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    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).

    Polish Oral History Association
    Institute of History, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
    The “Remembrance and Future” Centre in Wrocław
    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

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    “New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange”


    ** 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.


    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)

  • 10:00 -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
    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