Future Conferences and Meetings


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 the Sixteenth 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


9th National Meeting and Third International Oral History Congress, “The uses of memory and oral history,”

The meeting will take place on 7, 8 and 9 October 2009 in  Manzana de las Luces, located in Peru 272, Buenos Aires from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

Presentations will be divided into two categories: posters and research papers. In both cases, presenters must provide a one page summary of no more than 2,000 characters with spaces. This should include a short and clear explanation of the project and its goals. Authors’ names, affiliation (if any), telephone number, email and postal address should also be included. 

Submission deadlines:

Abstracts: April 30, 2009;
Submissions: July 31, 2009.

Presenters should advise if audiovisual equipment (Canyon Power Point, DVD, etc.) is needed when submitting abstracts.

The registration fee is $40 and $20 for students with valid identification. A 20 per cent discount will be given to those registering prior to July 31. AHORA members are exempt from this fee. 

Pablo Pozzi Oral History Program Director – UBA
Liliana Barela General Director’s Office of Heritage and Historical Institute of the City of Buenos Aires

Information and Registration:
General Director’s Office of Heritage and Historical Institute
Av Córdoba 1556. Floor (1055)
Phone: 4813-5822/9370

AHORA, Oral History Association Argentina 
[email protected]


The 16th National Conference of the Oral History Association of Australia will be held in Launceston, Tasmania, 17–20 September 2009.

There will be 55 speakers over 4 days.

Richard Whiteing, research manager/archivist, Robben Island Museum, South Africa
Remembering Nelson Mandela on Robben Island

Alan Harris Stein
, archival oral historian, Chicago State University
Rocking the boat: Studs Terkel’s 20th century
Christobel Mattingley, AM, author, DUnivSA
A country postmistress, women artists, Aboriginal people, a tin miner, a Lancaster pilot and a refugee – publishing their stories
Gwenda Beed Davey, AM, Research Fellow, Deakin University
Fish Trout, You’re Out: sound recordings of childhood in NLA’s Oral History and Folklore Section


  • Indigenous people and place
  • Giving voice to Down syndrome
  • Art and oral history
  • Issues with interviewing
  • Fact v fiction in oral history
  • Life and social relationships in the 1930s depression
  • Memories of migrant hostels and Displaced Persons
  • Teaching oral history in universities
  • Oral history and community
  • Response to the Apology to Aboriginal people
  • From campfire to computer
  • Oral history and place
  • Oral history in the workplace
  • Family photographs from late raj India
  • Greek ‘aliens’ and Yolngu people in WWII
  • Oral history and the reconciliation process
  • Oral history on the web
  • The Anzac myth and the Vietnam War
  • Memories of Hazara refugees
  • Oral history as a resource


Full details:    

Jill Cassidy, [email protected]
President OHAA (Tas) Inc, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. PO Box 403, Launceston Tasmania Australia 7250


Fifth Southern Regional Oral History Meeting: “Inequalities and Differences”

The Southern Regional branch of the Brazilian Association of Oral History (ABHO) and the Master’s Program in History, “Power and Social Practices” at the University of West of Paraná (UNIOESTE) will host the Fifth Southern Regional Oral History Meeting: “Inequalities and Differences” between 25 and 28 May 2009 in the city of Marechal Cândido Rondon – Paraná, Brazil.

The event is based on the premise that contemporary realities have challenged historians and social scientists–      particularly those concerned with Oral History methodologies–to rethink the vitality and dynamics of socio-cultural situations, approaches to inequality, difference and otherness as historical constructs. The choice of this conference’s theme “Inequalities and differences” was made to address in an articulate manner the multi-relatonal dimensions pertaining to these issues from within and based on the rich legacy left from the productive process of culture and social life. Consistently problematic within these areas are persistent dichotomies of Center/margin that have hegemonized hierarchies that they had previously sought to bring down.

The Southern Regional  branch of the Brazilian Association of Oral History (ABHO) and the Master’s Program in History, “Power and Social Practices” at the University of the West of Paraná (Unioeste)



16th International Oral History Conference Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning / Entre el Pasado y el Futuro: Comprensión de la Historia y Memoria Oral

Prague, Czech Republic
Clarion Congress Hotel Prague
7 – 11 July, 2010


Papers are invited from around the world for contributions to the 16th International Oral History Conference hosted by the International Oral History Association in collaboration with the Czech Oral History Association and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Our attention focuses this time around on finding and making sense of the past and human identity through oral history. We will focus on number of research fields where oral history can contribute to a better understanding not only of our past but of our lives in general. Also, for the first time our conference will take place in an ex-totalitarian country. This enables us to analyze the specific role of oral history research in societies where other, especially official records about the past have been submitted to censorship or have been discarded.

We encourage scholars all around the world and all those who have worked with oral history in a wide range of settings such as museums, heritage agencies, academic institutions, law courts, radio and television, performing arts and community projects to participate in XVI International Oral History Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.


