Winter 2020 Call for Participation

Speaking of Art: Artist Interviews in Scholarship and Practice began as a series of roundtable discussions in the University of Chicago Department of Art History in winter 2018. Last spring, we hosted an intensive oral history workshop for graduate students in the humanities. This workshop provides a forum for learning practical skills and methods for interview-based research, as well as reflecting on these methods from a more theoretical perspective. Graduate students, faculty, and occasional visitors may present their projects in progress, with an emphasis on methodological approaches to working with living subjects and the translations that occur from interview to transcript to writing. This workshop is necessarily interdisciplinary, and is geared toward scholars conducting interview-based research in fields that do not necessarily privilege these modes of fieldwork, such as art history and practice, music history and theory, film and media studies, history, and literature.

This Winter 2020, we will meet on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm over lunch in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) room 156. Calendar TBA.

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out this form. We welcome formal and informal presentations as well as more experimental, interactive, or collaborative sessions. All are welcome to apply, but please keep in mind that we can only host up to 7 sessions and priority will be given to current UChicago PhD students.

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop co-coordinators, Sophie Lynch ( and Zsofi Valyi-Nagy (


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