, E, 2019, ‘Architecture from the Inside: Challenging the Myths of Architectural History through the Oral Histories of Maitland Gaol’, in Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Researchin Janina GosseyeNaomi Stead and Deborah van der Plaat (eds), Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 28-49.

Stein, JA 2014, ‘The co-construction of spatial memory: Enriching architectural histories of “ordinary” buildings’Fabrications, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 178-97. DOI: 1080/10331867.2014.961222.

Stein, JA 2013, ‘“That was a posed photo”: Reflections on the process of combining oral histories with institutional photographs’Oral History Association of Australia Journal, vol. 35, pp. 49–57.

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