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  • 1 June 2019 Korean Oral History Association 10 year anniversary
    All day
    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.

    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.

  • 10-19 June: Oral History Summer School 2019
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    Applications are now open for Oral History Summer School 2019! We have two workshops in Hudson, NY this summer. Come all ye budding oral historians, artists, advocates, and researchers who wish to make of use of oral history in your practices. More information and registration on our website: www.oralhistorysummerschool.com

    Oral History Intensive + Oral History and Public Art
    Dates: June 10 – June 19
    Location: Solaris, Hudson, New York
    Instructors: Suzanne Snider with guest instructor Todd Shalom
    Level: All are welcome

    This immersive summer workshop is a rigorous introduction to the field of Oral History. Over the course of ten days, we’ll cover interview techniques, project design, recording tutorials, and ethics, along with special topics related to the field.

    Location: Solaris, Hudson, New York
    Instructors: Suzanne Snider with guest instructor Nikki Yeboah
    Level: All are welcome

    In this writing and oral history workshop, students experiment with a range of literary forms that use oral history as both source material and text.
    About OHSS: Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as an immersive training program to help students from varied fields––writers, social workers, radio producers, artists, teachers, human rights workers––make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work. Workshops are open to all levels of experience
  • 13 June 2019 NOHANZ AGM
    18:30 -20:30
    To all Members,


    The NOHANZ AGM will be held on Thursday 13 June at 6.30 pm. Members are invited to attend in person at 3rd Floor, Auckland Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland, or at a Wellington venue (TBA) or via Skype/ Zoom. Details on how to join online and confirmation of the Wellington venue will be advised at a later date.


    Please send any apologies to Alison Day at dralisonsday@gmail.com


    At the BGM 2018 we passed a motion to change from a BGM to an AGM. This is to satisfy financial reporting requirements.

    NOHANZ Exec

  • 17-28 June 2019 Summer Institute in Oral History
    All day

    2019 Summer Institute
    Columbia Center for Oral History Research
    Oral History from the Margins to the Center: Narrating the Politics of our Times

    Discussion published by Amy Starecheski on Monday, January 28, 2019
    What do oral historians, journalists, and scholars of contemporary history do when the president of the United States, supported by numerous members of Congress, tells blatant lies and strives to undermine our access to traditionally reliable sources of information and democratic processes? What do oral historians, journalists, and scholars of contemporary history do when scientific knowledge is dismissed as mere opinion? What do oral historians, journalists, and scholars of contemporary history do when false information is knowingly transmitted with the precise aim of enhancing distrust?

    The 2019 Summer Institute in Oral History will focus on the challenges we face in documenting the political present when secrecy and distortions of truth threaten the most vulnerable in open societies. What role does public memory and the search for meaning play in rescuing and preserving the stories that we most need to hear? Specifically, we will explore what journalists, oral historians, advocates, and scholars of the present can learn from each other, as we sharpen our skills and awareness of how to document the stories that we most need to record and disseminate.

    The overarching goal of the 2019 Institute will focus on the role of oral history in opening up multiple accounts of truth and the search for meaning that otherwise may remain marginal – moving them to the center of our political discourse.

    The 2019 Institute will take place June 17–June 28 at Columbia University.


    Doug Boyd, a leading oral historian and digital expert, will speak to the promise and risks of the digital age: including protection in a time of enhanced surveillance.
    Mary Marshall Clark, director of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, has directed several projects on contemporary political history, including the Guantanamo: Rule of Law Oral History Project.
    Sheila Coronel, academic dean of the Columbia Journalism School and past director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, began her career reporting in the Philippines for the underground opposition press.
    June Cross, a documentarian at Columbia Journalism School whose work highlights the stories of the dispossessed and the importance of community dialogues.
    Terrell Frazier, whose work directly addresses the intersection of sociology, oral history, and political organizing.
    Ronald Grele, director emeritus, Columbia Center for Oral History Research.
    Alessandro Portelli, whose pioneering oral history work and writing has demonstrated the intersections between memory, history, and literature in searching for multiple, diverse memories.
    Linda Shopes, whose history as an editor and publisher has often focused on unheard stories.
    Gabriel Solis, executive director of the Texas After Violence Project, which is dedicated to telling stories about violence, mass incarceration, and the death penalty as an urgent health issue.
    Amy Starecheski, director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia, and an activist and urban oral historian who focuses on low-income communities.

    Priority deadline: February 28, 2019
    Application deadline: April 1, 2019
    Admissions decisions will be released by April 10.
    Early decisions are available upon request.

    For inquiries, please contact Summer Institute co-directors: Mary Marshall Clark (mmc17@columbia.edu) and Terrell Frazier (tf2292@columbia.edu).

  • 28-29 June 2019 CFP: Oral History Network of Ireland’s Annual Conference “Oral History in a Digital World” — Limerick City
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    CFP: Oral History Network of Ireland’s Annual Conference “Oral History in a Digital World” — Limerick City, 28 & 29 June 2019

    by Arlene Crampsie

    The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2019 conference on the theme of “Oral History in a Digital World.” Collecting oral history in digital formats and putting recordings online is increasingly becoming standard practice for oral historians. As such, this conference offers a timely opportunity to consider the possibilities and challenges offered by technological advances and wider accessibility to collections through online platforms. This two-day conference will take place at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, 2019.


    Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome to this year’s conference Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at University of Kentucky, past president of the Oral History Association, and manager of Oral History in the Digital Age. Doug is a key innovator in the archiving and dissemination of oral history and leads the team that developed the free, open-source OHMS system which synchronises text with audio and video online. He is the co-editor (with Mary A. Larson) of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014.


    Conference contributions are welcome in a range of formats:

    • Standard conference papers (20 minutes)
    • 10-minute presentations for our “Moments” panels, focusing on outstanding or memorable individuals, experiences, and/or incidents that influenced or changed the way the presenter practices oral history
    • Posters and visual presentations

    While we welcome proposals on any topic related to oral history, we are particularly interested in proposals that take an imaginative approach to the “Oral History in a Digital World” conference theme. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):

    • Collecting, archiving, and disseminating digital oral histories
    • Technological possibilities and challenges
    • Methods and techniques
    • From tapes and CDs to digital formats
    • Increasing access and engagement with digital tools
    • Digital oral history in the classroom
    • Social media and oral history
    • Ethical and legal issues of online oral histories
    • Re-using online oral history collections
    • Innovative online projects

    To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (of no more than 250 words) along with your name; the name of your group, organisation, or institution; and your email address to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie before 5 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019. All proposals must demonstrate a clear engagement with oral history and/or personal testimony, and we actively encourage the use of audio clips. The conference committee’s decision on successful abstracts will be communicated to potential presenters in March.


    Registration for the conference and further information will shortly be posted on the conference page of our website. For further details or queries, please contact us through info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.