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The Prague organisational team of the 16th IOHa conference was formated immediately after Guadalajara where it was announced that the next international IOHA conference will take place in the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, in the following months we had to break up our partnership with the CTB agency because of their extremely high organisational expenses. The organisation of the whole conference was therefore completely taken over by the four Oral History Center (OHC) employees: M.Vaněk, P. Mücke, H. Pelikanová and H. Zimmerhaklová who are also teaching at the Charles University. Our institution, the Institute for Contemporary History (ICH), and its director, O. Tůma, were very supporting and enabled us to devote ourselves to the organisation of the conference during our standard „academic“ working hours. Nobody from the team had any previous experience with organisation of such international and large-scale event.

The beginning of our organisational efforts were discouraging because of the global economic crisis which broke out also in the Czech Republic in 2009. Several sponsors withdrew their sponsorships because of the financial situation. In spite of this, we managed to establish cooperation with the institutions that are now the main organisors of the conference. First of all it is the ICH of the Academy of Sciences, which, besides having enabled us to organize the conference itself, also takes care of all financial aspects of the organisation, including accounting, economic agenda and the communication with the bank. Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, ensured and financed the rent of Karolinum aula, the medieval quarters of the Charles University which are currently used for important public and academic ceremonies. Vize 97, the foundation of Havel spouses, rented us the representative Prague Crossroads for just one third of their ordinary fee. Prague‘s Crossroads was the host of many important meetings of European and world thinkers at events such as Forum 2000, the Vize 97 prize awards or beneficiary concerts of important non-governmental organisations. The aula is also a place where important social events take place, for example the recent celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism. Furthermore, Faculty of Economics (the conference venue) offered us far more affordable price for conference facilities than any other commercial subject in Prague. Last but not least, our partner Instituto Cervantes Praga will help us with interpreting and will also provide a financial support.

We managed to obtain sponsorship from various institutions, above all from the Zdenek Bakala Foundation (500.000 CZE), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (190.000 CZE) and the US Embassy (35.000 CZE).
The members of Prague organisational team have to deal with the biggest work load in connection with the organisation of the 16th IOHA conference. Each of us has a different duty and takes care of different aspect of the conference organisation, for example the accommodation, sponsporships, communication with the organisers, communication with the participants about the fees or papers, communication with translation and cattering agencies, making of the cultural programme etc.). In retrospective, I believe that the biggest problem in organisation so far was to create an effective registration and payment system. Although it would definitely need further improvement, it fulfilled the majority of tasks expected from it. The conference team has also been communicating dynamically with the whole oral history community. For the last few months we were burried under an avalanche of questions which were more than often formulated in mother tongues of the participants (besides, many of the partipants didn’t take time to read the organisational instructions carefully). Only thanks to P. Mucke‘s and H. Zimmerhaklova’s efforts and personal engagement could each of these questions from participants from almost 60 countries of the world be answered.

The primary goal of the Prague organisational team is to get together, get to know each other and communicate. We would be glad if this conference provided the platform for meetings of oral historians and scholars from all over the world. We will theferore focus on interpreting which will be provided in three paralleled sessions during the whole period of the conference, along additional activities aiming at providing as many meeting points for our sholars as possible during the conference. If we are successful in achieving our goals, I hope that participants (not only the members of the Czech Oral History Association) will be leaving Prague full of energy not only because of this beautiful city, but especially because of having participated at this international conference and having established new friendships. This is what we would like the 16th International Oral History Conference to achieve and this is why we are organising it.

Miroslav Vaněk | Prague team

Introductory course / workshop in Oral History: Oral History as a resource for recognizing the role of Spanish immigration in ‘this Argentina of the Bicentennial.’

The course will take place from Wednesday, 2 June 2010, at the ORT School (Escuela ORT). The school is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy. Four study sessions will be held on Wednesdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 June 2010, from six to nine in the eventing. They will take place at the Head Office of ORT Almargo, located at Yatay 240, Capital.
Professor Laura Benadiba, Director of the Oral History Program of ORT and specialist in oral history methodology, will lead the learning experience with Luis Úbeda Queralt, an archivist and manager of the Department of Oral Sources at the Historical Archive of Barcelona. The course is intended for teachers, archivists, librarians, students, researchers, neighbourhood communities and the general public.

