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  • 18-21 June 2018 IOHA 2018 Memory & Narration
    All day

    The XX International Oral History Association Conference
    University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    June 18–21, 2018

    Welcome to IOHA Finland!
    The Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN), University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Literature Society (SKS) cordially propose to host the XX International Oral History Association Conference at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 18–21, 2018.

    The theme of the XX IOHA Conference is Memory and Narration. The conference focuses on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history, and we welcome presentations from diverse perspectives. We invite papers that focus on methodological issues concerning the production and analysis of oral histories and life stories. We especially encourage contributions related to oral history sources as narratives/narration and applications of methodological theories and practices.

    Therefore, the panels and presentations will address the following themes:

    – Archived oral history
    – Personal and shared narratives
    – Transgenerational memory
    – Class, gender, age and memory
    – Traditions, folklore and history
    – Oral history research in different disciplines
    – New waves of oral history
    – Oral history, theory and ethics
    – Oral history and narration
    – Life narratives and oral history

    The XX IOHA Conference coincides with the anniversary of two important events in Finnish history, the centennial of the 1918 Finnish Civil War as well as the end of World War I. The congress organizers would therefore like to welcome also contributions that address memories of wars and other conflicts, narratives of survival, intergenerational war memories and communities of commemoration.

    Since 2002 FOHN has organized international symposiums biannually and has had the pleasure of having many well-known oral historians as keynote speakers. Supported by Jyväskylä Convention Bureau (JCB), the Finnish team made a winning proposal to FOHN to host the IOHA2018 Conference in Jyväskylä Finland. The committed Local Organizing Committee members represent several Finnish Universities and are ready to set up a successful meeting.

    Jyväskylä is a dynamic, youthful and lively city in the heart of the beautiful Finnish lake district. Jyväskylä is experienced in arranging international, high quality events. The city´s strengths lie on being compact but versatile; the key hotels and venues are all located within walking distance of each other in the city centre. Jyväskylä is also the City of world renowned architect Alvar Aalto.

    University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The university’s seven faculties are today hosting some 15 000 students from all over Finland and from nearly 100 countries around the world.

  • “Memory and Narration”, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 18-20, 2018
    All day
    Seminaarinkatu 15, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland

    The International Oral History Association is pleased to announce the call for papers for the next congress in 2018. The XX IOHA Congress will be held from June 18 to 20, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The congress is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Literature Society, and the Finnish Oral History Network.

    The theme of the XX IOHA Congress is Memory and Narration. The congress focuses on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history, and we welcome presentations from diverse perspectives. We invite papers that focus on methodological issues concerning the production and analysis of oral histories and life stories. We especially encourage contributions related to oral history sources as narratives/narration and applications of methodological theories and practices.

  • Auckland Workshop – Day Two
    08:45 -16:30

    Day Two: Recording Seriously

    Saturday 23 June 2018

    Venue: National Library of New Zealand, Stanley Street, Auckland.

    Recording Seriously builds on Day One, reviewing work completed and covering in more detail interview techniques, project planning and technical, ethical, and legal issues.

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  • 2018 Annual Conference of the OHS and OHNI, Queen’s University Belfast
    All day

    Call for Papers: Dangerous Oral Histories: risks, responsibilities and rewards.

    Venue: Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

    Date: Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018

    This joint conference of the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland addresses the ethical and legal implications of oral history research. It presents a timely opportunity to explore the many issues raised by challenging projects, such as: What is an acceptable level of risk for interviewees/interviewers in the oral history process? What are the new responsibilities of the oral historian in a digital age? What are the rewards for initiating ‘dangerous’ oral history projects on ‘difficult’ topics, and when do the risks outweigh them? From this starting point, the conference organisers wish to solicit papers on all aspects of risk, responsibilities and rewards – and offer the following suggestions, whilst also welcoming other imaginative proposals addressing our theme of dangerous oral histories.

