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Second AFS-OHA Webinar Focuses on Fieldwork and Digital Audio Technology

Monday, April 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

In partnership with AFS, the Oral History Association is hosting a webinar on Fieldwork and Digital Audio Technology: What to Know before You Go, with John Fenn (American Folklife Center) and Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), May 1, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm EST. 

This interactive webinar will provide beginning and seasoned fieldworkers alike with strategies and approaches for integrating digital audio capture technologies into their cultural documentation efforts, including options for remote audio capture that may serve those who can’t interview face to face.

Given the rapid rate at which digital technologies and equipment change in the consumer world, it can be challenging to figure out what you want versus what you need. From complex jargon to varying definitions of “quality” and “resolution,” there can be a lot to know—and it is easy to get lost in the world of audio recording options.

The webinar leaders will emphasize some of the key factors to be aware of when planning for the use of digital fieldwork equipment, and will offer a range of tips and questions to consider. We hope to demystify the process of choosing and using digital audio equipment for ethnographic fieldwork and oral history interviewing, so in addition to discussing some of the basic technological aspects we will discuss a few recording scenarios common to this type of work.

Social distancing complicates face-to-face interviewing and fieldwork activity that involves audio recording, so in light of the risks posed by the coronavirus/COVID-19 to fieldworkers and participants alike we will explore options for remote audio capture. We will try to account for smartphone-based options as well as those available via personal computers, including both asynchronous and real-time interviewing.

Free to OHA and AFS members. The nonmember fee is $75. Seating is limited so sign up soon.

OHA is managing registration for this event; to register, go to

AFS members can sign in to access this discount code and instructions for registering.

This is the second in a series of three AFS-sponsored webinars on “Making the Best of Remote Fieldwork." For more information about the series, see the AFS Review.

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