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2017 - Oral History Association Annual Meeting Words: 294 words || 
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1. Thiessen, Janis. "Beyond the History Factory: Using Oral History to Study the History of Business" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 04, 2017 <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1256190_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Business history is at a crossroads: should we focus on storytelling or traditional case studies? While de Jong, Higgins, and van Driel call for the maintenance of the traditional case study approach to business history (and for its reinvigoration by the application of “scientific explanation”), many scholars are more interested in the recent “narrative turn” in business history. Oral history is uniquely situated, I argue, to assist in this shift to narrative. Yet Canadian scholars have done much less than those in the UK and USA to incorporate oral history into business history research.

This paper will critically evaluate recent research – including my own – in the use of oral history to study the history of business. I have conducted more than 100 life history interviews to study small, privately held manufacturing firms in Canada. I use these life histories to investigate the creation and operation of an ethno-religious-based corporate mythology at three of Canada’s largest manufacturers in their sector, and to examine the history of Canadian snack food producers in light of current popular concerns regarding obesity.

My paper will place my research in the broader context of recent efforts in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to use oral history to study business history. These efforts include those of scholars such as Robert Perks and Carl Ryant, as well as organizations and commercial enterprises such as The History Factory, The Story Mill, and History Associates. While StoryCorps has been critiqued for “reinforc[ing] neoliberal values of competitive individualism” and “depoliticiz[ing] public discourse”, scholars have not yet analyzed The History Factory and their ilk. This paper will provide such an analysis, examining when and how oral history and storytelling should be used to study the history of business.

2017 - ASEEES Convention Words: 129 words || 
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2. Krizmanics, Réka. "My History, Our History: The Institutionalization of Popular History in Late-Socialist Hungary" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEEES Convention, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1266844_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The paper offers an insight into the links between “high” and popular historiography in late-socialist Hungary through the example of the popular historical journal História (published from 1979). It argues that the publication of the journal was a response to both political and popular demands. On the one hand, historians publishing in História were urged to present their findings in a way suitable for the purposes of people’s education. On the other hand, the journal sought to put forward alternative historical narratives to those promoted by flying universities or in the émigré literature, the popularity of which suggested that such accounts were in high demand. The paper also discusses ordinary readers’ contributions, in order to present the journal as a platform that was shaped by the readership as well.

2015 - The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Words: 254 words || 
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3. Manning Stevens, Scott. "Our History, Your History: National Museums and Indigenous Histories in North and South America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p979495_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: How are Indigenous communities and nations represented within the national historical narratives created by museums in North and South America? The past decades have seen some dramatic reevaluations of the institution of the museum throughout the Americas, especially in regards to displays and exhibits of Indigenous cultures. Numerous scholars have followed Linda Tuhiwai Smith and other Indigenous scholars’ call to ‘decolonize’ Indigenous research methodologies across academia and this in turn has had a direct impact on the field of museum studies. Attempts to address the imperial legacies of the museum have resulted in the creation of ‘tribal museums’ and cultural centers – and in some cases, such as with the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, attempt to reflect these changes in museum praxis at a national level. Both the US and New Zealand/Aotearoa are settler nation states, but what of the nation states of Latin America where Indigenous populations constitute half of the national population or a majority – such as in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia? My presentation looks comparatively at examples from the US and Peru. I compare differing approaches to the inclusion of Indigenous histories within the larger nation state histories being told at NMAI and the Museo de la Nacion and the Museo Nacional Arqueología, Antropología e Historia Perú (both in Lima). I choose these museums because the national museums of Bolivia and Guatemala are archaeological and do not consider the modern nation state.

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