Panelists Theme 3 – Oral History 

Prof. Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow

Lynn Abrams is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, UK where she teaches women’s and gender history and oral history. She is the author of Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2016) and has published extensively utilising oral history research on themes addressing the female self, child welfare, social housing and masculinities. She is currently writing a book on Feminist Lives in postwar Britain and is leading a research project on the economy and culture of Scottish knitted textiles.

Prof. Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome

Alessandro Portelli (1942) has taught American Literature at the Universities of Rome and Siena. He has serrved as advisor on historical mmory to the Mayor of Rome and is the founder and president of the Circolo Gianni Bosio for the study of people’s cultures and oral history. Among his oral history works are The Death of Luigi Trastulloi. Form and Meaning in Oral History; The Order Has Been Carried Out 1999, Finnish translation Käski on Täyetetty. Historia, Muisti ja Verilöyly Roomassa 1944, 2012), They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History (2012).

Prof. Leyla Neyzi, Sabanci University

Leyla Neyzi is a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor in History at University of Glasgow. She is Professor (on leave) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Her recent publications include “National Education Meets Critical Pedagogy: Teaching Oral History in Turkey,” Oral History Review 46, 2 (Summer/Fall 2019): 380-400.  Leyla Neyzi is currently working on a book manuscript based on oral history research with Kurdish youth in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Dr. Kirsi-Maria Hytönen, University of Jyväskylä/HEX

Kirsi-Maria Hytönen works as a Research Fellow in the Department of History and Ethnology in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In recent years her studies have focused on experiences of child neglect in out-of-home-care. She has published articles on such topics as the ethics of research on traumatic childhood experiences, as well as oral history of childhood. Among her publications are “‘Cos I’m a Survivor:’ Narratives of coping and resilience in recollections of difficult childhood in post-war Finland” (Ethnologia Fennica, 45 (2018) together with Dr. Antti Malinen) and “Conducting Commissioned Research: The Finnish Inquiry on the Failures of Child Welfare, 1937–83” (Scandinavian Journal of History (2018) together with Prof. Pirjo Markkola and Dr. Antti Malinen). Her current project deals with meanings of parenthood in the life narrative of people who have lived in out-of-home-care in their childhood. Hytönen is also a member of HEX Tampere.