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The Global History Dialogues is an applied history blended-learning course that employs online and offline teaching and learning environments to bring together Potsdam students with learners on different campuses around the world, through the Princeton Global History Lab (https://ghl.princeton.edu). The GHL currently brings together learners from more than twenty organizations around the world (for a list of the 2021-22 partners, see here https://ghl.princeton.edu/about-us/worldwide-partnerships). Students are being trained in oral historical methods to conduct their own history research projects and discuss the results within the class, during a digital international student conference (for last year’s see https://ghl.princeton.edu/hd-border-crossing-conference) and as a blog post on https://globalhistorydialogues.org. The topics that students choose to research are taken from their own surroundings, employing their local expertise in finding oral history interview partners to tell a global story about border corssing. The seminar sessions will take place in presence in Potsdam, an online learning platform is used to connect the Potsdam learners with the global parts of the course. The transnational, digital setup helps students not only access the class discussions and see topics from the perspectives of their diverse classmates, but also to problem solve together and gain confidence and facility interacting in a digital and international environment.
Students will gain:
• The opportunity to conduct their own research project from research idea to presentation and publication
• Experience in project design and implementation
• Understanding of and skills in oral history research methods and research ethics
• Intercultural exchange of ideas and reflection about global history narratives
For more information, please watch the short explainer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slw7kTNUyTY&feature=youtu.be by Professor Schenck. This video also gives you a good feel for what proviso students have done in the course: https://youtu.be/4BaO62q5DbU
NB: To take this class, please send an email as soon as possible to Johanna Wetzel (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will guide you through the process of signing onto the course platform.
Abrams, L. (2010). Oral History Theory. London New York, Routledge.
De Blasio, D., Charles F. Ganzert, David H. Mould, Stephen H. Paschen, Howard L. Sacks, Ed. (2009). Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History. Athens, OH, Swallow Press / Ohio
Yow, V. (1995). "Ethics and Interpersonal Relationships in Oral History Research." The Oral History Review 22(1): 51-66.
Students are expected to write regular brief reading responses, design their own research project, undertake fieldwork and produce and present a final paper at an international student conference and on the history dialogues project website. The scope of the final paper is determined by the regulations in the students' Studienordnungen.
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