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Oral Histories of Work & Leisure: Galway 23rd & 24th June 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Oral Histories of Work & Leisure’
23rd & 24th June 2017, Galway City

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2017 conference on the theme of ‘Work & Leisure’. This two day conference will take place in the Connacht Hotel, Galway on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June.

Conference contributions are welcome in a range of formats:

standard conference papers (20 minutes)
shorter 10 minute presentations for our “Moments” panels, focussing on outstanding or memorable individuals, experiences and/or incidents that influenced or changed the way presenters practiced oral history
posters and visual presentations

We are particularly interested in proposals that take an imaginative approach to the ‘Work and Leisure’ conference theme while also showing clear engagement with oral history and/or personal testimony. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):

Sports, hobbies, games and pastimes
Changing work practices, technologies & work places
Crafts and trades
The corporate and political world
Trade Unionism in the workplace
Changing definitions of work and leisure
Work in the home
Communities from the pitch and from the workplace
The work experiences of migrants and immigrants
‘Generations of Emigration’ – work and leisure experiences abroad
Where has all the work gone – working through the downturn
Illuminating gender, class and power issues in the workplace and on the playing field
Respectability and/or the influence of religion in the workplace
The role of oral history in preserving institutional memories in the workplace
Uncovering conflict, trauma and emotion through oral histories of work and leisure

Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate and author of Doing Oral History, Don Ritchie to this year’s conference.

If you would like to propose a paper, please submit an abstract (of not more than 250 words) that includes your name; the name of your group, organisation or institution; and your email address to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie before Friday 21st April 2017 at 5pm. The conference committee’s decision on successful abstracts will be communicated to potential presenters in early May.

Registration for the conference and further information will shortly be posted on our website http://www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/ohni-conferences/2017-conference/. For further details or queries please contact us through info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.

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    We invite in particular contributions that address the following issues:

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    •Visuality: the interrelation between verbal and non-verbal in the interview or life story

    In addition to classic sessions consisting of individual papers, other kinds of presentations an sessions are also possible, for example Meet the Author sessions (in which several experts comment on a recent and important book, after which the author responds), round table sessions (in which several experts discuss the same topic rather than present research results) or a film, introduced by the maker or an expert and afterwards discussed with the audience.

    Please note that our Network is often oversubscribed. If this is the case for the Belfast 2018 conference, the Network chairs will select in the first instance those abstracts that meet the themes highlighted in the call for papers. We will also only consider proposals that draw substantially on oral history and/or life story methods (and are research based). We will also prioritize papers that are of high quality, and/or innovative in argument or method.

    Proposals must be uploaded with required online pre-registration at the ESSHC-site NO LATER than May 1, 2017. Please refer to the ESSHC guidelines at on proposing and presenting papers. See: https://esshc.socialhistory.org/guidelines

    While we welcome proposals for panels these must be international in membership (and from different institutions), and each of their constituent papers must be of a high quality. The over-riding criterion for selection is strength of papers; if a proposed panel is not strong enough en bloc, the organisers will (as in 2016) consider the merits of papers individually.

    Our Network does not favour discussants; so that if a panel proposal includes a discussant it should indicate why they wish to follow this format (and that if they do, the panel must comprise a maximum of four speakers plus a discussant). Sessions can have a maximum of five papers.

    Further information about the conference and other networks: https://esshc.socialhistory.org/esshc-belfast-2018

    2018 Network Chairs:

    Anne Heimo
    University of Turku, Finland

    Andrea Strutz
    LBI for History of Society and Culture / University of Graz, Austria

    Malin Thor Tureby
    University of Linköping, Sweden

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