3rd Transnational Oral History Symposium/Masterclass
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Transnational Oral History Symposium and Masterclass is an international research event that live-streams in real-time research papers given by leading scholars situated on opposite sides of the Atlantic, one from the University of Plymouth, and the other from the University of Lethbridge's Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT) in Canada. Followed by a discussion facilitated by weblink between the audiences of scholars and students in both sites, the event aims to generate transnational dialogue and shared scholarly focus by overcoming distance through web technology.

This year's theme is epidemics and memory, a focus that is pertinent in 2019, since 100 years ago, an outbreak of Spanish influenza became one of the deadliest global pandemics, killing some 50 million worldwide. 

We are very pleased to welcome two scholars whose work is highly acclaimed and award-winning. Presenting to a live audience in Plymouth and live-streamed to Lethbridge, Canada is Dr Ida Milne, visiting us from Carlow College (Ireland). Her recent book Stacking Coffins: Influenza, War, and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-1919 (University of Manchester Press, 2018) has been praised as the 'definitive study'. Presenting at the Centre for Oral History and Tradition in the University of Lethbridge (Canada), and live-streamed to us in Plymouth will be Professor Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba), whose medical-history research is award winning. 

The Transnational Oral History Symposium and Masterclass is now in its third year, and is part of a research/teaching/outreach collaboration between the University of Plymouth - History and University of Lethbridge (COHT, Canada).


There will be two papers presented, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

  • 'What is an Epidemic? Influenza, Memory, and Oral History' Paper live-streamed from the University of Lethbridge as part of this event. By Professor Elsytt Jones (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • 'Memory across generations - the Spanish Influenza 1919'  Paper delivered at University of Plymouth, live-streamed to the University of Lethbridge. By Dr Ida Milne (Carlow College, Ireland)


  • Staff and students are all welcome to this event.
  • Registration is not required. However, please let Darren Aoki know if you'd like to attend (email darren.j.aoki@plymouth.ac.uk). If you would like more background of the topics to be discussed in advance, readings are available.


The Transnational Oral History Web Symposium is hosted and organised by:

  • University of Plymouth - History/Oral History - Dr Darren J Aoki
  • Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT) - University of Lethbridge Canada - Professor Carol Williams.

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