23-27 August 2021 Singapore International Oral History Association Virtual Conference

2021-08-23 - 2021-08-27 All day

The National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Library Board, are your hosts for the XXI International Oral History Association (IOHA) Conference in 2021.

The theme of the conference is Harmony & Disharmony: Bringing Together Many Voices.

At the core of oral history is a desire for a more complex and nuanced understanding of the world around us. While we value each oral account as unique, personal and subjective, bringing together many voices – whether in agreement or disagreement – allows greater meaning to be gleaned, refined and accumulated. Oral history teaches us to be considerate and empathetic to different voices and perspectives. What does this mean in the context of oral history taking root in more places and different cultures around the world? Where it is used in more and different contexts and disciplines? Aided and even led by changing technologies? Presented in different forms and bearing multiple uses? This conference invites papers which shed light on the growing diversity, multidimensionality and interdisciplinary applications of oral history.

As the IOHA conference enters Southeast Asia for the first time, the theme is also an invitation for reflection by the international oral history community to consider how we can help and support one another through friendships, networks and alliances.

Our panels and presentations will be structured around the following sub-themes:

  • Oral history, culture and community
  • Oral history, ethics and the law
  • Oral history and the arts
  • Oral history and technology
  • Oral history and politics
  • Oral history and business
  • Oral history and sports
  • Oral history and conflict
  • Oral history and indigenous communities
  • Inter- and cross-disciplinary applications of oral history (journalism, therapy, etc.)
  • Comparative studies of oral history

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    We are excited to announce that registration for TOHA 2021 is now open! Although we are going virtual once again, we have a great lineup in store for you.

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    For more information about TOHA and the conference, please visit www.baylor.edu/toha/2021conference. Also, follow us on Twitter (@TxOralHist) and Facebook (Texas Oral History Association) for news and updates.

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    All events will be hosted online via Zoom. They are free and open to the public with pre-registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    These events are open to all. You can use this quick survey to let us know how we could make these events more accessible for you. Note that we are able to provide ASL interpretation for any event, but need two weeks' notice. Please contact Rebecca McGilveray at rlm2203@columbia.edu with specific access requests or questions.

    With the permission of the speaker(s), we record these events to share on our YouTube channel. However, in accordance with an oral history practice of ongoing consent, we invite speakers to make decisions about how to share their recording after their event is completed, so we cannot guarantee that any event recording will be made public.


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    About the conference

    Oral History Tasmania and Oral History Australia, in partnership with the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery are presenting the conference in the island jewel of Tasmania. The main conference at the Tramsheds Function Centre, Launceston, will be on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October 2021, with plenary panels focusing on Oral History in Troubling Times and on Aboriginal Oral History in Tasmania. Oral history training workshops will be scheduled on Thursday 14 October. On Sunday 17 October we will host a selection of post-conference tours.

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