National Oral History Project (henceforth - NOH) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia
Project director: Dr. Ieva Garda-Rozenberga (CV), Dr. Vieda Shelley (CV)
Coordinator: Māra Zirnīte (CV)
Work group: Dr. Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla (CV), Dace Bormane, Maija Krūmiņa (CV), Maruta Pranka, Edmunds Šūpulis (CV), Kaspars Zellis
Address: Kalpaka bulvāris 4-325, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Tel. +371 67034522
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Vieda Shelley (Skultans), PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Bristol, has joined the NOH research group at the Institute of Philosophy and sociology for the preparation of a new OH research project Ethnic and Narrative Diversity in the Construction of Life Stories in Latvia. V. Shelley monographies: (2011, first edition 2007) Empathy and Healing. Essays in Medical and Narrative Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berghahn, 282 p.; (1998) The Testimony of Lives. Narrative and Memory in Post Soviet Latvia. London and New York: Routledge, 217 p.
NOH academic activities are characterized by a rapid growth in the number of publications of research group members, active participation in international conferences, supplementation of OH Archive sources and modernization of the database. About 3500 life stories form the unique database of people’s experience and memory about the complicated XX century show the ways of inheriting and transforming values in society.
NOH researchers have actively participated in the most important international gatherings in the field (European Sociological Association Biographical Research Centre congresses, World Oral History Association congresses, Northern State Oral History Research symposia) and have also arranged the international conference Oral History: Dialog with Society, March 29-30, University of Latvia, Riga.