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Course studied: Thesis research

United Kingdom

More about Verusca

Thesis Title: Nottingham and the Oral History of the Asylums

Verusca Calabria's research interests are oral history and shared authority. She has worked as a professional Oral Historian in the education and voluntary sectors I have led more than 20 community-based oral history projects, and has taught oral history theory and practice in community settings and in universities.

Verusca is a Trustee of the Oral History Society and an Oral History Networker for the Nottinghamshire area, providing support and advice in the field of oral history to individuals and groups in the region.

PhD Research project: Nottingham and the Oral History of the Asylums

Verusca's PhD research project aims to capture the voices of older mental health service users who lived in mental hospitals and those of the staff that provided care, before these personal narratives are lost. The history of asylums has been deeply contested. The oral history fieldwork will be informed by participatory action research and it will focus on the centrality of relationships for individuals who received treatment and those who delivered it. The interviews and related artefacts will be deposited at Local Studies and Archives in Nottingham for future research.

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