Foodways Methodology: An Oral History Workshop

Teaching individuals how to conduct oral history fieldwork for foodways studies

Foodways Methods and Approaches to Oral History Fieldwork
May 20, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. CT
Hosted on Zoom
Cost: $20

This workshop teaches individuals how to conduct oral history fieldwork for foodways studies. Oral history and foodways are interdisciplinary practices that enrich scholarship by engaging with multiple disciplines. Life history narratives document and hold space for individuals, and they can tell us much about food history and culture. In this workshop, we will explore best practices for asking questions in an oral history interview. We will work together to develop question maps for oral histories through the lens of foodways scholarship. We’ll also discuss the visual and aural documentary practices that augment life history narratives for foodways-based oral histories. The workshop is geared towards individuals with some prior knowledge of the field of oral history.

The workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Please check your calendar before purchasing a ticket, as we are unable to offer refunds.


1-1:30 p.m.—Presentation: How to ask a Good Question: A guide to foodways oral histories

1:30-2:00 p.m.— Listening Exercises

2:00-2:30 p.m.—Presentation: Visual and Aural observation and documentary in oral history practice

2:30-3:00 p.m.— Question and Answer session

Event Presenters

Annemarie Anderson is the Southern Foodways Alliance oral historian. She earned a master’s degree in oral history from the University of Florida in 2017, as the first graduate of that program. She also received her bachelor’s degrees in English and history from UF.