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Editor's Introduction

In this second issue of Volume 44 of the Oral History Review, the editors are pleased to publish a set of articles that reflect the increasing internationalization of the journal. The issue begins in Brazil, as Oscar de la Torre uses oral histories about slavery and the postemancipation period to explore the "good master narrative" and its contemporary meaning. We then move to the western coast of Australia, where Andrea Gaynor and Joy McCann deploy the concept of a "responsible anthropomorphism" to raise ethical issues regarding human relationships with marine environments and animals. Our next stop—Costa Rica—is the venue for Atalia Shragai to consider a narrative of what she calls "coincidental migration" which US ex patriots used to explain and justify their privileged status in Costa Rica in the face of growing criticism of the US presence in that country. Amber Abbas then takes us to the Indian subcontinent for an examination of memories of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan; she examines the way those memories reveal a "fear of not belonging" among Muslims who remained in India after 1947, especially in light of a rising Hindu nationalism in an India officially committed to secularism. We end with Erin Jessee's consideration of the dangers of oral history fieldwork, both for interviewers and narrators. Her examples range around the globe and are drawn in part from her own work in postgenocide Rwanda. Oral history is not always, she reminds us, "an inherently positive endeavor that results in good relationships and positive outcomes."

This issue also features the annual pedagogy section. In it, Charlotte Nunes offers an extended reflection on the ways that involving undergraduate students in the practical work of digitally archiving oral histories can lead to their thoughtful engagement with "the ideologies that surround us."

Rounding out the issue, book and media review sections offer once again a look at an astonishingly wide range of scholarship and creativity related in one way or another to the practice and theory of oral history. Among these are two sets of reviews which present multiple perspectives on two significant books in our field. The first, Michael Frisch's A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History, published in 1990, is insightfully reexamined in essays by Brooke Bryan, Amy Starecheski, and David Cline. Sharon [End Page i] Leon, Abby Perkiss, and Dan Royes each contribute thoughtful perspectives on Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voices, Access, and Engagement by Douglas Boyd and Mary Larson, published in 2014. [End Page ii]