Beyond Testimony and Trauma

Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

Edited by Steven High

  • Published: November 2015
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 388 pp., 7 photos, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Survivors of terrible events are often portrayed as unsung heroes or tragic victims but rarely as complex human beings whose lives extend beyond the stories they have told. The contributors to Beyond Testimony and Trauma consider other ways to engage with survivors and their accounts based on valuable insights gained from their work on long-term oral history projects. While the contexts vary widely, they demonstrate that - through deep listening, long-term relationship building, and collaborative research design - it is possible to move beyond the problematic aspects of "testimony" to shine a light on the more nuanced lives of survivors of mass violence.
Steven High is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Oral History at Concordia University.