Future Conferences and Meetings



The preliminary preparations for the Fifteenth International Congress of Oral History “Oral History exchanges in the present ,” which will take place at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara , are nearing completion. The academic program has accepted more than 650 submissions from oral history specialist from five continents. Among the topics with the highest number of participants are those that reflect upon the memories of violence and war, memory and politics, gender, memory space and migration, in addition to work on the 15 topics outlined in the call for papers.

During this important conference, organized by the International Oral History Association (IOHA), the University of Guadalajara, and the Mexican Association of Oral History (AMHO), workshops will be given and organized by Antonio Montenegro and Regina Neto, Mario Camarena, Linda Shoop, Ann Cvetkovich and Mary Marshall Clark, Mercedes Vilanova, Juan Jose Gutierrez, and Maria Valladares, Laura Benadiba and Miren Llona. These theoretical and practical classes will touch upon various issues such as memory and oral sources, oral life histories, memory and trauma, publishing interviews, teaching oral history and video editing for oral historians.

In addition to the conference’s academic program, a series of cultural activities have been planned which will allow those attending the conference to learn more about Mexican culture, giving them an opportunity to appreciate Guadalajara’s architecture and cityscape that have been declared a World Heritage Site.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Guadalajara between  September 22 and 26!

Ana María de la O Castellanos
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Master Classes are intense half-day workshops with a maximum of 25 participants. They will take place on the day before the conference, on Monday, 22 September 2008. Both beginning oral historians and seasoned practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Master Class 1: Memory, History, Trauma and the Practice of Oral History
This Master Class is taught by Mary Marshall Clark (Columbia University Oral History Research Office) and Ann Cvetkovich (Dept. of English, University of Texas at Austin). It will look at four major questions in exploring how oral history supports the documentation, the memory and the interpretation of trauma.

1. Philosophical Questions: How does the philosophical definition of the mission and historic practice of oral history support the process of documenting individual and social trauma? Do we think of our narrators as agents or victims as we record narratives of loss, destruction and even genocide? How do we balance these narratives with stories of activism, and the reconstruction of community life?

2. Methodological Questions: What are the methodological assumptions that flow from our philosophical considerations? What are the distinctions between oral history, testimony, psychologically informed interviews, extended life histories and the more journalistic documentation of the immediate aftermath of traumatic events?  How do these genres apply to various situations of trauma?

3. Organizational Questions: What does it require organizationally to direct an interviewing project on the experience and history of trauma? What kinds of supports do interviewers require? What supports should be offered to narrators? What ethical considerations must be applied to the conduct, processing and interpretation of interviews?

4. Interpretation: Through what mechanisms, and for what purposes, are findings recorded and analyzed? How is the task of interpretation shared between the oral historian and the historical witnesses to and participants in, traumatic events? What role does the public play as audience to the archive of collective memory of struggle and loss? What is the role of the individual interviewer in assigning meaning to the experience of trauma and its interpretation?

Participants who apply to attend the workshop will write an extended abstract of their experience in documenting trauma through oral history, or their reason for wanting to conduct, archive or interpret interviews of traumatic experiences and events. Send your abstracts to Mary Marshall Clark [email protected] and Ann Cvetkovich[email protected] by 1 August 2008.

Master Class 2: Video Editing for Oral Historians

This Master Class is taught by Juan José Gutiérrez (CSU Monterey Bay, USA) and María Valladares (Independent Graphic Designer).

With readily available technologies, most researchers today can produce high quality audio and visual materials. This workshop allows participants to explore in a practical fashion steps to capture, edit and produce short clips from oral history interviews. The aim of the workshop is to enable researchers and practitioners of oral history to become familiar and comfortable with some of these tools.

The Workshop will be divided into three segments or modules.

I Capturing Interviews in High Quality Digital Format,

II Editing Short Clips, and

III Post-Production.

Participants will be able to explore how a short clip is produced by presenters and will take home a practical manual with step-by-step procedures that will be useful when practicing with their own projects.

Master Class 3: Preparing oral history interviews for publication

This Master Class is taught by Linda Shopes, a freelance editor and consultant, specializing in oral history. She has worked on, consulted for, and written about oral history for more than twenty-five years. She currently co-edits Palgrave’s Studies in Oral History series; and is co-editor, with Paula Hamilton, of Oral History and Public Memories(2008). She has served as book review editor for the Oral History Review and co-consulting editor for oral history for the Journal of American History; and is a past president of the Oral History Association (USA).
Although oral history interviews are often quite compelling and persuasive, they do not necessarily speak for themselves. If interviews are to form the basis of a book or other publication, they need to be edited, contextualized, and interpreted. And a distinction needs to be made at the outset: interview based publications are different from edited transcripts, which nonetheless are sometimes referred to as publications. Transcripts are essentially verbatim renderings in written form – albeit sometimes edited lightly for readability – of what has been said orally; they are primary sources. Publications are polished productions, even as they are firmly grounded in a body of oral history interviews. They are secondary sources that represent an author/editor’s controlling intelligence, although the narrator’s voice (or narrators’ voices) may dominate the text.

