Sixteenth International Oral History Conference


On behalf of the International Oral History Association and the Czech Oral History Association we invite you to participate in theSixteenth International Oral History Conference, “Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning” that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 7 to 11 July 2010.

Oral history is a growing  methodology  within history: new  technologies and approaches as well as innovative perspectives and areas of research place it among the discipline’s most dynamic specialisations when reconstructing the past.

Not surprisingly, we are very excited about sharing our research and experiences in Prague. It is also the first time that the IOHA will  gather in the ancient city of Prague, located in the heart of Europe. Indeed, the recent history of the Czech Republic can offer new perspectives into our collective past and give insights into our future.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend and contribute to the success of our meeting.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Prague.

Pilar Dominguez Prats, IOHA President
Miroslav Vaněk, COHA President





Once Prague has been chosen as a venue for the 16th IOHA Conference, I would like to share a few personal reflections. While the Czech Oral History Association is a relatively young institution founded in January 2007, it is in reality a group grounded in nearly 20 years professional experience of the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The academy was originally established in 1990 in the immediate aftermath of the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia. The mission of ICH was to establish and develop an independent research institute oriented towards scientific research of Czechoslovak history between 1938 and 1989, an impossible task under the ideological and politico-economic constraints of the Communist regime.

As a means of managing the historiographical complexities of the post-socialist period, and to promote the oral history methodology, the Center for Oral History (COH) was established in 2000 within the ICH architecture. Since its beginnings, the COH managed a prolific research agenda, with several groundbreaking publications, including Victors? Vanquished? Political Elites and Dissidents during the Period of So-Called Normalization – Historical Interviews (Prostor, 2005) one of the few academic bestsellers in Czech history.

A resolution at the 14th International Oral History Conference in Sydney in 2006 for the promotion of stronger national associations and the development of the interdisciplinary oral history research in the countries of the former Soviet bloc provided the rationale for the founding of COHA. The initiative has already generated an enthusiastic response in the region, comprising 20 institutional members and 50 individual members from both academic and non-academic circles.

In addition to the vibrancy of this new association, we believe Prague is ideally situated -institutionally, geographically, and even theoretically- to host the 2010 conference of the International Oral history Association. ICH and also COHA already have experience with the organization of international academic conferences and there is great support and enthusiasm among our affiliate institutions and even among the general populace for non-traditional historical interpretations and methodologies. Located in the heart of Europe, the city of Prague is well situated for an international conference and well appointed with excellent transportation and accommodation facilities. Our professional partner, Congress Business Travel, has experience hosting more than 20 major conferences with 200 – 3.000 participants, and will take care of all necessary preparations an arrangements.

I would like to stress my deep feelings of pleasure and professional satisfaction of having Prague being selected as the place for the next IOHA Conference. I feel the need to recall my memories on the beginnings of oral history in the Czech scholar milieu, when my only and sole support was the literature of my western, American, British and other colleagues who helped me to hold on to a hope in the progress of Oral history in this country as well. So I welcome them, as well as their new and younger colleagues with a warm heart. I would like to express my appreciation for this opportunity to learn from the experiences of oral historians from around the world and at the same time to share with them our own ways and experiences as oral historians. Looking forward to your arrival I believe that the XVI Conference – in the context of historical Prague– will be a pleasant and inspiring occasion for mutual enrichment.

Miroslav Vaněk [email protected]

President of the Czech Oral History Association



Third International Oral History Conference to be held in Managua, Nicaragua.


The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN Managua) keeping in contact with participants of the III International Oral History Conference to be held in Managua, Nicaragua. As a show of confidence, many participants of the Third International Oral History Conference have already sent abstracts of their papers. These experiences will be shared in Nicaragua from the 16th to the 21st of February of 2009. The reception of abstracts closed with a large number of participants coming from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, United States and Nicaragua.

Confirmed workshops with expert speakers from brother Latin American countries of Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela. Workshops, although thematically varied, share the common methodology of oral history:

A view of the town: sources for studying urban dynamics and cultural heritage.

The use of oral sources in teaching social sciences and history.

Oral sources and preserving cultural heritage.

Stories of memory and the depths of history

We have taken up the challenge and our university welcomed the news of the event. From this moment forward, we are preparing the event to ensure that you have an excellent stay with us.

