19-21 January 2019 WORKSHOP: Oral History for Educators

This workshop is designed for educators who want to bring oral history into their classrooms and learning spaces. We’ll begin with a rigorous introduction to oral history theory, methods and practice before reviewing existing curricula as a jumping off place to design our own curricula/projects.

We’ll think about how oral history’s best practices dovetail with a range of learning objectives, seizing upon the field’s potential to support active listening, ethical documentary practice along with considerations of: primary sources, myth, memory, the archive as a future history, silence, talking across difference, problem solving, shared authority, collaborative analysis and historiography. Participants will be guided through a design process with a chance to workshop their emergent ideas with the group.

Note: The example curricula will be directly relevant for learners age 5 and up, though we welcome early childhood educators, as well. Please contact us with any questions about the appropriate fit of this workshop or other workshops.

Instructor: Suzanne Snider
Location: 1 North Front Street, Hudson, New York
Tuition: Sliding Scale ($475 to $700. See below for more details)*
We are accepting scholarship applications from local Hudson area educators (K-12) for three tuition-free spaces

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  • 2019-03-28 - 2019-03-30 All day

    International conference "Oral History in Action", Poland, Cracow, March 28-30, 2019
    by Marta Kurkowska-Budzan

    Call for Papers

    Polish Oral History Association (PTHM), established in 2009 in Krakow, brings together people and the circles that use oral history in their work in various areas of academic, cultural or social life. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the POHA, together with the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Wrocław “Remembrance and Future” Centre, we would like to invite you to take part in the international conference Oral History in Action, that will take place in Krakow on 28-30 March 2019.

    The history of oral history started from practise of first recorded interviews. Therefore, oral history, like no other branch of the humanities, is intrinsically linked to social, civic or interpersonal engagement of an oral historian and oral history itself. Because of that we would like to pose a question whether oral history do (or should do) change social reality: for good or for bad, intentionally or accidentally? Reflection about that engagement, its characteristics, problems and consequences, especially in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, is located in the centre of the conference’s topic. Profiting from the transdisciplinary character of oral history, we hope that our meeting in Krakow will create a space for confrontation and discussion about different approaches to oral history presented by the academia, museums and other cultural institutions, or by NGOs. We are convinced that this multitude character of oral history in historiography, sociology, anthropology, psychology etc., as well as in our contemporary (digital) culture and public life, is both the biggest chance and main challenge for oral historians and their discipline.

    We are seeking for papers reflecting oral history as an activity and considering its consequences, touching at least one of the following topics:

    · oral history in contemporary social sciences and humanities: innovative projects and approaches, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character as an epistemological challenge;

    · practical and conceptual challenges of doing oral history in minority groups (e.g. discriminated, advanced aged etc.)

    · oral history as a public history: local, national and international level;

    · oral history and politics, or political dimension of practising and promoting oral history;

    · oral history as a tool of intentional social change vs. researcher’s neutrality: epistemological and ethical dilemmas;

    · oral history as a formof social and communal activity;

    · oral history as a form of therapy;

    · place of oral history in theory and practise of contemporary museums and NGOs;

    · interviewees in the education projects: aims, forms and limits of engagement;

    · new media and oral history: usage and abusage of memories in the Internet;

    · legal problems of doing oral history

    To apply with a paper please send an abstract in English (approx. 300 words) along with your presentation title and your short bio to: oralhistoryinaction@pthm.pl

    Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018

    The list of the chosen participants will be announced on 20 December 2018.

    There is no fee for taking part in the conference. Chosen texts will be published in peer-reviewed journal “Wrocław Yearbook of Oral History”(https://wrhm.pl/wrhm/about).

