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Applications Now Being Accepted for the Southern Foodways Alliance’s 2017 Oral History Workshop

Friday, March 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate

The Southern Foodways Alliance’s 2017 oral history workshop will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 16-22. Geared toward those who are new or moderately new to oral history methods and fieldwork, participants will think critically and creatively about the dissemination of oral histories and the impact recorded narratives have on communities and audiences.

This summer’s workshop will study and document stories along Buford Highway, collaborating with We Love BuHi, a nonprofit community organization that catalyzes and supports an inclusive and sustainable Buford Highway through creative place-making collaborations.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, professors, educators, and SFA members, participants will learn SFA-devised methods and approaches to oral history, audio recording skills and techniques, an intro to digital photography, and hear guest lecturers from documentarians and community organizations documenting Atlanta foodways. The week will culminate in the collection and processing of oral history interviews using foodways as a way to open the door to life stories and experiences.

We strongly encourage people of color to apply.

SFA documents stories of the diverse communities throughout the South, and we believe it to be equally important for oral historians to represent that diversity.

Workshop Details

Dates: July 16-22, 2017
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Application Deadline: March 24, 2017, 5 PM EST
Notification: By April 7, 2017


Cost of Workshop

Student Participants: There are no workshop tuition fees for students. Upon acceptance, a stipend will be provided to students. Traditionally these stipends have been up to $500 to offset the cost of travel and lodging.

Non-Student Participant Fees: $600 tuition fee for accepted applicants who are not currently enrolled in a college or university. Please note that travel, lodging, and meals are separate expenses and are the responsibility of participants.

Lodging/Travel/Food: Lodging options include dormitory-style suites that provide each participant with a private bedroom and bathroom. Transportation and food are the responsibility of the participants.


How to Apply

Applications will be selected by participant’s interest in oral history fieldwork and how they intend to use the information from the workshop after it concludes.


Workshop applications can be submitted here.


All applications must include:

  •  A current resume or CV
  •  Answers to the following questions:
  1. Tell us about your interest in oral history fieldwork.
  2. Why are you applying to the SFA workshop?
  3. What do you hope to learn at the workshop?
  4. How will you apply this training after the workshop ends?


Diversity Scholarships

Through the generous support of SFA member Edward Lee of Louisville, Kentucky, we are pleased to be able to offer two full scholarships to applicants of color who are currently enrolled in a college or university. These funds fully cover the workshop, travel, and lodging. To be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this interest in your application.


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