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Work-study Opportunity: LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Assistant


Submitted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Deadline to apply is August 30, 2019

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory connects over 200 life stories with new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. The Collaboratory is seeking one-two work-study students from any U of T campus for the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants ideally will have familiarity with LGBTQ studies and history, oral history, audio/video recording, and/or digital history. As needed, successful applicants will receive training regarding oral history practice; digital history; and Omeka. Depending on the project, some of the work may take place at the following locations: UTM, UTSG, and/or The ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) in downtown Toronto.

Our main focus in the Fall of 2019 will be on supporting two new oral history projects. The main focus is a new class and oral history project having to do with queer and trans life in Mississauga and at the UTM campus, scheduled for Spring term 2020. For this reason, applicants must be willing to come to UTM for some of the work-study hours, especially in Spring 2020. The work-study student will help Prof. Brown in recruiting narrators; liaisoning with the alumni office; creating an ethics protocol; liaisoning with UTM digital scholarship librarians; assisting students as need be with the oral histories in Spring 2020; and in cataloguing and archiving the oral histories. A second oral history project concerns trans oral history in the US and Canada, beginning in September 2019. Students may be involved with this project as well. In addition the work study student will take responsibility for website updating and social media posting for the Collaboratory.

For more information about the Collaboratory, see: http://lgbtqdigitalcollaboratory.org/

Eligibility: Domestic undergraduate and graduate degree students enrolled in at least 40% course load continuously from September to April, totaling at least 2.0 credits (e.g. the minimum would be 0.5 credits in one session and 1.5 credits in the other). International students are subject to additional eligibility criteria.

To apply: 1) send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and Fall 2019 course schedule to Elspeth.brown@utoronto.ca by August 30th; hiring will take place as soon as a suitable candidate is found).

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