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Buenos Aires 2012. A meeting point.
Between 4 and 7 September 2012 the XVII Internacional Conference of Oral History will take place in Buenos Aires, organized by the Asociación de Historia Oral de la República Argentina (AHORA)1, with the support and sponsorship of Universidad de Buenos Aires, Dirección General de Patrimonio and Instituto Histórico de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), Ministerio de Educación de la Nación and Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini.2
The event represents an important challenge among AHORA´s projects, and coincides with the eighth anniversary of the institution. In October of this year AHORA will also organize its 10th National Conference and 4th International Oral History Conference at the National University of San Luis.3
The academic challenge entiled by the organization of the XVII Interacional Conference of Oral History of the IOHA represents a good opportunity to evaluate and analize the prospects of AHORA´s project.
In November 2004, people who did oral history in Argentina decided to meet and create a national association. In this process, both Latin American and European experiences were examined as only Brazil and Mexico had managed to organize their associations.
We were surprised to see that countries such as Spain, France and Germany, which had made large contributions to oral history, lacked national and regional associations.
More than six years later, we have achieved many things. The most important institutions in our country, such as the universities of Buenos Aires, San Luis, Rosario, Tucumán, among others; the Dirección General de Patrimonio e Instituto Histórico de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini, Instituto y Archivo Histórico de Morón, Archivo Histórico del Cooperativismo de Crédito, Instituto de Género, el Instituto Superior del Profesorado Joaquín V. González, Biblioteca Popular Bellavista de Córdoba, Museo Roca, Archivo Histórico “Ricardo Levene” de la ciudad de La Plata and other institutions, are part of this collective effort. Some regions such as San Luis, Patagonia and the Northwest of Argentina, have set up its regional associations as members of AHORA and have organized regional oral history conferences and workshops. The Board of Directors is made up by members from all over the country.
AHORA has its webpage: www.ahoargentina.com.ar, and its on line review, catalogued in Latindex: www.testimonios.com.ar, its bulletin and a Facebook page.
Most of the institutions, investigation centres, archives, social movements, cultural centres and groups which work with oral sources have excellent relationship with AHORA, and this is what will help us fulfill the dream of welcoming you from de 4th to the 7th September 2012 in Buenos Aires to share knowledge and experiences, and to present achievements such as Red Latinoamericana de Historia Oral (RELAHO)4 which we contributed to found. In short, to experiment the fruits of an collective effort and to make this not only a tourist destination, but a chance to meet, reflect and discuss about the specificities of the oral history and its future.
Member of the local commettee for the XVII Internacional Conference Buenos Aires 2012
X National Meeting and IV International Conference on Oral History
“Those Voices Which Reach Us From the Past”
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the X National Meeting and IV International Conference on Oral History “Those Voices Which Reach Us From the Past”, which will take place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of October 2011 at the National University of San Luis, in the province and city of San Luis, Argentina. The invitation can also be found on the blog of the event:
Organized by: Argentine Oral History Association – National University of San Luis
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IX International Conference on Oral History
Reflections and Practices of Oral History: Memory and Experience
10 to 12 November 2011
University of Guanajuato
Campus Guanajuato, Mexico
The Mexican Association of Oral History
In Mexico, researchers of contemporary history who rely on the use of oral history have been building a unique and diverse craft, by generating innovative theoretical and methodological approaches and by demanding a systematic exchange that enriches and expands contemporary discussions.
The conference will feature historical or historiographical works which permit the use of oral sources, whether thematic, theoretical or methodological in nature, works which address the meeting/dialogue through other sources, and projects which are specialized and multidisciplinary. It will also include oral history learning in history programs as well as the promotion of their use in other social science and humanities disciplines. The last theme is on the promotion of the strengthening of academic networks, the management of specialized archives and the preservation of intangible heritage.
PRESENTATION OF PAPERS
Participants must submit an abstract of their work (a maximum of one page) by not later than Sunday, 10 April. The proposals will be evaluated by the Academic Committee, which will notify the participants in writing on Tuesday 3 May. The proposal must include the participant's name, origin, email address, phone number, title or specific theme and a brief resume of not more than half a page. The final version of the accepted papers must not be more than 20 pages and must be received by Friday, 9 September 2011 in time for editing in electronic format. The papers must be sent with the Arial theme font, size 12 and a line spacing of 1.5.