During this Third Conference every Central American country will be represented. This was an objective while planning this conference as it allow us to demonstrate to Nicaraguan youth the need to explore the still developing field of oral history in Central America. It will be possible to organize seven thematic panels, with some having more participants than others. It is hoped that this structure will be indicative of current research trends. Scheduled activities include round-table discussions and presentations of books, journals and documentaries. Cultural and other activities will also be included.

Also participating will be students, inspired by different subjects discussed in the recently convened Fifteenth IOHA Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. We are interested that student participants are at ease in an environment where they can fully take advantage of the experience that this generation of oral historians can offer. The round-tables have organized into the following topics:

Theories, methods and techniques of oral history research

Everyday experience, memory and testimony

The place of memory in the community: the local, the global and processes of development

Time in memory: the lived, the remembered, the forgotten and impunity.

Teaching oral history: formal and informal educational experiences

Archiving memory. Interviews as a source of social research. Publishing and diffusing oral history: sound files, audiovisual media; access and problems

Museums, Oral History and images

Acceptance letters are being sent along with registration instructions. As a reminder, the airline COPA will offer guarantee a 24 per cent discount. For more information concerning paper guidelines, registering, accommodation, travel, submission due dates and other information relation the organization of the event, please visit the the conference’s website:

Through this event, Nicaragua wishes to commemorate the heinous assassination of the ‘general of free men’, Augusto C. Sandino who died on 21 February 1934 through the orders of Anastasio Somoza to have him ‘erased’. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the reality of this Central American Country which returned to democracy in the early 1990s after living through an armed revolutionary period from 1979 to 1990. Our university has always been hospitable while, at the same time, a bastion of popular causes, where the struggle against the dictatorship echoes through the university halls.

The Nicaraguan people await, without a doubt, colleagues and students to participate in this Third Oral History Conference and to fully take advantage of the event. Particularly, the Ministry of Education and Universities, currently implementing change in study plans as well as other ministries and local governments that are supporting research into neighborhoods and cities and the recovery of our culture though archives and libraries.

Unquestionably, oral history improves the work of teachers and converts the student into an architect of his own learning. In light of this, the number those who support oral history should grow with each passing day. As well as sharing publications, our events will allow a tour of the most important historical sites in the capital region. We hope that we will help the network of oral historians on a Latin American and Central American level grow, with the assistance of the IOHA.

Managua and, in particular, our university, is pleased to receive professionals and students from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. We hope that this last group will be able to share their experience and knowledge. We are looking forward to meeting you.

From these pages, we invite students, trade unionists, teachers, researchers, social science professionals from Central America, the Caribbean and Latin America and the rest of the world to actively participate in the event.

Our promise is to make our guests feel at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any doubt or question that you may have.

We invite you to explore our website

Managua, 23 October 2008

Jilma Romero Arrechav [email protected]

[Dr. Romero is a Research Professor of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua UNAN (Managua). Doctor in history anthropology. Coordinator of the Third Oral History Conference in Nicaragua. Member of the IOHA.


Sharing Cultures 2009 – International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Pico Island, Azores

30 May to 1 June 2009

Sharing Cultures 2009 is aimed experts and scholars interested in Cultural and Intangible Heritage. Now that the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Operational Directives have been approved by UNESCO, one of the the main goals of Sharing Cultures 2009 is to promote discussion on these relevant issues.



Oral sources Workshop. From Theory to Practice: The classroom as a place of memory


Tarragona, Friday, 13 February 2009 – Saturday, 14 February 2009

These sessions, held in Tarragona, focus on Oral History as a methodology in Education. Present at the event will be renowned academics working in the oral history field. They include:

Laura Benadiba. Professor at the  Escuela Técnica ORT-Buenos Aires y de la Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF).

Juan Karlos Romera Nielfa. Teacher, San Adrián Secondary School (Bilbao), member of the Oral History Seminary, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and member of  Eusko-Ikaskuntza (Society of Basque Studies)

Mercè Vilanova, Professor of Contemporary History, Universidad de Barcelona.

Giovanni Levi, Professor at the Università Ca’Foscari da Venècia. He is considered one of the founders of microhistory.

Lluís Úbeda. Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona (AHCB) [Historical Archives of the City of Barcelona]

Registration: 12 November to 12 December 2008

First International Conference “Gender and Boundary”, Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres de la Universidad de La Laguna [University Institute of Women’s Studies, University of La Laguna]

Under the subject “Gender and Boundary” this conference aspires to present a platform where geographic, cultural, social and identity boundaries can be reflected upon and analysed from a gender and women’s studies perspective. In a world that is profoundly globalised, the tendency is that homogenisation is frequently stronger than maintaining difference. Paradoxically, these contrasts, while disappearing and transmigrating, are also reinforcing and reinventing themselves. Within this conceptual framework, we propose to open an ample forum for debate on the practical and theoretical uses of mobility (real or figurative) and notions of gender that affect cultural, political, labour and human relations.