    Organisers:
    Polish Oral History Association
    Institute of History, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
    The “Remembrance and Future” Centre in Wrocław
    Partners:
    Fundacja “Dobra Wola”

    The honorary committee:
    Zbigniew Gluza (The Karta Center in Warsaw)
    Professor Kaja Kaźmierska (Institute of Sociology, University of Łódź)
    Dr hab. Grażyna Kubica-Heller (Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
    Dr Wojciech Kucharski (The “Remembrance and Future” Centre in Wroclaw)
    Tomasz Pietrasiewicz (The “Grodzka Gate ‐ NN Theatre” Centre in Lublin)

    Organising committee members:
    Katarzyna Bock-Matuszyk, Alina Doboszewska, Jakub Gałęziowski, Marcin Jarząbek, Dobrochna Kałwa, Wiktoria Kudela-Świątek, Agata Stolarz, Karolina Żłobecka

  • 2019-03-29 - 2019-03-31 All day

    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

    “New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange”

    ** EXTENDED DEADLINE – JANUARY 27, 2019

    ** PLEASE NOTE: We are well-funded and are happy to contribute to transporation and accommodation costs.

    We invite abstract submissions for a colloquium to be held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Date and Time: March 29-31, 2019 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

    Venue: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801

    Keynote Speakers:

    Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota (Music)

    Instrumental Journeys in Premodern Eurasia

    Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma (English)

    Aspects of the Culture of Modernism: The Discipline of Economics and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth Century

    The colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary faculty-graduate student research cluster sponsored by IPRH: the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Participants in “Transmission, Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange” have been exploring the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty who can bring their current research projects and share and receive feedback from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields.

    We are interested in 20-minute presentations that address key questions: How can we define “cultural contact and exchange?” What forces are at work in the transmission and reception of “cultural artifacts”? How have geopolitics and economics influenced the movement of stories, music, sports, and myriad other forms of cultural production over time? How do the conflicting influences of nationalism, global networks, and changing technologies act to impede and/or facilitate cultural exchange? What kinds of institutions (formal and informal) have had the most impact in fostering cultural exchange? What kinds of evidence can we use to prove that cultural transmission has occurred?

    We especially encourage abstracts from scholars working on cultural contact and exchange in premodern eras, as well as non-humanities fields.

    SUGGESTED TOPICS INCLUDE:

    Cultural contact and exchange via text, orality, music, dance, art, sport, digital media, and beyond
    Geopolitics and the economics of cultural exchange
    Historical perspectives on dynamics of cultural exchange
    Legal perspectives (copyright, ownership of cultural artifacts, etc.)
    Media of transmission
    Memory and myth-making
    Regional and global networks of cultural transmission
    Technological modes (textual, material, digital, oral, etc.) of cultural exchange
    Translation, migration, and/or nationalism in cultural contact and exchange

    The colloquium will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and the organizers will assist in finding affordable lodging for out-of-town presenters. Please submit a 300-word abstract by January 27, 2018, to culture.iprh@gmail.com.

    Questions? Contact Eva Kuras or JiHyea Hwang at culture.iprh@gmail.com.

    Organizing Committee:

    Professor Robert Markley (English)

    Professor Carol Symes (History)

    Professor Robert Tierney (Comparative and World Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures)

    JiHyea Hwang (PhD Candidate, Comparative and World Literature)

    Eva Kuras (PhD Student, Comparative and World Literature)

  • 2019-03-30 10:00 - 2019-03-30 14:00

    NOHANZ Seminar and Workshop
    Experiences and Opportunities in Oral History
    Saturday 30 March, 10am-2pm (with lunch)
    Waitemata Room, Auckland Central Library