The core of the work will focus on oral history methodology. In this case, the focus will be on research into migratory processes, such as the Spanish case.

The original idea for the course was inspired by an awareness of the importance of the Spanish migration experience for the development of our country. It aims to address the question of how, from our present, and using oral history as the medium of analysis, we can create a practice that weaves a complex path between lived experience and the process of learning. We could synthesize this process thus: to transmit, bequeath, inherit, receive, re-signify and relearn.

Laura Benadiba | [email protected]


First Working Sessions on Eduction, Human Rights and Memory
19 – 20 August 2010, The Cultural Centre of San Lorenzo (Centro Cultural de San Lorenzo).  Entrance to the Cultural Centre located at Ríos 510, San Lorenzo, Province of Santa Fe.

Organized by Organizers Institute of the Teaching Profession N°22, History Section and the Secretariat of Human Rights (San Lorenzo Municipality).

The aim of these sessions on “Eduction, Human Rights and Memory” is to generate a place of reflection on the production of knowledge and the practice of human rights. It is an attempt to link the institutes for teacher training with other academic spheres, and with the general community at large. At the same time, it is intended that the research will analyze approaches, teaching methods. foundations and activities in the subject of human rights that are generated by teachers and researchers alike. The aim is to open a dynamic communicative space between the distinctive agents in the educational field. The historian Laura Benadiva has been invited to give a seminar entitled, “Reconstruct unique Histories from diversity”

Laura Benadiba | [email protected]



The Ninth Session of History and Oral Sources, Madrid 28 – 30 October 2010. Biographical Stories: Oral Sources for History.

Oral sources have played an important part in the construction of biographies of actors from the Spanish Second Republic. Many of these projects have been carried out using oral methodologies, and certainly many have been based on its use. We believe that the moment has arrived for those working within our discipline to reflect upon the path that has been taken to date. We also believe it is time to carry out a critical revision of the oral testimonies of life experience that have already been accumulated. In the Ninth Session of History and Oral Sources we propose to debate and analyze the theme from the double perspective of theory and practice. In these seminars we will present and discuss both historians and their work. These sessions will compare and analyze finalized projects open to new scrutiny and interpretations. This will allow us to treat biography as a model for the reconstruction of life-stories and the deconstruction of the concept of biography itself.

Submissions should be sent before June 30, 2010, to the Editorial Board of the Seminar of Oral Sources (SFO), at the following address:
Piso 10,  Dpto. Historia Contemporánea, Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid 28040.

A digital copy of the submission should also be sent to the SFO Editorial Board at: [email protected]

The Program
Day One: Friday, 28 October 2010. Faculty of Geography and History, UCM (Facultad de Geografía e Historia UCM)

9:00                 Presentation of materials and welcome to speakers and attendees
9:30                 Presentations
10:00               First paper. Elena Hernández Sandoica, Professor of Contemporary History, University Complutense of Madrid: “The theoretical and historiographical frames of biography”
11:30   Pause
12:00               Second paper. Invited foreign speaker, Luisa Passerini, Professor of the University of Turin: “Biographical experiences”
13:30   Lunch
16:00               Presentations
17:30               Pause
18:00               Third Paper. Joaquín Leguina Herrán, Former President of CAM and Writer
19:30               Guided visit of “Madrid de los Austrias”

Day Two: Saturday, 29 October 2010. National Historical Archive (Archivo Histórico Nacional)

10:00               Fourth Paper presented by Francisco Caudet Roca, Professor of Spanish Philology, University Complutense of Madrid: “Creating history, narrating and mediations of intentionality”
11:30               Pause
12:00               Presentations
13:30   Lunch
16:00               Round table debate. Francisco Erice. SFO Association. Mren Llona, AHOA Association, Oral History Archive (Ahozko Historiaren Artxiboa): “Biographical Projects”
17:30               Presentations
19:00   Pause
19:30               Documentary

Day Three: Sunday, 30 October 2010. National Historical Archive

10:00   Fifth Paper, Dr. Anna Caballé Masforroll, Manager of the Biographical Studies Unit, UB: “The biographical story” 
11:30               Pause
12:00               SFO Meeting
13:00               Closing Ceremony

The Oral Sources Seminar (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) is organized by José María Gago, with the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the University Complutense of Madrid and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

José María Gago | [email protected]
Oral Sources Seminar   [email protected]



The Second National Meeting of Oral History: “Debates, techniques and challenges of Oral History in Columbia”, and the First District Meeting of Orality: “Uses of and Developments in Oral History, Life Histories, Memories and Identities.”  The Meeting will take place at the IDRD Auditorium and the Virgilio Barco Library, Bogotá, Columbia, 26 – 28 August 2010.

