Join the editors of In Context Journal and the Columbia Oral History Student Association for a night of brainstorming, collaborating, snacks, and libations. Bring your ideas in the form of a “pitch.” What’s the big picture? What’s your medium? What makes your idea special? In Context Journal will help you hone your idea and possibly prepare it for submission to a future issue.
Passion projects, field notes, photos, or academic papers–––all mediums welcome.
Early-stage pitches... welcome too!
For an idea of what we’ve published, check out our first issue, QUESTIONS.
A gift of an interview. A barter within a community. A shift in power. “Exchange”—the theme of In Context Journal’s second issue—can mean many things. We want to know what it means to you. How do you exchange? Why do you exchange? What types of exchange do you engage in or witness in your work? What exchanges have had meaning for you? What exchanges have you found unjust? How do you protest exchange? We encourage our contributors to not only think outside the box, but challen...ge its dimensions, shape, and boundaries. We invite you to submit any type of visual, audio, and textual works that resonate with the mission of In Context Journal.
Submissions can be of any medium, length, and/or file size; however, if you plan to send us a file larger than 25MB, please email us with a project description first. In Context Journal particularly encourages the exploration of innovative angles of consideration and reflection. We also accept submissions that have been published previously, as well as compelling works in progress. In acknowledgment of the best ethical practices in oral history, please submit content only if appropriate permissions for your sources have been obtained. Currently, we do not offer compensation for publication. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2016.
Have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit that’s outside our current theme?
Send us your pitch. Please share your idea in a paragraph or two, explaining the content, medium (text, image, video, sound, etc), and oral historical themes you aim to touch on in the final work. If your piece requires access to a particular person, archive, or event, please explain how such access will be possible. Estimations of word count and/or duration of media greatly assist us in our planning.
Our hearts are heavy but our vision is clear: listening is a critically important act. In Leyla Vural's exploration of Jill Stauffer's "Ethical Loneliness," we identify and face our limits:
"If a narrator is to be able to tell her story on her own terms, the interviewer has to 'make an effort to create a setting where people can draw their own lines and make their own decisions about it. If we don’t begin at a minimum with this, the project of what Stauffer calls 'just hearing' is doomed. Stauffer means 'just' in both senses: simply listening and giving a fair hearing to. But as she illustrates, there’s nothing simple about the act of listening."
Some listening for your Friday!
"There are some challenges faced by everyday people who live in New Orleans that were not addressed...." The latest episode of The Listening Post, hosted by In Context Journal contributor Jesse Hardman, airs on WWNO, and brings in voices of New Orleans community members on development projects around the city - listen here: https://soundcloud.com/listening-post-n…/lpdevelopment110216
The Listening Post is "a project that creates an expansive c...onversation around New Orleans about what’s happening in the city, and how that news impacts citizens. The project focuses on marginalized communities that are often spoken for by the media, without an opportunity to represent themselves."
Read Jesse's piece, "Planting Questions in New Orleans," at the link.
Happy Friday from ICJ! Here's some viewing for your weekend - an experimental film from Jacob J. Podber, whom we had the great pleasure of meeting at the Oral History Association annual meeting last week.
"Vishneva, Belarus Soviet Union Poland, is grounded in the oral history testimony of a Holocaust survivor and has been deconstructed by the interviewee’s son. Unlike most oral histories that focus on the words of the interviewee, Vishneva uses silent images from the interview superimposed with typed memories that describe the unspoken pain borne by father and son through more than half a century."
"Our origin story starts with a gripe ...."
Hey oral history folks! If you'll be at the OHA in Long Beach this week, come toast the launch of In Context Journal on Friday evening at a happy hour with Columbia University Oral History Masters Program and Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change! We'll see you there!
Come celebrate the launch of In Context Journal! We'll be joining the Columbia University Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) and Groundswell happy hour at Rock Bottom Brewery. Come raise a glass with us!
Our first issue is here! Issue 1, Questions, has something for everyone: a short experimental film, a song, a painted portrait, an audio documentary, an excerpt from a graphic memoir, and thoughtful essays and reviews. United by our inaugural theme, each contribution explores how openness and experimentation propel and shape our work as documentarians, journalists, activists, oral historians, scholars, and artists. Thank you to our thoughtful, creative and intrepid contributors for their work, and to you, our audience, for reading, listening, watching, and sharing.