Further information concerning the conference “Gender and Boundary” can be obtained by contacting the director of the IUEM, Mª Eugenia Monzón Perdomo.



2009 OHA Annual Meeting October, 14-18, 2009, Louisville Kentucky


Moving Beyond the Interview

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 2009 annual meeting to be held on October 14th through 18th 2009, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville , Kentucky .

OHA Program Committees often choose a focal theme for the annual meeting from among the many dimensions of oral history practice. Our approach for 2009 is a bit different: we identify a broader umbrella under which we hope the meeting, structurally and substantively, can put many of these dimensions in productive dialogue with each other.

Collecting and preserving stories via interviews long has been the central focus of oral history method and practice. The 2009 Annual Meeting celebrates this basic unit of our field, the interview, by placing it within a circle of critical issues necessarily encountered in working with oral histories—in “doing something” with the materials oral historians collect. Too often relegated to the methodological sidelines, these include technological, philosophical, analytical, archival, collaborative, ethical, educational, and public aspects of working with oral history interviews.

Interviews are always conducted within a social/political context, and oral history interviews demand sensitive collaboration beginning with the social contract between interviewer and interviewee. But this requirement extends well beyond the interview to the processes and questions surrounding archives and use, access and presentation, analysis and exposition, ethics and morality, and teaching, research, and public engagement. Oral history interviews in use are not static documents but have human dimension, a quality enhanced by interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches. Oral history is both process and product; it is human interaction and human voice; it is the “raw” interview and the “cooked” documentary and everything in-between.

It is on that in-between ground that the Program Committee hopes to center the Annual Meeting’s discussion: How do we make an oral history into History? How do we transform oral history into exhibits, web-sites, multi-media, and public programming? How do we incorporate oral history into research, writing, documentary and community settings, applications fostered by everything from technological advances to the changing nature of humanities and community research? And how do these concerns alter understandings of the method and meanings of oral history itself?

The Program Committee especially welcomes proposals exploring this middle ground of engaged use from a variety of vantages and in a variety of modes. We invite proposals from individuals and panels, as well as for roundtables, performances, listening and viewing sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. We especially encourage presentations that include audio, transcription, exhibitions, video, and Internet.

The Program Committee invites presenters themselves to help shape the conference focus and structure through early submission. We propose a rolling submission deadline, from November 5, 2008, to January 31, 2009. Starting in November, we will begin to structure the meeting around conversations emerging in the proposals, so as to create unique spaces for discussion across and beyond the program’s individual sessions. Our goal is to enhance what happens beyond the sessions or meeting rooms, including those invaluable conversations in the hallways and happy hours.

OHA is open to proposals from the variety of fields traditionally represented in our meetings, such as folklore, history, sociology, anthropology, communications, American studies, political science, and urban studies. In recognition of the important work taking place outside the United States , we also hope to see a significant international presence at the meeting. And, as always, OHA welcomes proposals from independent scholars, community activists and organisers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, web designers, documentary producers, media artists, ethnographers, public historians, and all practitioners whose work is especially relevant to this meeting’s interest in “moving beyond the interview.”

Proposal format: 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: .

All proposals must be submitted via Email. The cover sheet and all proposal documents must be combined in one Attachment in Mrcorsoft WORD format. Please do not send the documents in spearte attachments. Send directly to : [email protected] . Do not send proposals to the program chairs.

Should you not receive email confirmation by February 13th, please contact the OHA office to make sure your print or email submission has been received.

Proposal queries may be directed to:

Alicia J. Rouverol, Independent Scholar, 2009 Program Co-Chair: [email protected]
Mark Tebeau, Cleveland State University , 2009 Program Co-Chair: [email protected]
Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo , SUNY, 2009-10 OHA President: [email protected]

Proposals must be sent by November 5, 2008, for consideration in the special networking structures we hope to create, or by January 31, 2009 at the latest, for consideration as a free-standing proposal. Send proposals directly to:

Madelyn Campbell [email protected]

Executive Secretary Oral History Association
Dickinson College , P. O. Box 1773 Carlisle , PA 17013
Telephone (717) 245-1036 Fax: (717) 245-1046