Future Conferences and Meetings


ORAL HISTORY—A DIALOGUE WITH OUR TIMES: Fifteenth Annual IOHA Conference, 23-26 September 2008, Guadalajara, Mexico

The University of Guadalajara and the Mexican Oral History Association invite all those interested in oral history, both academic and non-academic, to celebrate the Fifteenth International Congress of Oral History. The Congress will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of September 2008, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The theme chosen for the Congress is “Oral History—A Dialogue with Our Times.” Participants will contribute their reflections, based on their experience working through oral history methodology.

Twenty sub-themes have also been suggested, covering various aspects of oral history practice. They include oral history theory and method, memory and forgetting, space and time, archives, education and oral history, oral tradition, contemporary issues such as the environment and ecology, family, violence and war, health, genre, museums, in addition to considerations of legal and ethical questions in the practice of oral history.

The call for papers has seen a warm response: we have received eight-hundred proposals from sixty-one countries. These proposals represent the breadth and depth of work being done at the international level, and will help the program topics achieve maximum diffusion across the globe. The Congress will highlight the important role that theory and methodology of oral history has played in broadening our understanding of social phenomena that define our contemporary world. Selection of sessions has been carried out by the organizing committee, and the choices have been difficult, but the responses from colleagues around the world have been encouraging. Previous meetings in Switzerland, Turkey, South Africa, Italy, and Australia have been important preambles to the upcoming conference in Guadalajara. We have learned from, and adopted many of these experiences, such as those in Sydney where master classes were offered and spaces were created for special interest discussions.

We are planning for an outstanding meeting that will provide an opportunity for sharing diverse postures and reflections on oral history. It will also enable participants to get to know a city with a historical legacy of more than five centuries, and that is the cradle of some of the identifying features of Mexico: the music of el mariachi, and tequila.

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



We remind you that the call for papers for the First Central American Meeting of Oral Historians and the Third International Meeting with be held in Nicaragua in March 2009. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), Managua will host the event. Do not forget to invite your students as we hope to include a panel of their work. They are our future replacements!

Jilma Romero A. [email protected]

Researcher, 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 History Society Annual Conference, 4-5 July 2008, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

We are keen to encourage presentations from those using oral history in understanding health care relationships in the histories of medicine; illness; well-being; disability; and planned environments. We particularly welcome papers that further our understanding of the experience of formal and informal caring in community and institutional settings and amongst professionals, the cared for, careers and kin. Our themes will include:

Witnessing the impact of, and challenges to, medical knowledge;

Power, humor, emotion, loss, resistance and changes in care relationships;

The making of ‘expert patients’;

Emerging counter-knowledge and complementary and alternative therapies;

The health/social care interface.

Abstracts (200 words) should be submitted by 18 January 2008 to Belinda Waterman, Department Of History, University Of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ.

Rob Perks [email protected]


ORAL HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE, OHMAR [Oral History in the Mid-AtlanticRegion], Columbia University, 14-15 March 2008, New York City, USA

As one of the great performing arts meccas of the world and a vital center for community-based and grassroots oral history research, New York City is an ideal place to explore the intersection of oral history and performance.  The conference program will bring together performing artists, oral historians, and other practitioners in a multi-disciplinary conference that will highlight the diversity of work centered on oral history and performance.

Performances, in a variety of genres, are a powerful means for increasing access to oral history sources and engaging broad audiences with diverse historical materials. Sessions will deal with the methodological and theoretical issues around transforming interviews into performances.  This conference should also provide an opportunity to examine how stories are performed, in interviews and in other contexts.

For further information contact the program committee at [email protected]

A CONVERGENCE OF INTERESTS: ORAL HISTORY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: OHA Annual Meeting, October 15-19, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 2008 annual meeting to be held October 15 – 19, 2008 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania .

As always, the Program Committee of the OHA welcomes proposals for presentations on a variety of topics. In keeping with this year’s theme, “A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age,” the 2008 Annual Meeting will focus special attention on oral history and digital technologies.

Emerging digital technologies continue to expand options for the recording, preservation, and use of oral history interviews and other historically significant sights and sounds, to expand audiences, and to draw together once separate communities of practitioners. In doing so, they raise perplexing practical, legal, ethical, and theoretical questions.

For its 2008 meeting, the Oral History Association extends an invitation to teachers and students, archivists and librarians, Luddites and media theorists, web and exhibit designers, documentary producers and media artists, ethnographers, family and public historians, program officers and curators, scholars from a broad and growing range of disciplines, social and political activists, and others interested in sharing their experiences, projects, concerns, ideas, and questions about oral history. We encourage researchers studying the Ohio Valley , technology, industrialization and deindustrialization, and labor history to submit proposals. In recognition of the important work taking place outside the United States , we also hope to see a significant international presence at the meeting.

In the spirit of this meeting, the OHA Program Committee encourages presenters to consider a variety of formats and presentation methods, including traditional panels with chair and discussant, roundtables, performances, listening and viewing sessions, workshops, and poster sessions.

Once one of the United States ‘ great industrial metropolises, Pittsburgh has been a national and international center of technological innovations—including the home of the nation’s first radio station— industrial processes, and intense struggles between capital and labor. Battered by deindustrialization in the late 1900s, the city has undergone an urban renaissance and today offers a rich concentration of museums, historic sites, universities and colleges, and an active arts scene. The Oral History Association is fortunate to be meeting in Pittsburgh during celebrations of the 250 th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Proposal format: submit four 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: www.dickinson.edu/oha .

Proposals may be submitted by mail, fax, or email, and should be postmarked or sent by January 15, 2008. Submit proposals directly to the OHA office at the address below.

Limited funding is available in support of international presenters.

E-mail attachments must include the “cover sheet” in electronic form and must be one complete document in Microsoft WORD format. Please do not send separate attachements. Attachments should be sent to [email protected] . Should you not receive email confirmation by February 5th, please contact the OHA office to make sure your submission has been received.

Queries may be directed to:
Charles Hardy III, First Vice President
[email protected]

Marjorie McLellan
[email protected]
.(937) 775-2162

Donna DeBlasio
[email protected]

(330) 941-3158

Proposals should be sent by January 15, 2008, to:

Madelyn Campbell
Oral History Association
Dickinson College
P. O. Box 1773
Carlisle , PA 17013
Telephone (717) 245-1036
Fax: (717) 245-1046
Email: [email protected]

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

HISTORY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: The 102nd Meeting of the Organization of American Historians,  26-29 March 2009, Seattle, Washington, US

With the theme of “History Without Boundaries,” the 2009 Organization of American Historians program committee seeks an eclectic program that will highlight the creative use of history in research, education, the media, and public presentations. The call for papers seeks proposals reflecting the broad chronological and subject diversity of American history by academics and public historians. The program committee encourages international participation, and sessions that emphasize oral history, museums, archives, and broadcast and electronic media.  Don Ritchie, an IOHA council member will co-chair the program committee.  Further information about submitting proposals can be found at http://www.oah.org/meetings/2009/call.html