Event Date: 6 November 2012
Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Alessandro Portelli (La Sapienza University of Rome) – Reflecting on a life in progress and the stories of oral history
Alessandro Portelli has played a leading role in transforming oral history. Through a number of key studies, he has promoted an appreciation of oral history as a literary genre that throws light on the significance of subjectivity in history. By interpreting the themes and structures of eyewitness testimony, Portelli has consistently demonstrated new ways of understanding memory. In this lecture Portelli reflects on his work to date, illustrating his intellectual journey with reference to the stories of the personal, and the historical, victories and defeats that have inspired his critical contribution.
Introduction by Professor Paul Layzell (Principal, Royal Holloway).