Central themes to be covered:
1) Completed or developing research and analysis produced using oral history methodology and / or focused on memory.
2) Experiences and strategies in gathering, recording, sharing and safeguarding material: galleries, museums, photographic expositions, memorials, and others.

  • Contributions and debates related to:

a) The theory and methodology of oral history; memory and history; orality and oral sources; memory, forgetfulness and impunity; power and memory; memory, rights and conflict; uses and abuses of memory.
b) Territory, memory and identity; social movements, territory and memory; resistance from the territory; social cartographies and memory; identity and territory; processes for recovering memory and identity in the city.
c) The production of documents and archives; creation, treatment and preservation of oral sources; setting-up archives; public policies regarding archives of oral sources and memory.
4) Educational practices, processes and experiences with orality, memory, archives, identity and oral history: classroom projects, institutional projects and the systematic arrangement of results.
The workshops are oriented towards national and international guests of broad experience and significant achievement. There is a limited quota of participants.

Fabio Castro | [email protected]



Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation
2010 Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association
October 27-31, Sheraton Downtown, Atlanta, Georgia

Focusing on the themes of civil and human rights, new immigration, and gay and lesbian history, “Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation” will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Student Movement, the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Here are some highlights to entice you:

-Wednesday evening Special Event, “Soul of the People: Writing America’s Story,” film clips and a panel featuring Stetson Kennedy, of the WPA project,  and filmmakers Andrea Kalin and David Taylor.  The panel will be complemented by live music and photographs of the Great Depression performed by the “198 String Band.” 
-Thursday evening Presidential Reception will be held at the Carter Library and Museum, featuring a tour of the presidential exhibition. 
– Friday Luncheon, “Owning Your Own Voice, Trusting Your Power,” Keynote Speaker is PBS award-winning journalist, Maria Hinojosa.   
– Saturday Evening Banquet Keynote Panel will remember personal experiences of the Atlanta Student Movement and SNCC, featuring Constance Curry and Lonnie King. 
-Plenaries on the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Immigration, and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender histories. 
-Ten Book Spotlights featuring new 2010 oral history books, including Alessandro Portelli’s, They Say in Harlan County,  D’Ann Penner and Keith Ferdinand’s Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond; and Don Ritichie’s new edition of the Oxford Handbook on Oral History.
-Special workshops on Digital Preservation; Web. 2.0 for Oral History; Video and Oral History; Oral History for Teachers; Train the Trainer, for community projects; a community oral history showcase; and a special roundtable on publishing and editing oral history. 
-Saturday tours on Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta; and New Immigrant Communities along the Buford Highway.

Atlanta promises to be a big conference with over 90 concurrent sessions, including international participants.  The program is exciting and packed!  For registration information please contact [email protected]

Rina Benmayor, OHA President-Elect   ([email protected])
David Reichard ([email protected]) and Tomás Summers Sandoval ([email protected]), Atlanta Program Co-Chairs


Advanced Oral History Summer Institute
Regional Oral History Office
August 16-20, 2010

The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) at the University of California, Berkeley, is offering a one-week advanced institute on the methodology, theory, and practice of oral/video history. This will take place at The Bancroft Library on the Berkeley campus from August 16-20, 2010. The cost of the five-day institute is $800.

Designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, college faculty, and independent scholars using oral history interviews as part of a research project, the institute is also open to museum and community-based historians who are engaged in oral history work. The institute is limited to forty participants and applications will be accepted up to April 30.  Acceptances will be made on an on-going basis if participants meet the requirements, so we urge you to apply as soon as possible. [See on-line application below]   Institute presentations by ROHO faculty and invited specialists will cover: project planning; preparation for interviewing and interview techniques; engaging oral histories with other kinds of archival documents; interview analysis; legal and ethical responsibilities such as copyright and human subject protection requirements. The goal of the institute is to strengthen the ability of its participants to conduct research-focused interviews and to consider the special characteristics of interviews as historical evidence in a rigorous academic environment.  We will devote particular attention to how oral history interviews can broaden and deepen historical interpretation situated within contemporary discussions of history, subjectivity, memory, and memoir.

