Personal Narratives~History

Dancehall Migrations explores disciplinary and methodological questions surrounding history and personal narratives in the long-twentieth century. What is the relationship between histories based on autobiographical personal narratives, and ‘truth’? By invoking ‘the history of the present’ (Tamanoi 2009), how do people remember a ‘place’, and what geopolitical entanglements do these memories generate? In what ways do personal narratives and memories challenge historical periodisation surrounding the dancehall migrations?  Above all, what does it mean to collect such personal narratives in a time of pandemic?