Proposals may be for a conference paper or a thematic panel. 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.

  • Individual papers – these will be grouped by the conference organizers into panels or workshops with papers which have a similar focus
  • Thematic panels – proposals for a thematic panel should contain no more than four presenters, representing different countries

During the conference Special Interest Groups will take place. These network sessions are intended for oral historians to meet, establish contacts, share resources and ideas.

The places and times of SIGs will be announced in the program of the conference. Suggestions and offers about possible themes are invited (please contact the local organizers).

Master classes led by internationally recognized oral history scholars and practitioners will be held before the Conference. To apply to these paid classes or workshops, please follow the Master Classes link at our website.


Please submit a 300-word maximum proposal summarizing your presentation, via the
Conference Website: http://www.ioha2010prague.cz/ Proposals (and subsequent papers) must be written in English or Spanish.

You will also be requested to supply the following information:

• Name
• Institutional or Academic Affiliation (not compulsory)
• Postal Address
• Email Address
• Telephone and Fax numbers
• Theme/s for your proposal
• Indication if the proposal is an individual paper or a thematic panel

Presenters will be required to send their final paper in idiomatic English or Spanish, with a summary in both languages. Summaries will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. Translations should be of publishable quality, preferably written or reviewed by a native speaker or professional translator in that language. The Organizing Committee will notify acceptance or rejection of proposals by October 31, 2009. The Conference will allow as much as possible to the conference audiences to hear the voices of narrators and will provide all the necessary technical equipment.


1. Memories of violence, war and totalitarianism. The persecuted, civil rights, trauma and forgetting
2. Memory and Politics: Experiences of political participation
3. Islands of Freedom: The role of subculture, folklore and oral traditions in society.Alternative culture, music, dance and identity.
4. Memories of Family: Motherhood, fatherhood and generational exchange
5. Migrations: Exile, migratory movements, Diaspora and the search of identity
6. The World of Work: Memories and experiences. Gender and the perception of labour
7. Gender/ing memories and the making of sexual identities. Oral Histories of gays and lesbians.
8. Health and Healthcare: health centers, the elderly and disabled; health workers
9. Ecology and Disasters: Environmental issues, natural heritage and cultural change
10. Sharing/Passing on Beliefs: Religion and oral traditions
11. Organizing Oral History: Institutions, archives, museums, organizations and grassroots groups.
12. Methodological, archival and technological issues Theory and Method in Oral History: Legal and ethical issues.
13. Teaching Oral History: Experiences in formal and informal education
14. Oral History and the Media

The Conference website (http://www.ioha2010prague.cz/) and online-registration system will be launched at the beginning of March, 2009.


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. Unfortunately, the fund is small so only a part of the costs can be covered. Therefore we suggest the potential applicants to start their fundraising at the same time of sending in their paper proposal. All IOHA Scholarship applicants will be asked to explain from where else theyexpect funding.

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.

Related information ON IOHA Scholarship and application forms will be available on the
IOHA Website (http://www.iohanet.org) from May 2009.


Deadline for proposals

July 10, 2009.

Acceptance or rejection of proposals

October 31, 2009.

Receipt of papers for publication on conference CD Rom:

February 28, 2010.


NOVEMBER 30, 2009

Notification of award

December 5, 2009


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:

Africa: Radikobo Ntsimane (South Africa) – [email protected]
Asia: Tineke Jansen (UK/China) – [email protected]
Europe: Mirek Vanek (Check Republic) – [email protected]
Miren Llona (Spain) [email protected]
South America: Pablo Pozzi (Argentina) – [email protected]
Antonio Montenegro (Brazil)- [email protected]
North America: Alexander Freund (Canadá) – [email protected]
Calinda Lee (EUA) – [email protected]
Juan Gutiérrez (EUA/Mexico) – [email protected]
Oceania: Megan Hutching (New Zealand) – [email protected]

To contact the Conference organizers in Prague, please email or write to:
Oral History Center. Institute of Contemporary History
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Vlašská 9 118 40 Praha (Prague) Czech Republic

Pavel Mücke [email protected]


International and Interdisciplinary Symposium entitled “Spaces and memories: actions and interactions”  (1989-2009)”October 15-17 2009

Venue: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Université de Limoges) – Center for Memory (Oradour-sur-Glane). Languages: French, English and Spanish

This international and interdisciplinary symposium is part of the wide crossroads linking space and memory. Within a comparative dynamics on the one hand we analyze the actions carried out by different organisms and institutions to mark space with the footprint of memory. On the other hand, we also aim to study the actions taken to remove traces of the past. Efforts will  also be made to analyze all types of interactions between history and memory: how the memory of certain events has indelibly marked certain areas or created spaces to become receptacles and narrators of memory. The objective is to favour significant dynamics over the past two decades, since the fall of the Berlin Wall until the present day.