Participants will also work throughout the week in small research-interest groups led by faculty with similar interests. Institute members will be given readings, a list of other participants and the week’s schedule prior to the institute. Housing and most meals must be arranged separately. A list of housing options will be made available.

Further information and online applications are available at . Please contact Robin Li ([email protected]) with any questions about the 2010 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute.

About the Regional Oral History Office
The Regional Oral History Office is a research program of the University of California, Berkeley, working within The Bancroft Library.

ROHO conducts, teaches, analyzes, and archives oral and video history documents in a broad variety of subject areas critical to the history of California and the United States.

ROHO provides a forum for students and scholars working with oral sources to deepen the quality of their research and to en


The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development

UCLA Conference:  October 22-24, 2010

Los Angeles Festival:  September, 2010 – March, 2011

This innovative conference and festival will highlight the extraordinary Watts Towers of Sabato (Simon/Sam) Rodia, Italian immigrant and single-minded artist, who wanted to do “something big.”  His Towers in Watts, a National Historic Landmark and internationally-renowned icon, are both a personal artistic expression and collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo—Our Town/Our People.  This Initiative seeks to refocus attention on the Watts Towers, renew our commitment to art in human and community development, and celebrate the common ground of the Watts Towers as an inspiring symbol of creativity, sustained resolve in adversity, and positive transformation.  A consortium of sponsors* will launch this Initiative in 2010 with an international conference at UCLA, and public events throughout the city, in a festival of art, film, theater, music, communal food tables, and tours, with the goal of addressing modes of sustaining art, community development, the common good, as well as promoting hospitality and partnership across geographic, social, and other boundaries.

Paper/presentation proposals must be submitted by e-mail only and include:

  1. One-paragraph bio-bibliography or resumé (with name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number)
  2. Paper title and one-page abstract addressing one or more of the five themes below as they apply specifically to the Watts Towers or to related areas in other cultural contexts (please indicate to which of the themes your paper pertains):
    1. Rodia’s Towers in art and architectural history
    2. The Watts Towers campus:  monument, art center, community
    3. Preserving and promoting the Watts Towers
    4. Art, cultural heritage, and migration:  local, national, global cartographies
    5. Art, education, and community developmet

[Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for questions).  Please note:  financial support for conference participants is unavailable.]

Deadline:  May 15, 2010
Contact:  Luisa Del Giudice, [email protected], Project Director

* Watts Towers Arts Center, (“celebrating 50 years of inspiring art” in 2009), UCLA, the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments; Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and others. (Co-sponsor and partnership opportunities available.)

History of the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative:  Art and Migration:  Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers in Los Angeles, a historic international conference devoted to one of the most significant works of art and architecture of the last century, and to the Italian immigrant artist who created them, took place at the Università di Genova, Italy, in April of 2009.  Artists, sociologists, architectural historians, ethnologists/folklorists, oral historians, filmmakers, scholars of literature and cinema, community activists, heritage and conservation specialists, as well as civic arts administrators considered the multiple meanings of a unique artist and his highly idiosyncratic work of art.  They placed Rodia and his Towers within the context of local and global migrations, contested social and urban spaces, relations of art and economic development.  Presenters also examined the community of Watts and its monument (physical, socio-economic and political realities); art environments, vernacular traditions, and their imaginaries; Italian migrations:  literary, artistic, and visual legacies; and the feast of the Gigli of Nola, Italy.  How can we bridge these divergent discourses and goals, and how do we foster “common ground” around the Watts Towers?  The continued wellbeing of the Watts Towers, the Watts Towers Art Center, the communities which sustain them (and which are sustained by them) depend on it.

Luisa Del Giudice, Ph.D.
E-mail: [email protected]


Oral History from the Ground Up: Space, Place and Memory
Columbia University

The Columbia University Oral History Research Office is delighted to announce the 2010 Annual Summer Institute.  The Institute, Oral History from the Ground Up: Space, Place and Memory, will be held from June 7- June 18, 2010.  The Institute will examine the meaning that space, place and memory hold in producing individual, social, cultural and political narratives.