    Join us for our first NOHANZ Auckland regional event of 2019!
    You will hear from Deborah Shepard, a biographer, oral historian and teacher of memoir, whose new book
    The Writing Life (2018) features oral history interviews with twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and
    admired authors.
    After the seminar, we will host a workshop on developing your oral history project and applying for
    oral history grants including the New Zealand Oral History Awards.
    The workshop will cover:
    • Key tips on how to write a successful application
    • Selling your project
    • Budget advice and feasibility
    It will be a great opportunity to workshop your ideas with fellow oral historians in a supportive environment.
    We ask for a $5 koha towards catering.
    Please RSVP to infonohanz@oralhistory.org.nz
    The Writing Life: Twelve New Zealand Authors by Deborah Shepard
    An account of the genesis of the book The Writing Life beginning with an oral history project for the NZ Society
    of Authors, that was funded by an Award in Oral History in 2015, to record the stories of senior members of
    the New Zealand literary community: Joy Cowley, Marilyn Duckworth, Tessa Duder, Chris Else, Patricia
    Grace, David Hill, Witi Ihimaera, Fiona Kidman, Owen Marshall, Vincent O’Sullivan, Philip Temple and Albert
    Wendt. Deborah will outline the process from oral history into book covering the research and preparation,
    her questions and establishing trust, her use of the participatory model of oral history to craft
    the verbatim transcripts into book chapters and she will reveal some of the surprises and discoveries she
    made along the way about the challenges of the writing vocation from twelve of our most experienced and
    brilliant practitioners. Deborah's presentation will be illustrated with sound excerpts from each of the twelve
    authors.
    Deborah Shepard is an Auckland biographer, oral historian and teacher of memoir, journalling and biography
    through Public Programmes at the University of Auckland. Her recent book The Writing Life: Twelve New
    Zealand Authors was based on oral history interviews with twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and
    loved elder authors. Other major books drawing on Deborah’s oral history interviews include: Reframing
    Women: A history of New Zealand film (2000) Between the Lives: Partners in Art (2005) and Her Life’s Work:
    Conversations with five New Zealand Women (2009

  • 2019-04-26 - 2019-04-27 All day

    Texas Oral History Association

    Call for Papers

    Eighth Annual Conference, April 26-27, 2019
    St. Edward’s University | Austin, Texas

    The Texas Oral History Association (TOHA), founded in 1983, promotes the use and good practices of oral history research through a variety of programs and publications, including the journal Sound Historian. Comprised of individuals representing diverse interests and disciplines, the professional organization will host its seventh annual conference on April 26-27th, 2019, on the campus of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

    St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts institution that has been in existence since 1885. This meeting is generously sponsored by their Journalism & Digital Media program and the Department of History.

    Scholars, educators, students, history enthusiasts, folklorists, family historians, and others are encouraged to submit proposals for papers or sessions to be considered for the program. Topics should include clear evidence of oral history research or provide new insights on the methodology.

    Both complete session and individual paper proposals are welcome. Individual presentations must not exceed twenty minutes, and the session format will include opening remarks by a chair, followed by three papers, or by two papers and concluding remarks from a commentator. Proposals should include the names, affiliations, and contact information of participants, the titles of sessions and papers, and a brief description of the topics to be covered. Please submit your proposals via email by January 31st, 2019.

    Direct all submittals and inquiries to our offices at toha@baylor.edu . Thank you and we look forward to your submissions!

  • 2019-05-06 - 2019-05-10 All day

    IN THE MIND’S EYE: RECORDING ORAL HISTORY | MAY 6-10
    TUTOR: JUDITH FYFE | FEE: $450
    This workshop is essential for anyone considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. It will provide information on the essentials of oral history research, including methodology, project planning, best equipment, interview techniques, legal and ethical issues and processing oral history in order to make the material available for use. There’ll be plenty of hands-on practice!

    Great events make history but ultimately, it’s the individual’s perception of events which really matters. The collection of oral testimony based on individual memory enriches the store of historical evidence to reconstruct the past, whether that past is a collective public one or a private, familial one.

    All materials, including recorders, will be provided, but if you already have one you intend to use for your project, please bring it.

    JUDITH’S BIO
    Judith is a lawyer and oral historian. Currently she practises as a barrister specialising in investigation. She lectures in oral history in New Zealand and the United States and is contracted by the Alexander Turnbull Library to carry out contemporary oral history projects. Prior to founding the New Zealand Oral History Archive, she worked in broadcasting, television and film.

    Her publications include The Gamble – Campaign Diary of the Challengers (co-writer Hugo Manson); The Matriarchs and War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us; Oral History: An Introduction to Social Research in New Zealand (Editors: Carl Davidson & Martin Tolich).

    Judith’s assistant Lynette Shum is the Oral History Advisor at the Alexander Turnbull Library, focusing on training, advice, and support. Her master’s thesis used oral history to look at the history of the Chinese community in Wellington.

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