12 August 2009

XVI International Oral History Conference

XVI International Oral History Conference Between Past and Future

International Oral History Association and the Czech Oral History Association we invite you to participate in the Sixteenth International Oral History Conference, “Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning” that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 7 to 11 July 2010.

Oral history is a growing field within history: new methods, technologies and approaches as well as innovative perspectives and areas of research place it among the discipline’s most dynamic specialisations. Not surprisingly, we are very excited about sharing our research and experiences in Prague. It is also the first time that the IOHA will gather in the ancient city of Prague, located in the heart of Europe. Indeed, the recent history of the Czech Republic can offer new perspectives into our collective past and give insights into our future.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend and contribute to the success of our meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Prague.

Call for papers

Papers are invited from around the world for contributions to the XVIth International Oral History Conference hosted by the International Oral History Association in collaboration with the Czech Oral History Association and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

This year our attention will focus on finding and making meaning of the past and human identity through oral history. We will focus on number of research fields where oral history can contribute to better understanding not only of our past but our lives in general. Also, for the first time our conference will take place in an ex-totalitarian country. This enables us to analyse the specific role of oral history research in societies where other, especially official records about the past have been submitted to censorship or have been discarded.

We encourage scholars all around the world and all those who have worked with oral history in a wide range of settings such as museums, heritage agencies, academic institutions, law courts, radio and television, performing arts and community projects to participate in XVI International Oral History Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

Proposals may be for a conference paper or a thematic panel. Only those proposals clearly focused on oral history will be given consideration. Proposals will be evaluated according to their oral history focus, methodological and theoretical significance and relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes.

Individual papers - these will be grouped by the conference organizers into panels or workshops with papers which have a similar focus

Thematic panels - proposals for a thematic panel should contain no more than four presenters, representing different countries

During the conference Special Interest Groups will take place. These network sessions are intended for oral historians to meet, establish contacts, share resources and ideas. The places and times of SIGs will be announced in the programme of the conference. Suggestions and offers about possible themes are invited (please contact the local organisers).

Master classes led by internationally recognized oral history scholars and practitioners will be held before the Conference. To apply to these paid classes or workshops, please follow the Master Classes link at our website.
Proposal specifications

Please submit a 300-word maximum proposal summarizing your presentation, via the Conference Website: www.ioha2010prague.cz

Proposals (and subsequent papers) must be written in English or Spanish.

You will also be requested to supply the following information:

* Name
* Institutional or Academic Affiliation (not compulsory)
* Postal Address
* Email Address
* Telephone and Fax numbers
* Theme/s for your proposal
* Indication if the proposal is an individual paper or a thematic panel

Deadline for proposals: 6 September 2009

Presenters will be required to send their final paper in idiomatic English or Spanish, with a summary in both languages. Summaries will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. Translations should be of publishable quality, preferably written or reviewed by a native speaker or professional translator in that language. The Organizing Committee will notify acceptance or rejection of proposals by October 31, 2009.

The Conference will allow as much as possible to the conference audiences to hear the voices of narrators and will provide all the necessary technical equipment.

1. Memories of violence, war and totalitarianism. The persecuted, civil rights, trauma and forgetting
2. Memory and Politics: Experiences of political participation
3. Islands of Freedom: The role of subculture, folklore and oral traditions in society. Alternative culture, music, dance and identity.
4. Memories of Family: Motherhood, fatherhood and generational exchange
5. Migrations: Exile, migratory movements, diaspora and the search of identity
6. The World of Work: Memories and experiences. Gender and the perception of labour
7. Gender/ing memories and the making of sexual identities. Oral Histories of gays and lesbians.
8. Health and Healthcare: health centres, the elderly and disabled; health workers
9. Ecology and Disasters: Environmental issues, natural heritage and cultural change
10. Sharing/Passing on Beliefs: Religion and oral traditions
11. Organizing Oral History: Institutions, archives, museums, organizations and grassroots groups.
12. Methodological, archival and technological issues Theory and Method in Oral History: Legal and ethical issues.
13. Teaching Oral History: Experiences in formal and informal education
14. Oral History and the Media


If you have questions or would like advice from an IOHA Council member about a conference proposal, you may contact your regional representative as follows:

Radikobo Ntsimane (South Africa) - ntsimaner@ukzn.ac.za

Tineke Jansen (UK/China) - elintiya@mac.com

Mirek Vanek (Czech Republic) - vanek@usd.cas.cz
Miren Llona (Spain) miren.llona@ehu.es

South America:
Pablo Pozzi (Argentina) - ppozzi@arnet.com.ar
Antonio Montenegro (Brazil)- antoniomontenegr@hotmail.com

North America:
Alexander Freund (Canada) - a.freund@uwinnipeg.ca
Calinda Lee (USA) - calinda.lee@emory.edu
Juan Gutiérrez (USA) - juan_gutierrez@csumb.edu

Megan Hutching (New Zealand) - meganhutching@hotmail.com
To contact the Conference organizers in Prague, please email or write to:

Pavel Mücke - mucke@usd.cas.cz

Oral History Center
Institute of Contemporary History
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Vlašská 9
118 40 Praha (Prague)
Czech Republic

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