From a theoretical perspective, the Institute will focus on oral history as a space and place-producing practice, and on the uses of oral history in documenting, commemorating and memorializing historical events, cultural memories and activist projects.  Mary Marshall Clark, director of OHRO, will explore the outcomes of the September 11, 2001 Narrative and Memory Project in relation to the interpretation and commemoration of the September 11, 2001 events in the New York urban area. Alessandro Portelli, of Rome, Italy, will present on his forthcoming book on Harlan County, Kentucky – They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History – based on more than 30 years of fieldwork.  Setha Low, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, and Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, will present a workshop and a public lecture on engaged anthropology, spatial inequality, and social exclusion, based on fieldwork in New York City and Costa Rica. Institute co-director Amy Starecheski will lead interpretative field trips to area museums and urban sites where oral history is being used in innovative ways to make significant interventions in public memory.

Elizabeth Grefrath and Lance Thurner (OHRO) will explore the importance of detention and imprisonment as a space of silencing voices, focusing on current projects on the death penalty and Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. Mark Naison,director of the Bronx African American History Project, will join the Institute to present on the significance of oral history in documenting and developing Bronx communities. Core faculty will also include OHRO director emeritus Ronald J. Grele, and Linda Shopes, editor and former president of the Oral History Association. Workshops will be held on project design and management, audio and video documentary techniques, and editing for publication. The draft program of the Summer Institute can be found at nstitute_2010_Program.html

Applications are due on March 1, 2010, although early decisions are available for those who need to apply for funding or visas. Applications can be downloaded at; please follow all instructions for completing and sending the application. The dates for the 2010 Summer Institute will be June 7 to June 18. Tuition will be $1500. Limited tuition scholarships will be available. Please contact Elizabeth Grefrath ([email protected]) with all 2010 Summer Institute questions.

Elizabeth Grefrath Project Coordinator
Oral History Research Office
Columbia University
801 Butler Library, Box 20
535 W. 114th St., MC 1129
New York, NY 10027
(p) 212-851-5807
(f) 212-854-5378



The (Re)use and Interpretation of Research Materials
Helsinki, 2–3 December 2010

Papers are invited for contributions to the Oral History and Fieldwork – The (Re)use and Interpretation of Research Materials symposium hosted by the Finnish Literature Society in collaboration with the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) and The Academy of Finland project Strangers from the East – Narratives of Karelian Exiles and Re-immigrants from Russia Regarding their Integration in Finland 2009-2012 (lead by Dr. Outi Fingerroos).

The event will be the third international symposium organized by the Finnish Oral History Network. We aim to stimulate discussion and bring together scholars interested in fieldwork methodology within oral history research. The symposium will offer a discussion forum for researchers working in the field. The keynote speakers are Molly Andrews (University of East London, United Kingdom) and Selma Leydesdorff (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Fieldwork methodology has been discussed in oral history research since the late 1970s when the oral history interview was reconceptualized as a dialogically constructed text. The oral history interview was seen as a dialogical process in which both participants – the interviewee and the interviewer – took part, and the reflection of the research process has become self-evident. Methodological issues initially identified concerned the conduct, processing, and preservation of oral history materials. Subsequently the concept of field has been elaborated and is now used to refer to archived research materials, e.g. oral history interviews, written autobiographies, questionnaires and photographs, and their later use.

In recent years the focus of fieldwork methodology has turned to the secondary analysis of oral history materials, in other words the use and reuse of archived oral history and life-history materials. Methodological, ethical and theoretical issues have to be considered at all stages of research. The research process grows even more demanding when the researcher uses multiple sources and types of research material instead of keeping to one primary research material. Does this only cause problems and flaws as some have suggested? How have researchers tackled methodological and practical challenges related to the reuse of research materials? Can all research materials be reused and for what kind of research purposes?

We welcome scholars working within the field of oral and life history. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or workshop sessions. The programme will include keynote lectures, paper sessions and a final panel. The principal conference language will be English.

