In this presentation, oral historian, writer and editor Caren Wilton talks about using oral history – ‘history from below’ – to document what can seem to be a secret or hidden world, and telling stories that are both extraordinary and ordinary.
Her book 'My Body, My Business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change’ is a collection of intimate portraits of New Zealand sex workers, based on her series of oral-history interviews carried out over a nine-year period.
Recorded live at the National Library of New Zealand, 3 April 2019.
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Te Mana O Te Reo Māori
Unpacking the Suitcase
Māori women and the armed forces in WWII
Inside the Bubble
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‘Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance’
Wairoa Lockout: an oral history
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This Mortal Boy
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The Hidden Women of the Public Stage
Ocean: tales of voyaging and encounter that defined New Zealand
The Saving of Old St Paul's
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