Monday, August 8, 2011

Chronicle of Higher Ed Reports on ANPRM

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the ANPRM, emphasizing historians' concerns.

[Ryan Brown, "Historians Welcome Contemplated Changes in Human-Research Guidelines," Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 August 2011.]

Your humble blogger is quoted, as is Rob Townsend of the American Historical Association. The president-elect of the Oral History Association, Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, calls for some kind of review process to ensure that historians are familiar with the ethical implications of their work. But he agrees that current procedures are "tedious and nonsensical."

Agreed. I would go just a bit further, arguing that IRB oversight is a barrier to serious consideration of the ethics of oral history, since it has done so much to discredit the idea of ethics review.

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