Monday, October 19, 2015

Oral history and Institutional Review Boards

Interesting, puzzling article here on how the academic regulations in the United States that control how research on human subjects must be conducted have made oral history -- and most forms of interviewing, it seems -- practically impossible. The article suggests the offending regs are being changed; the comments suggest not so.

Is this really a thing oral historians deal with? I thought the real ethical problem was when oral historians  gave promises of confidentiality, and then institutional authorities overrode them, because global war on terrorism.

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