Participants of workshops are invited to send abstracts to the organizers. Workshop paper proposals should include a title and a maximum 250 word abstract. Please send us a single page proposal including the title of the presentation, the abstract and the following information:

– name (with your surname in CAPITAL letters)
– affiliation
– postal address
– e-mail address
– telephone and fax numbers

Proposals will be evaluated according to their focus on the topic. Proposals must be written in English. Please e-mail your proposal as an e-mail attachment by 22 May 2010 to [email protected]. The acceptance or rejection of proposals will be announced by 30 June 2010. The deadline for the papers is 30 October 2010.

The admission to the symposium is 35€.

Enquiries: [email protected]



Biennial conference of the Oral History Association of Australia (
Melbourne, 30 September- 2 October 2011

In recent years memory has been an increasingly significant resource for many different types of communities: for survivors of natural catastrophe and human-made disaster; in country towns dealing with demographic and environmental change; for cities and suburbs in constant transformation; in the preservation of special places or the restitution of human rights; for the ‘Forgotten Australians’ and ‘Stolen Generations’; for migrants and refugees creating new lives; among virtual communities sharing life stories online. Memories are used to foster common identity and purpose, to recover hidden histories and silenced stories, to recall change in the past and advocate change in the present, to challenge stereotypes and speak truth to power. The concept of ‘community’ can be enlisted for change or conservatism; ‘communities of memory’ can be inclusive and empowering, or exclusive and silencing.

Oral historians, in a variety of guises and combining age-old listening skills with dazzling new technologies, play important roles in this memory work. Our conference welcomes participants who use oral history in their work with and within communities of memory across the many fields and disciplines that contribute to community, public and academic histories. We invite proposals for individual presentations, workshops and thematic panels.

The conference will include history walks and tours that introduce participants to Melbourne’s rich and diverse communities of memory. Oral history training workshops will be held on the Thursday prior to the conference (29 September).

Keynote speakers
Stephen High: Chair in Public History and co-director of the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, Montreal; publications include Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization (2007). See
Nathalie Nguyen: Australian Research Fellow, University of Melbourne; publications include Memory Is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora (2009) and Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives (2005). See
Peter Read: Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney; publications include Tripping Over Feathers. Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams. A Stolen Generations Narrative (2009) and Returning to Nothing: The Meaning of Lost Places (1996). See
Conference sub-themes will include, but are not limited to:

Memory and Catastrophe
Memory Work for Human Rights
Indigenous Memory
Place, Community, Memory
Communities of Identity
Contested Communities
Communities of Gender and Sexuality
Migrants and Refugees
Communities of Work or Leisure
Activist Communities
War Memories
Generational Communities
Theories of Collective and Community Memory
New Approaches to Recording Lives
New Technologies for Documenting Memory and History
Memory Work in Creative and Fictional Writing
Ethical Issues in Memory Work
Training Community Oral Historians

We welcome proposals for presentations in a variety of formats and media, including standard paper presentations (typically 20 minutes); short accounts of work in progress (typically 5 minutes); participatory workshops; and thematic panels comprising several presenters. Presentations should involve oral history. Contact the organizers at [email protected] if you would like to discuss the format or focus of your presentation before you submit it.

Proposals for presentations / papers / panels should be no more than 200 words (single space, 12 point font in Times New Roman) and must include at the top your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), postal address, phone number and email address, the title for your presentation / panel, the sub-theme/s your work best connects to, and the presentation format (standard paper, short account of work in progress, thematic panel or participatory workshop). Presenters will be encouraged to submit papers to the refereed Journal of the Oral History Association of Australia (ranked in the ERA journal list), which aims to produce a theme issue about Communities of Memory.

Proposals should be uploaded to
To use this online system you will need to create an author account (a simple process) and then submit your proposal either by attaching it (with full details as listed above) as a PDF or by using the copy/paste function. If you are unable to use this system please email your proposal to [email protected]

Closing date for proposals: 31 October 2010

The ‘Communities of Memory’ conference will take place at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne’s city centre. It is organized by the Oral History Association of Australia (Victoria branch) in partnership with ABC Radio National Social History Unit, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Institute for Public History at Monash University, Museum Victoria, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Professional Historians Association and the State Library of Victoria.