The Master Class will look at some of the issues and approaches involved in editing, contextualizing, and interpreting oral history interviews in preparation for publication in print. Participants will:
* compare, analyze, and discuss the differences between verbatim transcripts and edited versions of the same interview,
* examine different ways of presenting and contextualizing an interview in publications, and
* have the opportunity to practice editing an interview excerpt suitable for publication.
In preparation for the Master Class participants are advised to read the following:
Frisch, Michael ‘Preparing interview transcripts for documentary publication: a line by line illustration of the editing process’ in Michael Frisch, A Shared Authority (State University of New York, Albany, 1990). Shopes, Linda. “Making sense of oral history.” History Matters, http://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/oral/

Participants are invited, but not required, to submit five to eight pages of a work in progress in advance of the workshop for consideration by workshop participants. Workshop examples will be selected from work submitted, as appropriate. Send material to [email protected] by August 1.



HISTORY AND THE HEALTHY POPULATION: SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT, HEALTH AND MEDICINE, Annual Conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, Glasgow

3-5 September 2008, UK

The Society for the Social History of Medicine 2008 Annual Conference will be jointly organized by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Glasgow, a research collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde, and the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. The conference will embrace all historical perspectives on the broad issue of how health has been defined and by whom. It will also consider the reasons that the various agencies involved in healthcare, including patients and communities, have adopted their approaches and strategies. The event is framed by reference to the generation of historians influenced by the idea that issues of health and healthcare are entangled in the projects of government, and seeks to engage with and critique “governmentality” as a tool of analysis in the history of medicine. The conference encourages papers from all periods and places in seeking a wide-ranging and inclusive set of discussions. For further information, contact:

Lydia Marshall
[email protected]




October 15-19, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

The Oral History Association will hold its annual meeting October 15-19, 2008, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In keeping with this year’s theme, “A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age,” the 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, which participants will address. Once one of the US ‘ great industrial cities, Pittsburgh is a national and international center of technological innovations (including the nation’s first radio station), industrial processes, and struggles between capital and labor. Battered by deindustrialization, the city has undergone an urban renaissance and today offers a rich concentration of museums, historic sites, universities, and an active arts scene.

Madelyn Campbell
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“HE BUILT THE TOWERS”: SABATO (SIMON) RODIA’S WATTS TOWERS International Conference, University of Genova, Italy

April 2-5, 2009

An international conference will be devoted to the Watts Towers, the unique work of a unique person. Conceived, built and embellished by an unlettered Italian immigrant, Sabato (Simon or Sam) Rodia (1879-1965), they defy attempts at definitive artistic or architectural typology. With extraordinary vision, he placed the Towers in an urban landscape that would prove critical in the development of Los Angeles, a southern California locus of social unrest and rebellion (Watts, 1965, South Central Los Angeles, 1992). His work parallels that of millions of other Italian workers who left the economic wasteland and rigid social hierarchies of their Italian homes during 19th and 20th centuries, to risk all in the Americas. Their contributions to New World societies from Cape Horn to Canada remain vastly under-appreciated.

The conference, “He Built the Towers”: Sabato (Simon) Rodia’s Watts Towers, will focus on migration, art & architecture, literary and visual legacies, and socio-economic and political realities.

Alessandro Dal Lago, University of Genova
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September 17-19, 2009, Launceston, Tasmanian

The Tasmanian Branch of the Oral History Association of Australia invites proposals for presentations on the theme: Islands of Memory: Navigating Personal and Public History.  Sub-themes include: navigating truth and memory; navigating through generations; and navigating new technologies

We encourage proposals from people who have worked with oral history in a wide range of environments such as family history and community projects, museums, heritage agencies, academic institutions, radio and television, law courts and performing arts. Proposals (maximum 200 words) are invited for individual papers, thematic panels, workshops and performances.


Proposals should be sent to:    Jill Cassidy, President OHAA (Tas), Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, PO Box 403, Launceston Tasmania Australia 7250

Jill Cassidy
[email protected]




Barcelona, Spain, October 16, 2008.

