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Alexander Freund

Dr. Alexander Freund is professor of history and holds the Chair in German-Canadian Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Since 2010, he has been a member of the International Advisory Group for the Australian Generations oral history project and of the International Advisory Board of Palgrave Studies in Oral History (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2013, he joined the Oral History Journal International Editorial Advisory Board.


Previously, Dr. Freund served as co-president of the Canadian Oral History Association and co- editor of the Oral History Forum d’histoire orale (2006-14); as a member on the International Oral History Association Council (2006-10); on the Oral History Association’s International Committee (2006-8) and Book Award Committee (2012). Before coming to the University of Winnipeg in 2002, Dr. Freund was a post-doctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute/ American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (The Johns Hopkins University), Washington, DC and at Columbia University’s Oral History Research Office, where he later worked as program associate (2001). Dr. Freund studied at the University of Hamburg, Simon Fraser University (M.A. 1994) and the University of Bremen (Ph.D. 2000).


Dr. Freund has published widely in oral history and migration history. Recent publications include Oral History and Ethnic History / L'Histoire orale et l'histoire des groupes ethniques (Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada/L'immigration et l'ethnicité au Canada 32) (Ottawa: Canadian Historical Association, 2014); “’Confessing Animals’: Toward a Longue Durée History of the Oral History Interview,” Oral History Review (Spring 2014): 1-26; Beyond the Nation? Immigrants’ Local Lives in Transnational Cultures (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012); with Pablo Pozzi, eds., Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 32 (2012), Edición Especial/Special Issue “Historia Oral en América Latina/Oral History in Latin America”; with Alistair Thomson, eds., Oral History and Photography (New York: Palgrave, 2011). Dr. Freund recently completed a SSHRC-funded, four-year project on the history of refugees in Manitoba since 1945 (2011-14). He co-led a two-year project on the children of survivors of Indian Residential Schools, funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (2012-14).

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