Roundtable on the Importance of Oral History for Documenting Life Story Narratives of the Migration Experience: Re-launch of the Oral History Society Migration Special Interest Group

Date:  Thursday, 20th June:  4pm-7pm

Location:  University of East London Archives
Room DL.G.02, University of East London: Library and Learning Services, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London, E16 2RD


Event Details:

We are very pleased to be able to run this event as the re-launch of the Oral History Society Migration Special Interest Group during Refugee Week 2019 and the London Festival of Architecture.  This event is open to anyone with an interest in oral history and the role it must play in helping us to document, preserve and make accessible the narratives and stories of migration.

Our event will offer the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and practitioners who have worked with oral history projects in on migration and refugee issues.  It will also provide an opportunity to view selected exhibition and archival materials in the Archive room and the chance to network and discuss your own projects and contribute ideas on how we can develop the Migration SIG.

This event will be held at the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London.  UEL has been home to the Refugee Council Archive for over sixteen years now and the collection is developing into one of the largest collections in the UK focusing on refugee and migration experiences.  The archive now contains a growing number of collections focusing on issues of refugee and migration studies with an increasing focus on the role of oral history.  Recent archival deposits have included ‘Voices of Kosovo in Manchester (VOKIM)’ and `Gujarati Yatra.’


4pm-5.40pm:  Introductions followed by Panel Session with Short Presentations from each of the Panel followed by Questions.

Speakers including:

Louise Wong and Circle Steele, Crossing the Borders oral history project with the Wai Yin Society, Manchester.
Rolf Killius, Gujarati Yatra.
Judith Garfield, Eastside Community Heritage.
Dr. Annabelle Wilkins, Translating Asylum.
Marella Hoffman, Oral Historian and author of Asylum under
dreaming spires – Refugees’ lives in Cambridge today
and Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs.
Dr. Rumana Hashem, Research Fellow in Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick and Coordinator of the IASFM Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration and Refugees.
Paul Dudman, Archivist at UEL and Convenor of the OHS Migration Special Interest Group.

5.40pm-6.10pm: Comfort Break and a Chance to See the Exhibitions.

6.10pm-7pm: OHS Migration Special Interest Group Discussion and Plans for the Future.

Contact Details:

Paul V. Dudman, UEL Archivist, on : or 020 8223 7676

Websites:  OHS Migration SIG –

UEL Archives –

Twitter:  @OHSMigrationSIG