Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts

Lindsey Dodd, Sian Sullivan, Olivette Otele, Michele Baussant, Irene Dos Santos

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This working paper outlines the conceptual framework and case studies comprising the research project Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts. Our project proposes a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of experience and memory in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts. In the postconflict and colonial contexts of our cases, we see ‘disruption’ as present in three senses: as the productive ways in which multiple experiences retrieved through oral histories may refract and revise historical analysis; as the happening histories of objectively disruptive events break the flow of individual and collective experience; and as a strategy for cross-disciplinary research to disrupt and democratise conventional understanding by drawing attention to occluded experiences. We also articulate ‘recovery’ as polysemic: invoking retrieval of past experiences and the possibility for enhanced well-being through voicing memories that may have been suppressed, as well as attending to mismatches with public discourses about displaced groups and individual experience. Following an introduction to our conceptual approach, we summarise our proposed and on-going case-research. We are conducting oral history and archival research in multiple contexts, conducted from disciplinary bases in anthropology and history. Our aim is to interrogate relationships between oral histories and amateur histories with more formal written archives and historiography in a series of disrupted settings: evictions in colonial and apartheid west Namibia (Sullivan); memories and historical interpretations of the Egyptian Jewish diaspora (Baussant); the evacuation of children in Second World War France (Dodd); recent maritime exodus of migrants from Africa (Otele); and rupture from a hegemonic imperial-nostalgic narrative in Portugal (Dos Santos). Our case research will be complemented by systematic cross-case engagement, synthesis, theorisation and communication of case-study research, to be shared in the first instance through a future working paper.
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDisrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911126-06-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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NameDisrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series
No.1

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Oral History
History
Cross-disciplinary
Colonies
Communication
Conducting
Exodus
Namibia
Conceptual Framework
Africa
Voicing
Second World War
Recovery
Anthropology
Well-being
Research Projects
Historical Analysis
Rupture
France
Migrants

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Dodd, L., Sullivan, S., Otele, O., Baussant, M., & Dos Santos, I. (2018). Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series; No. 1). Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts.
Dodd, Lindsey ; Sullivan, Sian ; Otele, Olivette ; Baussant, Michele ; Dos Santos, Irene. / Disrupted histories, recovered pasts : a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts. Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts, 2018. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series; 1).
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Dodd, L, Sullivan, S, Otele, O, Baussant, M & Dos Santos, I 2018 'Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts' Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series, no. 1, Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts.

Disrupted histories, recovered pasts : a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts. / Dodd, Lindsey; Sullivan, Sian; Otele, Olivette; Baussant, Michele; Dos Santos, Irene.

Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts, 2018. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series; No. 1).

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Dodd L, Sullivan S, Otele O, Baussant M, Dos Santos I. Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts. Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts. 2018. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series; 1).