Proposed papers include the following blocks:

  • Centers of memory: mediators of history and memory.
  • Landscape and memory, or the staging of history. Refurbishment of parks and gardens dedicated to memory.
  • The city as a memory receptacle, from the naming of monuments and including the safeguarding or destruction of historical heritage.
  • Forgotten Spaces: transformation and disappearance of the traces  of the past

Publication of the call for papers: 15 January 2009
Submission of abstracts: 15 May 2009
Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2009
Publication of the final agenda: 30 September 2009
Symposium Dates: October 15-17 2009

Jesús Alonso [email protected]
Research Team « Espaces Humains et Interactions Culturelles » (EA 1087)
Université de Limoges


Second Annual Meeting of the Italian Oral History Association, Memory, work and labor Padova, May 14-15, 2009

Call for papers

The Second Annual Meeting of the Italian Oral History Association will seek new points of view and new critical debates on the themes of work and labor. The history of work and labor is often represented along a one-directional paradigm of modernization and Fordism: from craft to factory, from homestead to industry, from occasional and temporary to full-time and permanent jobs. The emphasis on the factory has often led to underestimating the complexity of a social space in which huge industrial establishments coexisted with a wide range of small firms and family enterprises. Some of the latter suffered from a nearly irreversible crisis in the 1960s and 1970s, to resurface recently, often in radically changed form and shape, while the Fordist paradigm was being made obsolete in a capitalistic strategy based on information technology, flexibility of production, globalization of markets, social and economic deregulation. Important sectors of the economy grew on the basis of unstable relationships and widening informal networks bordering on illegality.
Through the collection and application of oral sources, the meeting will study the role of work, in its manifold forms and organizations, in post-World War II Italian society, focusing on individual and group identities and on subjective perceptions of memory. Along with the experience of wage earners, in order to understand the different aspects of a very complex reality, we also plan to investigate the point of view of management and entrepreneurs, focusing especially on the experiences of those small or medium enterprises that can often be understood (beyond the merely quantitative available data) through the use of oral sources.

The conference is also open to international contributions and comparative analyzes.

Proposals – in the form of abstracts of no more that 500 words – ought to be received by March 20, 2009 at the following e-mail address: [email protected]. The list of speakers will be released by the end of March. Abstracts of significant proposals that cold not be included due to time considerations will also be circulated among participants and discussed in the final round table. The contributions will be held in Italian, French or English.

Call for videos: “Telling the story of work”
Given the increasing role of video in oral history research, a series of video essays will also be included in the Second AISO annual meeting. Videos, of no more than 30 minutes length, will concern the history and memory of work and labor as described in the call for papers. Only videos produced in the last three years will be considered. An award will be granted to the three best videos presented in the meeting; they will be circulated by AISO through institutions, universities and schools.

Video essays must be mailed before March 30, to the attention of AISO, c/o Ass.cult. Circolo Gianni Bosio, Via Di S. Ambrogio, 4, 00186 Roma, tel. 06-68135642. For information, please contact Vanessa Roghi ([email protected]).

Gabriella Gribaudi, AISO President


The Labyrinth of Memory: An Approach to  Oral History

Organized by the Laboratory of Oral History, Department of Culture and Society, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Guanajuato.

Coordinator of the Laboratory. Ada Marina Lara Meza.
Workshop Coordinator Ruth Villegas Yolanda Atilano.

Aimed at: All those interested in oral history as a tool for researching oral and video recorded testimonies of people who have marked the political, economic and social history of the state of Guanajuato and have forged its identity. This conference encourages specialists in the humanities such as history, sociology, anthropology, psychology and communication to attend. 

Objectives: This conference seeks to understand Oral History through its theoretical and methodological tenets, highlighting its importance as a tool for reconstructing the past. The conference also wishes to examine technical aspects of Oral History, such as recording and archiving audio and video recordings.

Conference Office: Central State Library Wigberto Moreno Jiménez. 
Dates: 27, 28 and 29 April

Ada Marina Lara Meza [email protected]
Ruth Villegas Yolanda Atilano [email protected]
Universidad de Guanajuato



8th International Congress of Oral History “Oral History and Interdisciplinary Approaches: Challenges and Prospects”

University of Colima
Organizers: Faculty of Arts and Communication and Culture program of the University Center for Social Research (CUIS)
From  September 9-11, 2009

Please send abstracts and accepted papers prior to the deadlines indicated above to Karla Y. Covarrubias Cuéllar ([email protected]) or Cuevas and Ana Josefina Hernández ([email protected])


Papers should be around 10 pages including bibliography. They should be formatted in Arial font
size 10 pts with 1.5 line spacing. Bibliography and notes should follow APA guidelines.


