Future Conferences and Meetings


ORAL SOURCES: USES IN EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT, 8th National Conference and 2nd International Oral History Congress, 3-5 October 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 8th National Conference and the 2nd International Oral History Congress on “Oral Sources: Uses in Education, Research and Management” will take place between 3 and 5 October 2007, in la Manzana de las Luces, Ciudad Autónoma, Buenos Aires.

Target Groups: Primary and secondary teachers, university students and professors of the social sciences, social organizations and institutions, municipal libraries, museums, and cooperatives.

Objectives: With this program we propose to:

Strengthen relations between the university and the community, to promote actions that enrich the practices of educational institutions and social organizations that collaborate in the search for solutions to concrete social demands.

Organize oral history training sessions destined for social organizations, teachers, students and the community in general.

At the end of each training session, students are able to develop classroom projects which permit them to profit from the vast possibilities that oral history offers for significant study in the social sciences and history.

Training course participants should be able to develop and put into practice school and community projects based on the creation and use of oral sources and archives.

For further information contact: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (UBA). Programa de Historia Oral (Biblioteca Central), Puán 480, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires[email protected]


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

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? [email protected]

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

The Oral History Association of Australia will hold its biennial national conference in Brisbane from 27 to 30 September 2007. The conference will be held in a delightful riverside setting 15 minutes from the center of Brisbane and will bring together oral historians from around the country and overseas. The theme of the conference is: Old Stories New Ways. Sub themes include: interpreting story; working with community; understanding memory; oral history and independent practitioners; and addressing changing technologies. There will be social gatherings, cultural events, performances, papers and panels.

A rich variety of more than 60 papers have been accepted. As each presenter confirms attendance the conference web site will be updated with the details. Our Keynote Speaker is Dr Gwenda Davey AM from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. An excursion day is planned for Wednesday 26 September when we travel to North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. There we will visit the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum showcasing both Aboriginal and early European occupation of the island. At this time of year we are likely to see turtles, dolphins and migratory whales. The conference dinner will be on 29 September at Brisbane’s historic Regatta Hotel.

Visit our Conference web site at http://www.ohaaqld.org.au


MEMORY AND POLITICS, Seventh Southeast Regional Oral History Meeting of the Brazilian Oral History Association, 7-9 November 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Brazilian Oral History Association and other regional institutions are participating in this conference on “Memory and Politics,” to be held at the Oswaldo Cruz House in Rio de Janeiro between 7-9 November 2007.

CULTURES, IDENTITIES, AND MEMORIES, Fourth Southern Regional Oral History meeting, 12-14 November 2007 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

The Fourth Southern Regional Oral History Meeting, on “Cultures, Identities, and Memories,” will take place between 12-14 November 2007 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. The event’s web page can be found at www.cfh.ufsc.br/abho4sul. For more information, please contact [email protected]

MEMORY, SENSIBILITY, AND CULTURAL PRACTICES, Sixth Central-West Oral History Meeting, 1-5 October 2007, Cáceres, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

This conference seeks to initiate discussion and draw attention to work that focuses on oral narratives and their interrelation with other sources. The title of this conference is “Memory, Sensibility, and Cultural Practices.” Further information is available on the official website: www.unemat.br/historiaoral email: [email protected] /[email protected]. Telephone: (65) 9606-2476, (54) 3221-0514, or (65) 3221-0516.


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

The International Oral History Association in collaboration with the University of Guadalajara and the Mexican Oral History Association (AMHO) invite paper proposals from around the word for the 15th International Oral History Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Proposals may be for conference paper, a thematic panel, a special interest group session or a workshop session. Only those proposals clearly focused on oral history will be given consideration. Proposals will be evaluated according to their oral history focus, methodological and theoretical significance and relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes.


Contributions of Oral History to the understanding of the 20th Century

Time in Memory: Lived experience; what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Spaces of Memory: Community, the local, the global and everyday life.

Ecology and Disasters: Environmental themes, natural heritage, cultural resources.

Memory and Politics: Experiences of political participation; NGOs, political groups, political agency and individuals.

Family and Generations.

Migrations: Diasporas, international and local migratory movements, networks, borderlands, religious migration, the human capital of immigrants.

Sharing and Transmitting Faith: Religious traditions.

Oral Tradition.

Theory and Method in Oral History.

Memories of Violence and War: Justice, trauma and memory, survivors, civil rights and human rights.

