The following article contends with what began as a Master’s Thesis project and performance that used an experimental and bi-methodological approach of “critical oral history performance” and “performance as research” in order to produce and analyze the oral histories of two Latina women who migrated via México during pregnancy as “undocumented” subjects. This method was then again used for another oral history performance project that centered on the narrative of an undocumented queer (lesbian) woman from Guatemala. Here, however, I explicate, in-depth, the experience of performing oral history work, focusing on my initial performance in 2011. By taking the time to explain the “why” of this work in its methodological and ethical force, I gesture towards the methodological possibility of oral history performance through performance art.
Chavez, Daniel B.
"Oral History and Performance as Research (PAR): “Undocumented” Narratives Documenting Lived Experience,"
Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research:
Vol. 14, Article 7.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope/vol14/iss1/7