2-7 February 2019 WORKSHOP: Oral History and Project Design

Saturday, February 2, 2019 9:30 AM
Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:00 PM

Project Design is a dynamic phase of oral history practice, giving oral historians a chance to discipline their thinking, address ethical challenges, identify sites for potential collaboration, assess their resources, define “success,” and brainstorm potential future uses beyond the archive.

Project Design, which we can think of as our projects’ “superego,” stands in contrast to the wild and woolly nature of narrative, itself–presenting with coherence, rules and potential problems. Working on our Project Designs at the front end can be enlivening, inspiring and revelatory when developed in chorus with peers and collaborators, as “problems” become our guides, and part of our projects’ ultimate resolution.

This workshop will encompass a discussion of outreach methods, budget, training/support, equipment, ethical problems, preservation plan, project focus, motives, sites for collaboration. and nontraditional interview design such as the “oral history chain letter” and the storycircle.

Participants will have the option of signing up for a 30-minute project consultation.

We’ll be joined by guest instructors Alex Kelly (New York Public Library) and Liza Zapol (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).

This workshop, which begins with a review oral history theory, methods and practice, is designed for the newcomer and more experienced oral historian, well-suited for those mid-project or those dreaming of a project, ahead. No prior oral history training is assumed.

Instructors: Suzanne Snider with Alex Kelly and Liza Zapol
Location: Solaris, Hudson, New York
Tuition: $725

Tuition includes an OHSS e-reader, a project consult, workbook, tote bag and two group meals.

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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)

  • 2019-04-26 - 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

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    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.

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    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.

  • 2019-06-01 - 2019-06-02 All day

    Extended deadline to 11 February 2019, KOHA 2019 -- Call for Papers by Christian J. Park

    KOHA Tenth Anniversary Conference -- June 1, 2019
    Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea

    Keynote speaker: Prof. Alessandro Portelli (University of Rome La Sapienza)

    The Korean Oral History Association (KOHA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019. KOHA was founded in 2009 to promote more systemic oral history research based on 20 years of oral history practices and research in South Korea. This means moving forward from collecting oral histories to establishing oral history research as a formidable historiography and new ways of writing and doing history. Since its foundation, KOHA has worked to promote and educate good practices of oral history collection including systemic archives. As an interdisciplinary association of humanities and social sciences including anthropology, history, sociology, folk studies, Korean literature, and political science, KOHA also seeks to build a network of diverse oral history scholars, archives, institutions, and organizations.

    To celebrate the ten-year anniversary, the 2019 conference with the theme “Beyond ‘Oral History’ and Back to Oral Histories” will not only look back at the last decade of Korean oral history but also look forward to its future. In addition, it will have a limited number of international sessions (a total of 3 sessions or min. 7 presenters). International scholars, researchers, educators, 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 into the methodology with a regional focus preferably on South Korea or Asia but are not limited to a particular region.

    Both complete session and individual paper proposals are welcome. Individual presentations must not exceed twenty minutes. The morning-session (2 hours) format includes a minimum of three presentations and remarks by 2-3 discussants, while the two afternoon sessions (1.5 hours) have a format of a minimum of two presenters and 1-2 discussants. If there is no discussant assigned, the organizing committee may assign a discussant.

    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 (250 words).

    Please submit your proposals via email by February 11, 2019

    The conference will be held on June 1 (Saturday) in Seoul, South Korea, followed on June 2 by a tour of the DMZ area and Seoul historic sites. Venue details of the conference are to be determined.

    Direct all submittals and inquiries to the organising committee at koha2019.conference@gmail.com.
    If you have any questions, please contact Christian Park at cpark613@outlook.com.

    Thank you and we look forward to your submission!

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