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Listening on the Edge, edited by BUIOH Director Stephen Sloan, now available on Amazon!May 14, 2014
Baylor University Associate Professor of History and BUIOH Director Stephen Sloan, along with Curator and Oral Historian of the Historic New Orleans Collection Mark Cave, recently served as co-editors on a publication documenting the use of oral history to explore modern-day stories of crisis and disaster. Titled Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis and published by Oxford University Press, this effort is now available for purchase on Amazon HERE.
Listening on the Edge focuses on new perspectives of using oral history in emergent situations in the 21'st century. Included in the thirteen articles are excerpts of interviews detailing crises from around the world, followed by critical analyses and reflections by the interviewers. Topics include such flashpoints in recent history as 9/11, the Rwandan genocide, the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"This anthology reveals the breadth of the human experience of catastrophe through not only the stories of those who lived through disaster," Sloan notes, "but the reflections of the investigators seeking to understand not merely what happened, but the meaning that crisis holds in the life of an individual or community."