    Conference sub-themes include:

    Methodology: personal safety, dangerous practices, the ethics of interviewing
    Risks and challenges for researchers: copyright, ownership and consent
    Interviewing on the edge: criminals, illegals, war survivors
    Working with victims: adapting process, practice and outputs
    Oral histories of conflict and struggle: community activists, security personnel, ex-combatants
    Oral history in totalitarian and post-totalitarian societies
    Oral histories of disasters and catastrophes
    Oral history’s relationship with official secrecy and security
    Interviewee risk in sharing/telling stories: re-traumatisation, ruptures within families/workplaces/communities
    Justice contexts: prison-based oral history
    Oral history, trauma and abuse: the unspoken
    Illness, death and end-of-life narratives
    Environmental risk and danger: disasters
    Work-based hazards and accidents
    Discord and danger in community history
    Sexuality narratives: discrimination, illness, illegality
    Reuse of archived oral histories on challenging and controversial topics
    Practical strategies for interviewers working in dangerous areas
    Ways of mitigating risk: risk assessment, training, the role of ethics committees
    Responsible collection and archiving practices: including the implications of the Boston College Project
    Teaching dangerous oral histories
    Museums as ‘safe’ spaces for dangerous and challenging oral histories

    The deadline for submission of proposals is now 10 January.

    Each proposal should include: a title, an abstract of between 250-300 words, your name (and the names of any co-presenters, 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 Dangerous Oral Histories Conference Administrator, 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 2018.

    ORGANISING GROUP Anna Bryson, Arlene Crampsie, Ida Milne, Sean O’Connell, Rob Perks, Adrian Roche, Mary Stewart, Juliana Vandegrift.

  • 30 June 2018 – Proposals Close – Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa
    All day

    WSA(NZ)/ Pae Akoranga Wahine/
    Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies
    Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa:
    125 years of Suffrage and Beyond
    Victoria University of Wellington, 21-23rd September 2018
    Call for Papers
    Nau Mai Haere Mai – Welcome
    To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women’s suffrage in
    Aotearoa/New Zealand, WSA/PAW joins with the Stout Research Centre for New
    Zealand Studies in presenting a conference promoting feminist scholarship and
    activism. The conference will be an opportunity to advance current feminist
    engagements, while acknowledging and understanding the challenges of the past.
    We are committed to supporting many perspectives including those of Māori,
    Pasifika, Tauiwi, Pākehā and ethnic minority women.
    This conference will provide a forum for enduring feminist concerns including
    gendered violence, equal pay, reproduction, race, ethnicity, sexuality and class. It
    will also provide an opportunity to consider contemporary perspectives that
    emphasise intersectionality including issues around environmental sustainability,
    new reproductive technologies, transgender and women’s rights in work places.
    This two and a half day conference is part of a longer conversation in New Zealand
    about women’s rights and feminist activism in the community and academia. We
    hope for new insight and vigorous debate into the current state of feminism in
    New Zealand. To this end, we invite papers from academics, community,
    practitioners, and activists that address the conference themes, as indicated
    The Conference Programme Committee extends a general invitation for individual
    papers, workshops, panel discussions, performances and artistic displays
    addressing other themes relevant to the work of the association. We also strongly
    encourage proposals from community-based women’s groups and senior
    secondary school, graduate, and postgraduate students.
    Registration commences in July. Details will be made available shortly on the
    Association website www.wsanz.org.nz and the Stout Research Centre for New
    Zealand Studies website www.victoria.ac.nz/stout-centre.How to submit a proposal:
    Proposals are due June 30th 2018.
    Please email abstracts (not more than 200 words) and a brief bio to
    deborah.levy@vuw.ac.nz. For panels, present a description of its theme and purpose
    and submit abstracts for the individual contributions. Please nominate a contact person
    for the panel.

    In all cases please also provide:

    Full name and affiliation (where relevant) of presenters
    Full contact details (including email address and phone number)
    Title of your presentation
    An indication of the format: a 20-minute paper (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for
    questions), 60-minute workshop or panel, or a performance, art display, or poster
    Who can present at the Conference?
    Anyone is welcome to attend the conference subject to registration. We hope that
    presenters will also join the Women’s Studies Association, New Zealand (WSANZ). Details
    of membership can be found on www.wsanz.org.nz/membership. Note that WSANZ
    members receive a discount on conference registration equivalent to the membership fee.
    Conference Convenors
    Professor Ann Weatherall
    School of Psychology
    Victoria University of Wellington
    Associate Professor Kate Hunter
    Director, Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies
    Victoria University of Wellington