In 1983, the Historical Archives of the City of Barcelona received Ronald Fraser’s collection of three hundred oral testimonies concerning the Spanish Civil War and conducted between 1973 and 1975. Twenty-five years after the donation, we pay homage to Ronald Fraser for his pioneering work in oral history and for having fostered the creation of oral archives in our country.

On October 16, 2008 an event will be held at the Historical Archives of Barcelona and chaired by Ronald Fraser. Confirmed speakers include:

Mercedes Vilanova: Semblanza de Ronald Fraser [A Portrait of Ronald Fraser]

Lluís Ubeda: Un ejemplo a seguir. La Colección Ronald Fraser de testimonios orales de la Guerra Civil Española [An example to follow. Ronald Fraser’s Collection of Spanish Civil War oral testimonies].

Jose Antonio G. Alcantud: Historia local e historia oral [Local history and oral history].

Ricardo Garcia Jail: Fraser, la memoria y la historia. [Fraser, memory and history].

Ronald Fraser: Palabras de clausura [Closing remarks].

Lluís Ubeda
[email protected]



University Enclosure “Rubén Dario”, Ciudad de Managua, Nicaragua
February 16– 18, 2009

Research Workshop, February 19-21, 2009

This conference will be hosted by the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua [La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua – UNAN], through the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Juridical Sciences, and the Nicaraguan Oral History Collective (NOHC).

Thematic roundtables and coordinators:

First Roundtable: Theory, Methods and Techniques in oral history research
Antonio Montenegro, Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil. [email protected]
Juana Camargo, Universidad de Panamá. Panamá. [email protected]

Second Roundtable: Daily Life, Memory and Evidence
Ricardo Avilés (UNAN – Managua, Nicaragua) [email protected]
Mirta Barbieri, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; [email protected]
Sandra Centeno (UNAN- Managua, Nicaragua; [email protected]
María Luisa Iglesias Hernández, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España.([email protected])

Third Roundtable: The Space of Community Memory. Local and global and development processes.

Liliana Barela (Instituto Histórico de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
[email protected]

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María Adames Newbill, Universidad de Panamá. Panamá. [email protected]

Fourth Roundtable: Time in Memory. The lived, the recorded, the forgotten and impunity.

Patricia Pensado, México; [email protected]
Alina Torrero, Universidad de Panamá. Panamá. [email protected]

Fifth Roundtable: The Teaching of Oral History. Formal and informal pedagogical experiences.

Mirna Pizarro, Universidad de Magallanes, Chile. [email protected]
Favio Castro (Colombia); [email protected]
Yolanda Marco, Panamá; [email protected]
Raúl Ruiz Carrión (CISE, UNAN-Managua)

Sixth Roundtable: Archiving Memory. Interviews as a source for social research. The publication and diffusion of oral history. Audiovisual archives; access and consideration of objectives and strategies.

Marieta de Morais Ferreira, Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro e Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas, Brasil:
[email protected]

Nitzia Barrantes (Biblioteca Nacional Ernesto J. Castillero, Panamá; . [email protected]

Seventh Roundtable: Museums and Oral History

Gerardo Negochea (México) [email protected]
Sagrario Balladares (UNAN-Managua, Nicaragua): [email protected]

Keynote Addresses and Roundtables

Three keynote addresses will be presented by renowned international specialists of oral history during the first hour of each of the three days.

Workshops: (February 19 – 21)
A 40 -hour oral history workshop will be held . The workshop is oriented towards teachers from all levels as well as librarians and national archivists.

Abstracts of up to 250 words must be received before 30 July 2008. They should be sent through the official conference website at the following address:www.unan.edu.ni/fhumanidades/historia

Abstracts must provide the following detail: authors surname (in uppercase letters) and given name; indication of academic level (if one has been achieved) or student or professional status; institutional affiliations; email address, postal address, telephone and fax number and any additional information relevant to the conference subject. Text must be submitted as a Word document in Times New Roman 12 and with 1.5 spacing. We ask that papers be submitted by email.

Completed texts should be received before 30 October 2008, not exceed fifteen (15) pages  (including notes and bibliography) and adopt the same formatting and style rules as used for abstracts (see above). We ask that papers be sent via email, with one copy addressed to the Coordinator of the Roundtable and another to the General Conference Coordinator: [email protected]

Participants are welcome from all countries. Students, trade unionists, teachers, researchers, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, lawyers, psychologists, media specialists, tourists, geographers, environmentalists from Nicaragua, Central America, the Caribbean and other regions of Latin America and the world are invited to participate. Papers will be selected by the coordinators of each thematic roundtable according to their relevance to the defined objectives. The organizing committee will notify the authors regarding each proposal. Final drafts should be written in Spanish, and accompanied by a brief abstract.

Jilma Romero
[email protected]