For conference information or to join the conference mailing list please go to the conference website at or email [email protected]


Second International Conference of the History of the Recent Past, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 15 – 18 March 2011.

The Second International Conference of the History of the Recent Past has as its objective the expansion and strengthening of studies about the history of the recent past. We hope that this conference consolidates research networks and thus brings about even more development in the debates and interchanges. Further, we hope it will give rise to the development of other activities which facilitate the diffusion of these debates beyond the university domain, drawing into the relationship those social movements interested in the theoretical discussions.

The Conference will cover the following themes:

1. The History of the Recent Past: the historian’s new territory

  • The history of the recent past as a new historiographical proposition.
  • The theory and methodology of the history of the recent past.
  • Conceptual and methodological problems regarding recent history, present history, history of the present time and history of the recent past.
  • Thematic evaluation of debates about the history of the recent past in History to Debate (Historia a Debate).
  • The history of the recent past in different domains: literature, cinema, etc.
  • Teaching the history of the recent past.

2. Latin America, 1980-2010: from debt crisis to the Latin American New Left.

  • Processes of historical reconstruction of state terrorism and the politics of memory in Latin America.
  • Evaluation of three decades of neoliberalism in Latin America.
  • The left wing in power in Latin America: 1999 – 2010
  • Meaning and performance of the Bolivian Revolution in Venezuela.
  • Latin American social movements as a principal factor in the resistance to the neoliberal model.
  • The role of social movements in the electoral success of the left in Latin America.

3. The twenty-first century crisis of capitalism: re-adaptations and changes in the world power game. Crisis of the economy, environment, state, energy, social life and food. Alternatives for humanity.

  • Neoliberal collapse and new paradigms of the world economy.
  • Impact of the world crisis on Latin America.
  • Solutions to the crisis: from the G-20 to the ALBA.
  • Decadence of the United States of America’s hegemony and new emerging economies.
  • Impact of the economic crisis on social and cultural thought.
  • Twenty-First Century Socialism as an alternative in the face of capitalism’s collapse.
  • The theories which accompany the boom of the left in Latin America.
  • Socialism of the twenty-first century: a new theoretical proposal or a return to the past?
  • Indigenous and Afro-Latin American movements of the twenty-first century.
  • Indigenous rebellions in Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela.
  • Afro-Latin American cultural resistance.
  • Identity processes in Latin America within the framework of globalization.
  • Forms of resistance to globalization in Latin American cultures.
  • New cultural processes in Latin America, growing out of the globalization boom.

4. Other related themes (to be defined as papers which fall outside of the set agenda that are received).

Guidelines for the presentation of papers.

  • Papers must address the proposed agenda. Each item on the agenda will be developed in a corresponding working group.
  • Deadline for the reception of abstracts for presentations: November 30, 2010.
  • Deadline for the reception of finalized papers: December 31, 2010.
  • Papers must conform to the following:
    • Maximum length of twenty (20) A4 pages
    • Line spaced at one and a half (1.5) points
    • Set in Arial or Times New Roman
    • Font size 12 point
    • Include an abstract of no more than two hundred (200) words, and include five (5) keywords that identify content.
  • During the conference, specialized symposia will be held regarding specific themes related to the proposed agenda. Both national and international guests are expected to be in attendance.
  • Evening activities will be organized. In addition, academic books will be available for consultation and purchases throughout the conference.
  • Please send abstracts and finalized papers to the following email address: [email protected]
  • Each speaker will have ten (10) minutes to deliver their lecture in the respective session.
  • A conference Website will soon be available. It will include further information and registration help.


  • Speakers: 200 Bolivars (US 47 and 69 Euros)
  • Students and non-speakers: 100 Bolivars (US 24 and 35 Euros)
  • To make a payment, send a cash deposit to the following cash account:
  • Send a copy of the receipt to the above address by Internet (you may also send an email and inquire for Fax Number):

Universidad del Zulia. Corp Banca Nº 0300011380. Banco Occidental de Descuento.  BOD, Nº 0121-0214-35-0300011380

Make the bank deposit in the same month that it is performed. No other payment option will be valid. For contact please use the following information: Secretariat: J. L. Monzantg (LUZ-UNICA): [email protected] or  Ángel Rafael Lombardi Boscán (LUZ): [email protected]

Roberto López | [email protected]