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CALL FOR PAPERS: OHS Annual Conference 2020 — Oral History and the Media, 3-4 July 2020, Bournemouth Universityby Fiona Cosson

OHS Annual Conference 2020Oral History and the Media

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July 2020Bournemouth University Oral history and the media have an important but complex relationship. The media has long been a significant producer of, and outlet for, oral history. Classic radio and television productions like The Radio Ballads (1958-1964), Yesterday’s Witness (1969-1981), and The World at War (1973-1974) pioneered the use of oral history in the media, giving voice to those who would otherwise have been excluded from both the media and the historical record. Since the 1980s, there has been growing use of oral history in TV and radio documentaries and storytelling, with oral histories now forming an important and popular dimension of history and factual programming and broadcasting. However, the methodological, aesthetic, narrative, and ethical decisions behind these productions — such as who to interview, what questions to ask, and what parts of the interviews end up on the “cutting room floor” — often remain hidden. The relationship between oral history and the media can also be seen in how oral history has been used to explore the histories and experiences of the media itself, with oral history projects charting the development of media companies and organisation. This has coincided with an upsurge of interest in memory and nostalgia related to the experiences of media, such as memories of cinema, books, and music. Elsewhere, the advent of new media and social media has fuelled the growth of digital storytelling, interactive documentaries, as well as serialised audio podcasts which draw heavily on oral history testimony. Whilst these new technologies, formats, and channels offer new ways of creating, disseminating, and consuming oral history, they also raise vital questions about ethics, participation, expertise, audiences, and formats in oral history practice. This conference aims to consider the relationship between oral history and the media, both historically and today, by exploring similarities, differences, opportunities, and challenges between media practices and oral history practices, from interviewing to editing, audiences to ethics, covering topics such as:  ·       The Use and Misuse of Oral History in the Media ·       Memories of (the) Media: Film, Books, TV, Radio, Theatre, Music·       The Influence of the Media on Memory: Mediated Memory and Prosthetic Memory·       Oral History, Media, and Editing: Soundbites, Vox-Pops, and the “Cutting-Room Floor”·       Oral History, Media, and Interviewing: Intersubjectivity, Questions, and Emotion·       Journalism, Crisis Oral History, and Historical Distance·       Oral Histories of the Media (professions, organisations, and companies)·       New Media, Social Media, and Oral History ·       Changing Media and Formats and its implications for Oral History·       Archiving, Preservation, and Re-use of Oral Histories in the Media PROPOSALSThe deadline for submission of proposals is 20th December 2019. Each proposal should include: a title, an abstract of between 250 and 300 words, your name (and the names of any copresenters, panellists, etc.), your institution or organisation, your email address, and a note of any particular requirements. Most importantly, your abstract should demonstrate the use of oral history or personal testimony and be directly related to the conference theme. Proposals that include audio playback are strongly encouraged. Proposals should be emailed to the ORAL HISTORY AND THE MEDIA conference manager, Polly Owen, at polly.owen@ohs.org.uk. They will be assessed anonymously by the conference organisers, and presenters will be contacted in January/February 2020. www.ohs.org.uk/conferences/conference-2020/

 

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