Proposals should be sent to the following addresses:
Laboratory of Oral History: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Yolanda Villegas Atilano: email@example.com
Ileana Ascencio Covarrubias: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Graduate students - 50% discount
* Accredited undergraduate students may participate for free, receiving no conference stationery or published reports.
* Participants who are members of AMHO will pay $700.00, provided they have paid their fee of $ 500.00 for the year 2010.
The registration fee should be paid at the time of registration. It will include conference stationery, the published reports in CD format, corresponding certification, as well as the right to refreshments from the cafeteria.
For more information contact the Organizing Committee:
Mexican Oral History Association
Mario Camarena Ocampo
President of the AMHO
Laboratory of Oral History
Department of Culture and Society Studies
Division of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Guanajuato
Lascuráin de Retana # 5, 7 floor (4th floor by elevator)
Č.p. 36000 Guanajuato, Gto.,
Phone: 473-73-20006 Extensions: 4116 and 8707
Oral History Network of Ireland
National organization forms to support the practice and preservation of oral history
The inaugural conference of the Oral History Network of Ireland
Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle on September 16 and 17 2011.
A major step forward for oral history in Ireland was heralded recently with the formation of a national organization, established to network and strengthen the work of oral history practitioners and groups across Ireland. The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI), supported by some of the leading oral historians and organisations in the country, developed from a summer school and symposium held at the University of Limerick in 2009/10.
The group, who have announced plans for a major international conference on oral history, to be held in Kilkenny in September of this year, has already attracted the support and participation of leading Irish oral historians, community groups and academic institutions. These include Dr. Anna Bryson, Principal Investigator on The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning Project, and author of key Irish oral history publications over the last decade and Dr. Mary Muldowney, author of Trinity and its Neighbours An Oral History (2009) and The Second World War and Irish Women An Oral History (2007). Prominent oral history community groups including Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group as well as the Northside Folklore Project in Cork are also represented together with Dr. Catherine O’Connor, course director of a new Certificate in Oral Heritage Studies at the University of Limerick and Regina Fitzpatrick of the GAA Oral History Project.
Outside of Ireland, the international community of oral historians have also welcomed this new initiative since it was first announced at the IOHA Conference in Prague, 2010. This support has been re-enforced with confirmation that Alistair Thomson, Professor of History at Monash University, Australia will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural conference of the Oral History Network of Ireland taking place in September next. This has been a major boost to the work of the Network. The Network would welcome the opportunity to create further links with other international practitioners and national oral history organiations in order to share experiences and promote international cooperation.
According to Regina Fitzpatrick, a founding member of the group, the formation of the Oral History Network of Ireland is long overdue. “Oral history in Ireland has been practiced by many committed individuals and groups for decades. However, there has yet to be a serious attempt made to connect and combine the efforts of these people. The Oral History Network of Ireland will offer the opportunity for the first time in Ireland, to see a unified network of practitioners that will offer the opportunity for sharing resources and importantly identifying issues facing the preservation and promotion of Ireland’s oral heritage”.
According to Ms Fitzpatrick, there has been a major growth over the last number of years in the area of oral history and tradition with community groups and individuals across Ireland making significant efforts to record the oral heritage of their area. She explained that given this growth “the evidence suggests that there is a need for support at all organisational levels for individuals and groups practicing oral history in Ireland. The conference in September aims to seriously and comprehensively discuss these issues and begin to address them in an inclusive and hopefully decisive way by providing a forum where people can seek and share advice on best practice”".
Both the development of the Network and the conference has been welcomed by Professor Eunan O Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College, According to O’Halpin, “The Oral History Network of Ireland is a very significant initiative which will facilitate the voluntary interchange of ideas, experience and expertise between people using living memory as a key historical source”.
The group aim to establish contact with a view to supporting and encouraging anyone interested in the preservation of Ireland’s oral heritage and invite interested parties to email email@example.com.
Regina Fitzpatrick (+353.(0)86.2080358) is available for interview and further comment
Catherine O’ Connor (+353.(0)87 8111437) is available for interview and further comment.
