Oral History Of Oral And Oral History Essay

1559 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Oral History Interview Project
Oral history is the oldest type of historical inquiry, and one of the most modern. It is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving, and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. (Oral history association, 2012) So basically there is an interviewer asking an interviewee about his experiences in his life, and the interview can serve for many purposes. For this project, the interview was for us to see how aging truly affects someone and there’s no better way to do that than to interview someone who has experienced life already. To quote Alessandro Portelli, one of oral history 's most thoughtful practitioners, "Oral history . . . refers [to] what the source [i.e., the narrator] and the historian [i.e. the interviewer] do together at the moment of their encounter in the interview."
For my oral history project, I choose to do it over my dad, Edin Sabanovic. My family is spread out throughout the whole world, ranging from Florida going all the way to Germany. So doing this project over my dad was pretty ironic, because in my opinion, he is just as childish if not more childish than me. However, his life has been nothing but adventure and thrill, and getting to do this project over him was a true pleasure. He was born in Bosnia, a country on the Southeastern Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe. He was born on January 6th, 1963. So he’s one of the youngest ones being presented…

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