Future Conferences and Meetings

SECOND INTERNATIONAL ORAL HISTORY CONFERENCE IN PANAMA, 29-1 February 2007, Penonomé and Panama City

The University of Panama invites universities, institutes, schools museums, researchers, teachers, students, filmmakers and national and international groups or associations involved working with the spoken word to participate in the Second International Conference, “Constructing the Other History: Sources and Methodology”and in the First National Oral History Symposium, “Historiographical, Educational and Visual Experiences” that will take place in Panama City on 29- 31 January 2007.

The Oral History Oral Workshop is also being held in Panama City on February 1-2 and in Penonomé, Coclé Province, on 1 February 2007. The basic objective of this event is to offer an academic and hands-on experience with the hope of stimulating research, teaching and public outreach regarding oral history with the goal of establish the value of oral history and collective memories and thereby recovering the spoken word and collective memory.

For more information, please contact Marcela Camargo [email protected]

Oral History Association Annual Meeting
Marriott Oakland City Center, Oakland, California October 24-28, 2007
The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community through Oral History

The Oral History Association invites proposals from international participants for its 2007 annual meeting to be held October 24-28, 2007 at the Marriott Oakland City Center in Oakland, California .

As always, the Program Committee of the OHA welcomes proposals for presentations on a variety of topics. However, in keeping with this year’s theme, ” The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community through Oral History,” the 2007 Annual Meeting will concentrate on the revolution in oral history as it relates to social and political change, community survival and changes in technology.

Oakland is a symbolic center of revolutionary thought, and action, and the committee is especially interested in realizing how “revolutions,” both large and small, have an impact on society and community. The Association is seeking presentations which deal with social and economic justice, environmentalism, Black Power, civil rights, gender and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender peoples, migrant and immigrant communities, peoples with disability and independent living, and regional, Pacific and Western histories.

Communities have transformed rapidly over the years and the topics generated by such change will be explored at the conference. Proposals that deal with issues such as gentrification, urban renewal, community health, globalization and local empowerment are strongly encouraged. Technological changes will be another major component of the conference and topics such as digitization, consumption of oral history, community archiving practices, and the democratization of knowledge will be presented. Oral history projects that deal with specific revolutions such as the Chinese Revolution and the Sexual Revolution will also play a focal point in the conference.

Regional historians and students of the Bay Area, California, the Pacific Northwest and Canadian history are encouraged to submit proposals. In addition to those whose work concerns international topics, the committee invites proposals for presentations that reflect on the “revolutionary” process of oral history and the role of technology and theory in its practice. A variety of formats and presentation methods are welcome, including traditional panels with chair and discussant, workshops, and poster sessions, as well as media and performance-oriented sessions.

At the conference, we also look forward towards helping to create a community which can continue revolutionizing the field of oral history after participants have left Oakland.

Proposal format: Submit five copies of the proposal. For full sessions, submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals, submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the presenter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be printed from the OHA Web site:

Proposals should be postmarked by February 1, 2007. They may be submitted by mail or fax. E-mail attachment will also be accepted, but must include the “cover sheet” in electronic form and must be one complete document in Microsoft WORD format. Should you not receive email confirmation by March 1, please contact the OHA office.

Submit proposal directly to the OHA office at the address below.

Limited funding is available in support of international presenters. Queries may be directed to:

Mehmed Ali, First Vice President [email protected] 978-275-1826
Horacio Roque Ramirez, Program Co-Chair [email protected] 626-354-1808
Norma Smith, Program Co-chair [email protected] 510-465-2094

Proposals should be sent by February 1, 2007, to: Madelyn Campbell [email protected] Oral History Association Dickinson College P. O. Box 1773 Carlisle , Pennsylvania 17013 Telephone: 717-245-1036 Fax: 717-245-1046

For courier service add: Holland Union Building , College and Louther Streets

E.N. BRANDT ORAL HISTORY CONFERENCE, 16 May 2007, Philadelphia, US

In celebration of the Gerstacker Foundation’s endowment of the E.N. Brandt Oral History Program, the Chemical Heritage Foundation will hold a conference on 16 May 2007. This conference will feature talks and discussions on the use of oral history in the business and science fields as a learning tool for leadership training, as a means of preserving personal recollections, and as a method for capturing, identifying, and interpreting the heritage, philosophy, and values of a company or academic institution. The conference will also deal with modern methods for conducting, recording, transcribing, and processing oral history including innovations in digitization. On a larger scale, we will explore oral history’s ability to provide cross-fertilization between institutions, fields, and the general public.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation invites scholars to submit proposals for papers and discussion panels, with a one-two page abstract and a brief biographical statement in Word format, by 1 December 2006. Registration information will be available at a later date and a limited number of travel stipends will be available.