Ninth European Social Science History Conference
11 – 14 April 2012, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Oral History and Life Stories Network
Call for Papers:
Ambivalent Pasts: Nostalgia and Life Stories Research
The Oral History and Life Stories Network has become the major regular international forum for European oral history and life story researchers. The European Social Science History Conference has been held biannually since 1996. The Oral History and Life Stories network has met at each conference since 1998, and interest in it has been steadily rising. In 2004, some seventy participants gathered at the network sessions. In 2006 in Amsterdam, in 2008 in Lisbon, and in 2010 in Ghent the network hosted seventeen sessions, making Oral History and Life Stories one of the largest and most popular networks of the European Social Science Conference.
We invite proposals for the Glasgow EESHC-conference on 11–14 April 2012 both for individual papers and for entire sessions. Sessions can have various formats: panels, round table discussions, presentations in other media followed by discussion.
The term nostalgia, derived from the Greek words nostos (return home) and algos (pain, grief) refers to a wistful yearning for something past, a former place or time. We wish to encourage reflection on the role of nostalgia in oral history and Life Stories research and analysis. We would like to explore the relationship between memory, history and nostalgia and look at the approaches addressing the issues of nostalgia within the oral history framework and wider historiographical discourses.
We invite contributions discussing conceptual and methodological issues related to memory, oral history, and nostalgia, based on oral sources and/or personal accounts.
We would welcome proposals addressing the following issues:
Nostalgia: Making sense of the past or obstruction of history?
Nostalgia and Trauma;
Nostalgia, repressed memories, life history research;
Whose nostalgia?: Encounters between interviewers and interviewees;
Theory and methodology related to the construction of life history interviews and the notion of nostalgia;
Why oral history matters;
Teaching oral history;
Communities and oral history;
Digitalization/archiving oral history; the rights of interviewees;
Contrasting video and audio oral history;
Truth in oral history: whose perspective determines the truth;
Rethinking personal history through narratives, the deliberate construction of the account; the construction of nostalgia
The influence of cultural constructions of identity on the life story narrative;
Comparing interviews over time; age and nostalgia;
Disseminating and accessing oral history: oral history in archives, schools, museums, films, community centres, and on the internet;
The media’s use of oral sources;
Using and re-using archived oral history data.
Please send your proposals to both Bea Lewkowicz (BeaLewkowicz@gmail.com) and Albert Lichtblau (Albert.Lichtblau@sbg.ac.at).
Upon submission, you must also pre-register on the conference website http://www.iisg.nl/esshc where more general conference information is available.
The deadline for sending your abstract is 1 May 2011.
The Network Committee advising on the 2010 ESSHC includes:
Nanci Adler N.Adler@niod.knaw.nl
Timothy Ashplant T.G.Ashplant@livjm.ac.uk
Joanna Bornat firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerhard Botz email@example.com
Ela Hornung firstname.lastname@example.org,
Bea Lewkowicz BeaLewkowicz@gmail.com Network Co-Chair
Selma Leydesdorff email@example.com
Albert Lichtblau Albert.Lichtblau@sbg.ac.at Network Co-Chair
Hugo Manson firstname.lastname@example.org,
Graham Smith Graham.Smith@rhul.ac.uk
Penny Summerfield email@example.com
OHA CALL FOR PAPERS 2011
"Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation."
The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and presentations for its 2011 annual meeting to be held October 12-16, 2011, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colorado.
The 2011 OHA Annual Meeting is being held a month after the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2001. The past century has spawned more than this one grave event; 9/11 was one of a myriad of natural and manmade conflicts and disasters that have occurred throughout the world in the recent and more distant past. So naturally, the theme of this meeting reflects these timely topics. And as the subtitle suggests, we have lent a particular ear to the interpretation and preservation of these events in light of the search for truth, the documentation of trauma, and the quest for reconciliation.
Cataclysmic conflicts and disasters destroy people and property. They also, however, offer the prospect of change and rebirth. Leaders seemingly try but rarely succeed to learn lessons from these types of events; ordinary people tell, gather, and preserve individual stories of loss, survival, resilience, and renewal. The documentation of such recent events in human history in a way that adheres to the OHA’s best practices and standards can be tricky to navigate. Conflict and disaster need not be explosive or ground-shaking to shape the cultural landscape, and as such, we welcome a wide interpretation of the call for papers.
As with all previous OHA meetings, the Program Committee welcomes broad and diverse interpretations of the conference theme as reflected in proposals for panels, individual papers, performances, exhibits, and roundtables. We especially encourage presenters to think about nontraditional delivery models, such as interactive sessions, dialogic formats that engage audience, and use of digital media.