Memories of the Body: Dance, tattoos, dramatizations and the emotions.

Work: Experiences, conceptions and modalities of work.

Health: Illnesses, healing, myths, the handicapped, elderly and retired people.


The Teaching of Oral History: Experiences in formal and informal education.

Archiving Memory: The interview as a source for social research, multiple readings of interviews, publication and dissemination of oral history, audio archives, audiovisual media, access and questioning.

Museums and Oral History.

Oral History and the Visual Image.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History.

MASTER CLASSES: Several Master Classes and workshops on Oral History will be offered before the Conference by internationally renowned scholars and specialists in Oral History.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Continuing the precedent set in Sydney, Special Interest Groups sessions will be scheduled so that participants can get to know one another, establish contacts and exchange resources and ideas.


PROPOSAL SPECIFICATIONS Please submit a 300-word maximum proposal summarizing your presentation, via the Conference Website:www.congresoioha2008.cucsh.udg.mx

You will also be requested to supply the following information:

Name (last name in CAPITALS)

Institutional or Academic Affiliation

Postal Address

Email Address

Telephone and Fax numbers

Relevant Sub-theme/s

Indicate if the proposal is an individual paper, a thematic panel or a workshop

Suggestions for Special Interest Groups Sessions.

Only those proposals clearly focused on oral history will be given consideration. Proposals will be evaluated according to their oral history focus, methodological and theoretical significance and relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes. The Organizing Committee will notify acceptance or rejection of proposals by October 15, 2007. Proposals must be written in English or Spanish. If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to send the final paper in English or Spanish, attaching an abstract summary translated professionally into the second language. Insofar as possible, papers and presentations should allow the audience to hear the voices of the interviewed narrators.

Individual Papers: Will be assigned by the Organizing Committee to international panels or workshops with other papers with similar theme or focus.

Thematic Panels: Proposals for thematic panels must have no more than four presenters, preferably from different countries.

Workshops: Workshop proposals must identify the theme or focus of the presentation and should propose a structure and a workshop chair.

Special Interest Groups: Suggestions and proposals for sessions are accepted. Final papers and abstracts must be received on or before February 28, 2008, for inclusion in the Book of Abstracts and the CD of the proceedings of the Conference.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS The International Oral History Association (IOHA) has a small Travel Scholarship Fund aimed at providing partial financial support for travel to and/or accommodations at the Conference, particularly for those participants from developing countries. Related information and the application form are available on the IOHA Website (http://www.ioha.fgv.br). To be eligible for a travel scholarship, candidates must first have their paper proposals accepted. To receive a scholarship, finalists must submit their final paper by the published deadline.

CONTACTS If you have questions or would like advice from an IOHA Council member about a conference proposal, you may contact your regional representative as follows:

Asia – Tomoyo Nakao ([email protected])
Africa – Sean Field ([email protected])
Europa – Rob Perks ([email protected])
México – Ana Maria de la O Castellanos ([email protected])
América del Norte – Alexander Freund ([email protected])
América del Sur – Marilda Menezes ([email protected])
Oceanía – Megan Hutching ([email protected])

To contact the Conference organizers in Guadalajara, please email or write to:

Maestra Ana María de la O Castellanos [email protected].
Departamento de Historia
Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
Guanajuato # 1045 Colonia Alcalde
Barranquitas Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. C.P. 44260
Phone Number/FAX (52) 33 38 19 33 79/74

Visual and Performing Arts Sessions at Guadalajara

For the upcoming IOHA biennial meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, based on discussions with the meeting sponsors I have been assured that there will be sufficient space and technical support for performative presentations incorporating oral history. As the current facilitator of the Visual and Performing Arts affinity groups as constituted in Sydney, I want to encourage IOHA members who are working in performing, visual and other media to develop proposals for the upcoming conference in Guadalajara. Proposals should follow the same guidelines for paper presentations in that oral history should be integral to the presentation of work(s) and that a substantive discussion of oral history theory, method and/or the situational aspects of collecting and preserving oral histories be germane to your presentation. I look forward to your participation in 2008. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or require more information. Jeff FriedmanDepartment of Dance, Rutgers University [email protected]


PAST & FUTURE: Oral History at Aotearoa/New Zealand, July 28-29, National Oral History Association of New Zealand Te Kete Korero-a-Waha o Te Motu

This year’s oral history conference in New Zealand will be held at the National Library in Wellington from 28-29 July. The theme is “Past & Future: Oral history in Aotearoa/New Zealand” and presentations will reflect on how oral history has developed in this country.