a) Researchers and faculty speakers: 1,000 pesos
b) University students (from any level) and AMHO members not presenting: 500.00 pesos m/n
c) AMHO members presenting papers: 700.00 pesos m/n (provided they have submitted their 2009 quota of 500.00 pesos m/n. This amount may be paid the publication of this call for papers until 28 February, in accordance with September 2007 AMHO General Assembly held at the University of Guanajuato.
d) Attendance at the conference (researchers, teachers and students of any grade): $ 500.00 m/n

1) The date of registration for speakers should be no later than June 30, 2009.
2) The fee as a speaker or an assistant to the conference and the annual quota AMHO partners should be made to the following bank account:
Financial institution: Banco Banorte
Number and name of the branch: 1601 (Colima, Country Plaza)
Account No.: 004915662821377630
After the registration payment is completed, please send a copy of the deposit receipt to the following FAX number (312) 31 6 11 27 (University Center for Social research, CUIS the U. of C.). Alternatively, the document may be scanned and e-mailed to Karla Y. Covarrubias Cuéllar, AMHO treasurer: [email protected] and Isela Guadalupe Uribe Alvarado scholar CUIS: [email protected]

The Mexican Association of Oral History (AMHO)


2009 OHA Annual Meeting Moving Beyond the Interview October, 14-18, 2009, Louisville Kentucky

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 2009 annual meeting to be held October 14-18, 2009, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Conference planning, now underway, promises an exciting meeting, one in which we hope to create new opportunities for conversation.

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 March 6, 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 organizers, 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 downloaded.

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

Should you not receive email confirmation by March 20, please contact the OHA office to make sure your 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]

For more information, contact:
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


First International Oral History Forum On Oral History In Venezuela
(In preparation of the IV International Oral History Meeting) Valencia (Venezuela), 15, 16 and 17 October 2009.

University of Carabobo. COUNCIL Scientific and Humanistic Development (CDCH-UC). FACULTY OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (FACE-UC). Center for Research and Historical Studies (CIEH-FACE)


This conference will take place in Valencia, Venezuela  between 15 and 17 October 2009 and will prepare the groundwork for the Fourth International Conference. Through this workshop, the following areas will be considered:

  • Theory, method and research techniques in Oral History (particularly the issues that are the focus of research).
  • Formal and informal educational experiences, in Oral History.
  • Urban and demographic spaces
  • Research issues in oral history in Venezuela; Current or completed research projects.

Prior to the deadline, applicants must submit an abstract of their paper not exceeding two hundred words. Please insure the author’s name is included. Once the abstract is admitted, the complete paper of no more than 12 pages (including notes and bibliography) and formated in 12 point Times New Roman and 1.5 spacing. Please confirm reception. Both the abstract and paper should be sent to Raul M. Melendez and / or Jaime Ybarra Morán.
Email. [email protected] [email protected]


  • Reception deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2009
  • Publication of accepted papers. 15 July 2009.
  • Reception deadline  for papers. 30 August 2009.

REGISTRATION: Registration fees are the following:

Speakers • 120 BsF
Attendees  100 BsF

Please deposit payments in the name of  Raul M. Melendez to account number. 01160026330007730853  at the BO.D. Both speakers and attendees must, as soon as possible, send payment details to the conference organizers.

Academic Committee:
Prof. (a) Jessy Romero Divo. Leadership. UC
Prof. Ulises Rojas. Academic Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Luis Torres. Dean. FACE-UC

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Raul M. Melendez (Coordinator).
Giannina Fusco (Executive Secretary)
Xiomara Rodriguez (Member)
Jaime M. Ybarra (Member)
Luis Hernandez (Member)
Carlos Cochiarella (Member)
José Gregorio Machado (Member)

Director of Research FACE


First International Oral History Symposium: “Oral Archives,  The Social Internet And Living Heritages,”  1-2 July 2009

The Museum of Cultural Memory and Oral Andina (MUMCOA) will convene its First International Symposium on Oral History at the University of Los Andes on 1 and 2 July 2009.
Location: Simón Bolívar Chair, Faculty of Humanities and Education. Building A. 1st floor, Ave. Las Americas. Núcleo La Liria

Organizing Committee:

Niria Suárez. General Coordinator. ([email protected])
Prof. Justina Walls
Deysi Godoy. ([email protected])
Pablo Lara. ([email protected])
Nelly Parra Mercedes Becerra. ([email protected])

Registration and reservations:

Students: 50 BsF.
Professionals: 70 BsF
Historical Studies Center “Carlos Emilio Muñoz Oraá. [Centro de Estudios Históricos “Carlos Emilio Muñoz Oraá”. Av. Universidad. Res. Los Caciques. Edif. Mara. Planta baja.]
Tel 58-274-2401818 / 2401819.
Deysi Godoy.
([email protected])

Pablo Lara. [email protected]
Nelly Mercedes Parra Becerra. [email protected]