In recognition of the important work occurring outside the United States, we also hope to have 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 relevant to this meeting’s focus on conflict or disaster.
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 found on the OHA website.
If accepted, international presenters may apply for partial funding, made available by the OHA in support of international presentations. Please note that OHA’s resources only allow for limited support.
The deadline for submission of all proposals is Friday, 21 January 2011. All proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if available, through an online submission page to be determined later. The cover sheet, which can be downloaded from our website, and all proposal documents must be combined into one attachment in Microsoft Word format. Please do not send the documents as separate attachments. If you do not receive email confirmation by Monday, 7 February 2011, please contact the OHA office to make sure your submission has been received.
Proposal queries may be directed to:Jennifer Abraham, Louisiana State University, 2011 Program Co-Chair: email@example.com
Troy Reeves, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2011 Program Co-Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Horacio Roque Ramirez, University of California—Santa Barbara, 2011-12 OHA President: email@example.com
For submission queries or more information, contact: Madelyn Campbell, Executive Secretary, Oral History Association, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013
Telephone: (717) 245-1036 Fax: (717) 245-1046
Face to Face
Oral History Meetings
Oral History in the 21st Century: Voices of Identity in a Globalised World
Conference of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand, 2-3 April, Rotorua, NZ
The theme of the conference was designed to reflect the changes that individuals and communities are facing in an increasingly globalized world, and had two main streams – indigenous voices and identity and change.
Some of the speakers discussed how Maori, Aboriginal and Pacific Island peoples have used oral history to rediscover and assert their cultures and identities, while others reflected on changes in identity using the lenses of social movements, local history and individuals’ life experiences.
Lorina Barker from the University of New England in Australia was the first keynote speaker. She has been combining family and community history by using oral history interviews to seek to understand the history of her home place, Weilmoringle in northern New South Wales. Lorina wants to present her findings in ways which are culturally appropriate and relevant to the members of her family and her community. She demonstrated how she uses a journal to record her thoughts and ideas as she is recording the interviews, and showed how she often presents the material from the interviews as free verse. She also showed a brief film about her father and uncles which she has made as part of her research.
In the second keynote address, Teresia Teaiwa, who teaches at Victoria University of Wellington, spoke on research where she has been collecting oral history interviews from three generations of Fijian women who have served either in the British Army or the Fiji Military Forces. She reminded us how important it is to convey the role of the interviewer when such research is being written up because, as she put it, her narrators’ analysis and her own analysis were in conversation during the interviews. Teresia explained how she found it difficult to do this until she realised that she wanted to write not ‘about’ or ‘for’, but ‘to’ the women she interviewed. She then read from her work and showed how she had contextualised the women’s lives in the events of the times about which they spoke, and analysed what they were saying – and what they were not saying – by using the ‘you’ form in presenting the material. It is a very vivid and immediate way of presenting oral history material, and one which reflects the intimacy of the original interview.
Both speakers inspired the conference goers with ideas about how they might present their own research in future.
All the presentations, which combined reports of projects and analysis of material, were thought-provoking and interesting. We are looking forward to publishing some of them in Oral History in New Zealand, the association’s annual journal.
I Seminar on Oral History in Health - Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
The Study Group on Oral History and Health (GEHOS) from the Centre for History and Philosophy of Health Sciences (CeHFi), Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil, has held its first Seminar on Oral History in Health on 25 November 2010. This meeting was aimed at researchers, teachers and students interested in qualitative research methods for health studies. Amongst those present were specialist researchers from various parts of the country who are involved in the use of oral history, as well as the GEHOS members of CeHFi-UNIFESP. The concept of oral history, already widely recognised in the area of humanities, is now starting to be applied with great success in the field of health, as publications in Latin America and Europe have demonstrated. This consists of qualitative research based on people’s narratives. In the field of health studies, this research can also be seen in a more humane approach to the relationship between professionals and their patients.
More information about the Study Group on Oral History and Health can be found at the website: www.unifesp.br/centros/cehfi
Dante Marcello Claramonte Gallian
Center for History and Philosophy of Health Sciences (CeHFi)
Federal University of São Paulo/Paulista School of Medicine (EPM-UNIFESP)
Rua Botucatu 720, Edificio Leitao da Cunha, 1st Floor
The Historical Museum of EPM (Escola Paulista de Medicina)
Phones: 55-11-55764258 and 55-11-55497584