Other themes are:

the beginnings of oral history in Aotearoa/New Zealand

the development of Maori oral history

the impact of oral history projects in communities and cultures not previously recorded

the development of oral history in Pacific Island communities

the effect of government involvement in and/or support for oral history

teaching oral history

the multiple uses to which oral history may be put e.g. films, plays, books

the impact of new technology on oral history.

For more information contact Linda Evans [email protected] or Lesley Hall [email protected].

[And we are always looking for papers for our refereed journal, Oral History in New Zealand. The closing date is mid-July each year. Contact Megan Hutching[email protected] for more details.]



Historians, anthropologists, pedagogists, sociologists, environmentalists, psychologists, archaeologists, and other related fields: by means of these pages I extend to the Call for Papers to the First Central-American Oral History Meetings and the III International Meetings to take place in Nicaragua during the month of March of 2009 hosted by the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua UNAN Managua of Nicaragua. Do not hesitate to invite your students so that we can have a panel with papers from them, our future generations. We will be soon issuing further information through these pages.

I would also like to take advantage and send and invitation to subscribe to our Journal of History and Social Sciences where we will soon be publishing six articles with themes related to Oral History, written by professionals from different countries. The subscription fee is 10 US dollars. You may send your payment to BANPRO, Banco de la Producción to the account number 100-324-040-690-24. Subscription is good for two journal issues per year.

Jilma Romero A. [email protected]
Researcher and Professor, UNAN- Managua, Nicaragua


ORAL HISTORY AND LIFE STORIES NETWORK, Seventh European Social Science History Conference, 27 February-1 March 2008, Lisbon, Portugal

Since 1998 the Oral History and Life Stories Network has met at each biannual European Social Science History Conference. The organizers have encouraged reflections on how memory works and the way it is used; how truth can be interpreted through the story and through memory, how to discern truth from fantasy, how we remember for the future, and through which other mediums we express memory. Contributions will discuss conceptual and methodological issues related to memory, employing different concepts of memory based on oral sources and/or personal accounts. Registration information is available on the web site: http://www.iisg.ni/esshc.


ORAL SOURCES BETWEEN MEMORY AND HISTORY: SHARED GROUND WITH OTHER SOURCES, Seminario de Fuentes Orales UCM-Fundación Cultural Santa Teresa., 19-21 October 2007, Barco de Ávila, Spain

The 8th Workshop on History and Oral Sources, hosted by the Organization: Seminario de Fuentes Orales UCM-Fundación Cultural Santa Teresa, will be held from 19-21 October 27 in Barco de Ávila, Spain.

In this workshop we propose reflecting on the limits of memory and its relations with history, exploring new paths through other disciplines such as literature, psychiatry and cinema studies as forms of expression and understanding. The workshop will focus on three thematic domains:

1. Theoretical reflection regarding oral sources at the beginning of the 21st Century.

2. Psychiatry, psychoanalysis and sociology as related disciplines and the lessons their methodologies offer for historical work.

3. Cinema and literature.

Proposals should be written before 30 June 2007 and sent to: La dirección del Seminario de Fuentes Orales, Piso 10, Dpto. Historia Contemporánea, Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040. A copy should also be sent by electronic mail to José Mª Gago González [email protected].


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. Further details are posted on the Oral History Society website – please visit www.ohs.org.uk for up-to-date information.


THE REVOLUATIONARY IDEAL: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY THROUGH ORAL HISTORY, Oral History Association, 24-28 October 2007, Oakland, California, USA

Oakland, California, is a symbolic center of revolutionary thought and activism, and the Oral History Association meeting held there in October 2007 will consider how “revolutions,” both large and small, have had an impact on society and community. The program will feature session that deal with social and economic justice, environmentalism, Black Power, civil rights, gender and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people, migrant and immigrant communities, people with disabilities, and regional, Pacific, and Western histories. Oral history projects that address specific revolutions, such as the Chinese Revolution or the Sexual Revolution, will also provide focal points. Technological change will be another component, with sessions on digitization, community archiving projects, and the democratization of knowledge. The Oral History Association’s annual meeting will take place on October 24-28, 2007 at the Marriott Oakland City Center. Visit the OHA Web site:http://omega.dickinson.edu/organizations/oha/or contact the program chairs, Horacio Roque Ramirez[email protected] and Norma Smith [email protected]