For further information contact Megan Lindsay, [email protected]
Oral History Program, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106,Fax: (215) 629-5236. Also visit their new Web site: www.chemheritage.org

MAKING COMMUNITY ORAL HISTORIES, Annual Conference of the Oral History Society, 6 -7 July 2007, London Metropolitan University, UK

The 2007 Oral History Society conference will re-examine the subject of community oral histories six years after the successful Talking Community Histories conference. Like its predecessor, it will bring together an exciting and informal mix of community organizations, museums, libraries and archives, schools and universities to present their work and debate the nature, challenges and achievements of community oral histories. It will also reflect on what has changed in the last six years.

Strands will include:

§ What community? Exploring questions around what is a community and who defines it, how community oral histories are constructed, how collaboration works in practice, and how communities are reflected through the voices of individuals.
§ Whose interview? Looking at the interview relationship in the community context, including issues around “insider” and “outsider” interviewers, interviewing in community languages, and inter-generational interviewing.
§ Which audience? Reflecting on who community oral history projects are for and what they achieve, how they are disseminated and received, and how audience responses are collected and evaluated.

Further details will be posted on the Oral History Society website over the coming year – please visit www.ohs.org.uk for up-to-date information.

For offers of presentations please contact Rob Perks [email protected] or Annette Day [email protected]

INDIGENOUS LIVES 2007: A Conference on Indigenous Biography and Indigenous Autobiography, 9-12 July 2007, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra

Sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre, the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, and the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University, together with the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, and the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, the conference invites contributions from biographers of Indigenous people, and from Indigenous autobiographers, and other writers. It also welcomes those concerned with portraying Indigenous lives in the artistic, visual and performing arts. The conferences takes “Indigenous” to include Indigenous people from all parts of the world. Interested persons are invited to forward to the conveners a presentation abstract addressing one of these themes: mixed identities; controversial lives; alternative narratives and technologies; the performing arts; art and politics; who owns the story? and who owns the work?

Please send proposals and abstracts to Peter Read [email protected] by 28 February 2007.

OLD STORIES, NEW WAYS: Oral History Association of Australia Annual Meeting, 27-30 September 2007, Brisbane, Australia

The Oral History Association of Australia (Qld Inc.) invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 2007 National Conference to be held in a delightful riverside setting at Riverglenn Conference Centre, Indooroopilly, Brisbane from 27 to 30 September 2007. Proposals that relate to mediations and new work on the following are encouraged:

interpreting story;
working with community;
understanding memory;
oral history and independent practitioners;
and addressing changing technologies.

Proposals on other topics are also welcomed. The conference committee invites proposals from oral history practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines and settings, including academic institutions, museums, historical societies, archives and libraries, community organizations, media professionals, independent historians and oral historians, arts workers and reminiscence practitioners. We also encourage proposals from students. Sessions may address the many uses of oral history in media such as film, video, play back and other theater, radio, exhibitions and multi media. Similarly, while sessions may be organized in a panel format, we encourage workshop proposals, media and performance oriented presentations and other formats that go beyond the boundaries of conventional conference presentation.

If you are interested, please send us a single page proposal (email [email protected] or PO Box 12213 George Street, Brisbane Qld 4003) including an outline of your paper and the following details: Name (with your family name in CAPITAL letters); affiliation; postal address; email address; phone and fax numbers; relevant theme; whether an individual paper, a thematic panel, a workshop proposal, an exhibition or a dramatic piece.

FOR PROPOSALS: 28 February 2007 Acceptance or rejection of proposals 16 March 2007. Full papers by email required by 30 May 2007. For further details visit the website of the Oral History Association of Australia- Qld Inc – www.ohaaqld.org.au

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL IOHA CONFERENCE, 23-26 September 2008, Guadalajara, Mexico

The IOHA has selected Guadalajara, Mexico for its next international meeting. The program committee is currently discussing the theme of the conference, a timetable and the creation of a conference web page, as well as logistical and fundraising/sponsorship issues. Cosponsoring the meeting with the IOHA are the University of Guadalajara, and the Mexican Oral History Association. Some of the themes that will be pursued are the contributions of oral history to understanding twentieth century political history; teaching oral history; archiving memory; oral history theory and method; ecology and natural disasters; health, family and generations; migrations; memories of violence; work; museums and oral history; gender identity; religion and sharing of beliefs; and oral tradition. The call for papers will be distributed shortly.

Ana Maria de la O Castellanos [email protected]